My friends, we are going to disagree on different things, and whether or not Justice Brett Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court of the United States is probably one of them. Some (well, a few) people I highly respect think voting for Judge Kavanaugh to be confirmed is insane, and that we should at the very least be doing an additional FBI background check into the allegations of rape as presented by Dr. Dianne Ford.
Then, there are others like myself who think it’s insane to believe that the whole fiasco being spread across the airwaves and social media is an example of the worst Washington, D.C. has to offer those who are pro-life, support traditional definitions of marriage, and did not vote for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election.
However, one thing has been an integral part of both testimonies: ALCOHOL.
Let me go on record, if I haven’t already, by stating that I do not believe it is biblical to categorically claim that consuming beverage alcohol is a sin; there is no scripture that says it is, only those of which some may attempt squeeze out an implication (they eisegete rather than exegete). However, there is plenty of scripture that clearly spells out the dangers of unwise consumption and abuse of alcohol, all of which is sinful and destructive.
For just a moment, would somebody stop praising Dr. Ford for being a brave victim while I back away while I temporarily back away from defending the qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh? Why were these people allowed to publicly consume alcohol when they were teenagers? Why did Kavanaugh’s upper-crust high school yearbook glorify teenage drunkenness like it was a right of passage? Where were all the adults when all these supposed drinking parties took place?
Who drives their 15-year-old daughter to a party where alcohol is going to be consumed and then does nothing about it when she comes home smelling like booze?
What is so wonderful about teenagers knowing the names of drinking games?
And, Judge Kavanaugh, you were proud to remain a virgin until marriage, but nowhere in your study of Scripture was it obvious that drunkenness could lead to situations in which you might find yourself asking, “What did I do last night?”
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has conflicts? Who has complaints? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has red eyes?  Those who linger over wine; those who go looking for mixed wine.  Don’t gaze at wine because it is red, because it gleams in the cup and goes down smoothly.  In the end it bites like a snake and stings like a viper.  Your eyes will see strange things, and you will say absurd things.  You’ll be like someone sleeping out at sea or lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.  “They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I didn’t know it! When will I wake up? I’ll look for another drink.” [Pro 23:29-35 CSB]
Guilty or not, the elephant in the room is the foolishness of those who think alcohol played no part in this. It did – big time. And the footprints are trackable through the ruined lives who abused the stuff.
12 responses to “The Elephant In the Kavanaugh Hearing Room”
I wish I could give this post a billion stars because that is exactly what has been on my mind since this started!
Teenagers and alcohol! You can only warn them and do your best to set a good example. But here in the UK where the legal age is 18 what is a parent to do when a teenager goes to parties – or when they leave for University where what they do is out of parental sight? John went to Uni two Sundays ago. In the early hours (03:50) two Wednesdays ago – i.e. when students had been there three days, an 18-year old went missing after using a footbridge to cross the river from the city back to the same campus that John is on. This boy had been in a night club. Today the police retrieved a body from the river (yet to be formally identified). I cannot begin to imagine what his parents are going through.
That’s really sad.
I just think of all the real things that are going on while this circus is being performed…
Excellent point! It is a huge problem that is often ignored completely.
Blessings, grace and peace.
I perceive a different elephant in the room. Our form of government has been the most stable form of government in the world since it’s inception. That system is now beginning to fail. It is being destabilized and is beginning to crack and in real danger of crumbling. Chaos is becoming the new normal at the national level, which portends collapse to be picked up by something that can only be described as evil. And I’m not a pessimist by nature.
One thing I know is that sometime the legal age for alcohol changed from 18 to what it is now at 21. So, it could be possible that at some point someone may have been legal. Not saying this is the reason but I know back in the early and to mid 80s getting alcohol was easy to get a hold of. I was able to get it at age 15 on a military base. None of these people are innocent but if what I have heard is true the true identity of the people who did this the sentators know already. I have drank a lot of booze for many years but today am very thankful that God has me now and that I recently celebrated 20 years of sobriety. Do I remember every drunk party I attended no I do not or the many times I woke in a unfamiliar place but that is on me not another person… HOWEVER, this claim is well over 30 years and he has been FBI investigated over 6 different times. We need to see those results.
Amen and amen!!
The World Health Organization agrees with your opinion on alcohol, as do I. The fact is, that alcohol consumption is on the rise, as are all the harmful effects caused by it. The statistics are startling; 5.3 % of all deaths worldwide are attributable to alcohol consumption.
There are now studies of upper middle class and rich teens, following them through high school and into college. One of five of the girls and one in four of the boys are diagnosed with an addiction disorder by age 25. Parental attention, especially having dinner with teens, was a deterrent, as well as the parents making sure that the teens know drugs/alcohol/etc would not be covered up, are not ok, are not condoned. I told my son he’d be benched for sports and at home benched for the internet/computer and grounded until I thought he had learned and that I thought it would take me longer than his coaches. Parents need to not turn a blind eye and the “boys will be boys” and “girls on substances are fair game” is categorically unacceptable. All teens need to take responsibility for their actions and hear that message loud and clear from their parents.
Absolutely! Thanks for sharing that.
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