Justice Kavanaugh vs. Isaiah 5:20 – The Shocking Truth about 21st Century Religion and PoliticsBronson Haley
We continually hear about the various government leaders of America, the vicious and alarming hatred flooding the political streets of our nation, and everything that God hates about sinners in our culture today. But surely there is a bigger picture, right?
Certainly God has not abandoned us in such a terrible way, as evidenced by the malicious strife surrounding the nomination, investigation, and eventual confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court justice, right?
Where is our hope, really? What does God truly have to say about this kind of hatred, division, and chaos amongst the highest authorities in our land? And, finally, is God’s “order” in Washington, DC, truly over, or will He give us more time to reconcile?
God’s opinion about Judge Kavanaugh and his rocky road to becoming an associate justice will shock both Republicans and Democrats. Around 2,400 years ago, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about what’s happening right now in the White House—and it actually happened for the first time 2,000 years ago. So we ALL need to be paying close attention to what God says about what’s going on.
The first step in comprehending God’s perspective about the Kavanaugh drama is to better understand the often misunderstood word hypocrite. According to Wikipedia, a hypocrite is “a person who practices hypocrisy.” And, in turn, hypocrisy is: “the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence, in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another.”
A hypocrite is therefore someone who “practices” hypocrisy, in the same way a doctor “practices” medicine or an attorney “practices” law. With that in mind let’s now dig into the Bible and discover from God’s perspective whom the word hypocrisy was created for.
I searched for every scripture that contains the term hypocrite in the NASB version of the Bible, and my findings shocked me. The term was never used to describe a person in the Old Testament. This is very interesting considering that we know now by the enlightenment of the apostle Paul that “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase …” (Romans 5:20 NASB). The law, then, was given ONLY so that humanity could be aware of sin. It actually makes good sense, then, that God would not use such a harsh term like hypocrite to describe anyone already trapped in sin by the laws of Moses, with no hope of escape but by the shedding of blood.
For God to describe the sinners of the Old Testament with the word hypocrite would make the Lord out to be kind of a jerk in my opinion. So, according to what God has said in the scriptures, the word hypocrite cannot be used to describe people based on sin alone. This means that all people who have not been born again cannot be called hypocrites because of their sin.
Turning to the New Testament, we find that Jesus used the word hypocrite to describe people who had obvious issues with Him personally. The only ones who had real problems with the Lord Jesus as He healed and delivered sinners were the religious and political leaders of Israel—even though Jesus was the prophesied Immanuel that they taught would one day save Israel from the hand of all their enemies and heal their land (Isaiah 7:14-16). To make matters even more confusing, the religious and political leaders in Israel who falsely accused Jesus were also desperately waiting on the prophesied Immanuel (their personal Savior) to come. These were experts in the laws of Moses and prophecy—and still they missed all the signs that pointed to Jesus as the promised Messiah!
According to God’s Word, then, all Christians who are not in religious and political leadership positions are in the clear of being accurately labeled as hypocrites, regardless of whether or not they are living in sin. I suspect, therefore, that we can clear Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford from hypocrite status, because it appears God is less concerned about her in this situation. I personally see her as a victim in a sordid drama that has only increased her personal trauma stemming from whatever happened to her in the past.
As we dig further into the use of the word hypocrite in the New Testament, we see that it was only Jesus Himself who used the term to describe anyone. It is truly only by the red letters that we can find this mysterious term describing a person in the Bible! Even more, with this understanding we can be certain that whenever we use hypocrite to describe an individual, we are using the term incorrectly in God’s eyes.
The term hypocrite in the Bible was never used to describe Christians who struggled with sin, or sinners who never received Jesus. As a matter of fact Jesus had no issues with sinners. When He walked the earth with us, Jesus dined with sinners, and they flocked to His side and loved Him. The term hypocrite was never used to expose sin in the Bible, and as already mentioned, it was only used by the Son of God Himself—the only living being with authority to judge the heart of anyone, which appears to be necessary to use this term according to what God has revealed in His Word.
So now we know that only Jesus is permitted to use the term hypocrite and that He ONLY used it to expose the evil in the hearts of religious and political leaders. Knowing this, let’s next take a closer look at the people He described using this term.
The people Jesus called hypocrites were actually the same people Isaiah warned would one day call good evil and evil good: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20 NIV). We also know that God did not view man as good before Jesus came to earth.
