The Peace of a Clear Conscience

This first part has nothing to do with why I am writing today. Just bear with me for a moment.

To begin with, I want to say that I feel like my blogging life has nearly dwindled and fizzled away. It’s sorta sad, I must say. For so long blogging has been an integral part of my life – over 10 years, to be precise.

However, the changes that have taken place in my life over the last year have forced me to reallocate my short blocks of attention to new places. So many things have demanded my energy that the simple task of sitting down to write has often brought feelings of dread.

The way I see it, there are more important things in this pandemic-riddled, socially-divided, always stressed, perpetually pressured world than keeping a regular blogging schedule and maintaining a high number of viewers.

I’ll be honest with you, up until the virus hit, I didn’t have any hobbies. On the other hand, there was my blog. There was this one and Proverbial Thought into which I put a lot of mental and creative energy. But now, here in the “new normal,” blogging has fallen way down the priority list.

Do I want to stop blogging? Of course not! But I definitely can’t afford for this to sap away valuable time and effort from other ministry efforts. The key will be to keep things in their proper places.

If you’ve gotten this far, you’re a wonderful person!

The real reason I decided to write was not to talk about blogging, but about Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s no-note responses to Senate questioning. It was beautiful.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, when you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. In other words, when you always tell the truth you don’t have to remember the lie you told last week, last month, or ten minutes ago.

The thing about Judge Barrett’s testimony was that she didn’t use any notes!

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

She literally sat there for hours answering question after question about her past, past court cases she adjudicated, and even other cases with which the Democrats tried to make her trip. Yet, with no notes, she answered their questions with calm poise and grace.

When questions came up about her oath of office, she did bristle a little. In her lengthy testimony she made it clear on multiple occasions that she had NEVER broken her oath and she NEVER would. I believe her! And I believe it is precisely because she had kept her oath and done nothing crooked as a judge that she could sit there with a sense of peace and serenity that few of the senators even came close to having.

She didn’t have notes because she was smart enough to remember. But she also didn’t have notes because she didn’t have to remember what she never did.

Oh, how sweet it would be if all of us could have the peace of a clear conscience.


Filed under General Observations, politics

12 responses to “The Peace of a Clear Conscience

  1. I would like someone with more gravitas, and someone who isn’t Catholic.

    I think Rome is over-represented on SCOTUS. 🙂

    But she seems like a nice person.

    • This is only my personal opinion, so understand I mean no offense (I am a Baptist, just remember). But I believe there is a reason why there are more Catholics on the bench and fewer Baptists, Pentecostals, etc. The reason is that for a long time Baptists have poo-poo’d ivy-league level education, even distrusted those with degrees not from Bible schools or seminaries. Even when it comes to the academic standards of the seminaries they attend, I would dare say few come close to top-tier schools. Remember how preachers used to call seminaries “cemeteries”?

      I find it a shame that the majority of classic doctrinal works are written by Presbyterians, or the like (Reformed). Why not Baptists? We just don’t put a premium on that one little part of that first of the two great commandments: “with all your mind.” Catholic families and Presb. families more often do.

      • Even if Baptist did seek higher classical education, if they refused to compromise on the Gospel, they’d still be held in disdain.

        But I do see your point and concede that.

        Hey, I’m never offended BTW. If you can’t have a free exchange of ideas, we might as well close up shop!

  2. In Canada there was the Protestant and the Catholic schools. Then the Gov’ts came along and took over the Protestant schools. I think you will find that there is a lot of historical Christianity in the schools but over the past 100 years there has been a shift. Darwin had something to do with that. And now its coming back. some of the smartest minds are Christian. Francis Collins and Bill Phillips and others like Gerhard Ertl .

    Not everyone is preaching like John Hagee, but some of these guys are the smartest in the world. And even Mike Pence. has a BA in History and a law degree. Pence was a Catholic then became a born again Christian.

    Some times the Catholics are actual christians too and they just need to get their religion to match up with what they read in the bible and Poof.

  3. Be of good cheer about blogging, Anthony! It’s okay to only blog once every quarter or something. It’s also okay to pursue other hobbies and ministries that feel like they need to take precedence in your life. And if you put it down for a season, you can always pick it up again at a later date.

    Great points about Judge Barrett. I was just pleased because I have always hated taking notes, and often been pressured into doing it just for show. It’s supposed to indicate you care. Sometimes it does! Some people like their notes, it is just that sometimes things are simply written on the tablet of your heart.

    • I think there is left right thinking and up down thinking. (not the right terms.) what I mean is, some people can remember the whole of a sentence or question but others will get lost if you keep talking about other things. So they have to write down each point so they can reach back. I am one of those people.
      I could invent a Jet fighter one day but then the next forget what the special difference was and just drop it. Others may not be able to be creative but If I had explained the points they will have them for life.
      Each person has a talent. She likely also remembers names well. I write mine on my shirt so I don’t forget.

  4. Anthony may feel frazzled with this covid like the rest of us. It sort of removes direction, drive, the calling of God, organization and breeds depression and apathy. With an election looming its distracting and people are all bent out of shape. People will need to create a cause or two to get behind to get the organized motion back in life.

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