Things we did in high school l Worship

By Pastor David W Parks, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church | Oct 10, 2018

As I write this, I’m aware that the President of the United States has asked for a comprehensive investigation of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. There are multiple and credible reports of serious misconduct, harassment and sexual assault against him during his high school and college years.

I’ve been thinking back to my own days in high school in the 1970s. I remember the parties, the slang, the temptations to experiment with alcohol, drugs and sex. I remember the music, the cars, and the late nights out. I remember trying to figure out who I was and what kind of person I wanted to be.

I also remember my church friends at the time. I’m glad that we had adults in our lives who took interest in us, shared wisdom and offered encouragement. I remember the influence of men that I respected.

At the time, I’m sure I thought they were “over the hill” and quite unaware of the kinds of things swirling in the minds of young men like myself. They couldn’t possibly have understood the explosion of hormones we endured. Or, could they?

Now, all these years later, I am thankful for the “elders” that came alongside me during high school. My dad and many others showed me something about respect for women. He wanted me to know how to, “open a door for a lady,” to listen to women and to believe them.  We learned that a man must never, ever take advantage of a woman. No matter how stoned or aroused, that was a line that could not be crossed.

I am deeply moved by the courage of women coming forward with their accounts of abuse and assault. These events have opened a window for many to speak of the wounds and violations committed against them. Disclosure is powerful.

As of the time of this writing, I don’t know the outcome of the FBI investigation. I don’t know what Brett Kavanaugh did or didn’t do to the young women in his life.

I DO know that no amount of adolescent energy, academic success, devotion to athletics, white male privilege, Ivy League affluence, buckets of beer or the passage of time is an excuse to harm another person or to lie about it afterward.

If Kavanaugh is innocent of the allegations, I hope his name is cleared. If he is guilty, I hope he confesses and withdraws from the process.

This is an important moment for Kavanaugh. It is an important moment for our country. From the halls of Congress, to the Bench of the Supreme Court, to the Oval Office, it’s a reckoning that character, temperament and integrity matter.

 

 

 

 

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