It just so happened that, by reasons beyond our current understanding, those who called evil good and good evil turned out to be the leaders of God’s people at the same time Jesus came to earth to rescue them. God’s own people—whom He had referred to as the “apple of his eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10 NIV)—appeared to hate Jesus once they discovered He claimed to be the Son of God who came to earth to reconcile all men to the Father. So a spirit of hatred existed in the very people who also waited patiently for the Savior of Israel to come into the world. For this reason Jesus said, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25 NASB). In saying this, Jesus pointed out that even though the rulers and elders of Israel waited patiently for the Son of God (their personal Savior) to be revealed, they also had a terrible evil within them—an evil that had been waiting patiently to kill Him for 4,000 years. As seen in the book of Genesis, Satan had been warned by God that God Himself would send enmity (Jesus) between evil (Satan’s seed) and the woman (God’s seed), and that by the enmity, all evil works would be destroyed (Genesis 3:15). When Jesus appeared on earth and Satan realized He was the enmity that God had spoken of 4,000 years prior, the kingdom of evil began to conspire against the Lord.
It was shocking to the ordinary sinners who followed Jesus to see their own religious and political leaders and mentors hating their personal Savior. The more miracles Jesus performed, the fiercer the hate became. In the end the haters of the Messiah turned out to be full of lies and even murder. This becomes even more shocking considering those who sought the life of Christ were in fact the rulers and elders in the Promised Land of God. These hypocrites (did I say that?) were scripture teachers, respected religious and political royalty, and, for the most part, highly educated—and all of them kept up the cleanest and most prestigious appearance in the world. And yet they were the ONLY hypocrites in the world according to God? This is almost starting to sound like a description of Judge Kavanaugh, based on everything reported throughout the investigation and hearing. But how will we ever know for sure? We won’t. Only Jesus Himself can sort it out!
This brings us to some tough realities regarding the use of the word hypocrite in religion and politics. Not only can we not use the term ourselves, but it doesn’t simply describe a sinner. Hypocrite doesn’t even describe a Christian sinner who is not ALSO an elite religious or political leader. And no one is permitted to use it but the Lord Jesus. So why in the heck are we even talking about this? Hang in there! It’s EXTREMELY important that any of us do not misuse this term so that we unintentionally become an adversary of the Lord Jesus. And understanding what a hypocrite is in religious and political institutions is the ONLY way to know the truth about what’s happening in the ongoing saga involving Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.
So what does the Bible say about Judge Kavanaugh, his accusers, or whoever may be truly guilty of this abomination and hypocrisy of desolation before God? “He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15 NASB):
That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages which were before us. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 NASB)
If we want to truly understand what’s happening in the political house of the United States, we have to discover where it has also happened in the Bible and then correctly interpret what we find there, as this can be our only true guide to comprehending even something as crazy as this very active “believe whatever the people say and crucify accordingly” spirit of pharisaism in the nation’s capital.
Let’s look at some basic prophecy so that we can better understand and get a perspective on how people can be so blind that they confuse lies with the truth in the way they view the political machine today. Some key questions are: Is God evil? Or is He good? And who is right?
First let’s go back to Isaiah and a fuller context for the verse quoted earlier:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent. (Isaiah 5:20-23 NIV)
Here the prophet Isaiah sent out a strong warning to the people of Israel (symbolic for the religious and political institutions today). His concern centered on good being on its way into the world in the form of the Messiah, but it also appeared to Isaiah that there would soon be trouble in the Promised Land:
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7-9 NASB)
When Jesus came to earth and started His public ministry, He immediately began warning His followers (sinners) of the evil that Isaiah had warned about long ago. While teaching the crowds, Jesus abruptly and surprisingly rebuked the rulers and elders of Israel (Pharisees, Sadducees, and religious scribes, who made up the political parties and religious leadership of His day). As quickly as the rebuke rang out, the Lord would turn to His friends (the sinners) with warnings about the self-righteous (the religious and political leaders). No doubt it was uncomfortable for these sinners to hear Jesus explain that the religious and political elites of Israel were evil and dangerous. It probably seemed quite crazy—until they began to see it exposed in those leaders by the Lord personally.
So the people whom Isaiah had prophesied would call evil good and good evil were in fact the leaders of God’s own people, according to Jesus Himself. The most “righteous” men in the land proved to be full of lies and murder.
This is the same evil being exposed in the religious and political institutions of the United States of America today. Who can even know which political party is evil and which is good? You can’t ask a Republican or a Democrat today, just like you couldn’t ask a Pharisee or Sadducee 2,000 years ago. If you do ask someone today, he or she will claim to be good and then accuse the other side of being evil.
We can see that our religious leaders are calling evil good and good evil no matter which clan you join or accuse. If we were to narrow our target down to only Protestants, we would still be dealing with hundreds, if not thousands, of different denominations, depending on how various researchers define denomination. Regardless, why are Full Gospel churches condemning cessationists for being evil, keeping them from receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit? And why are cessationists in turn accusing the Full Gospel churches of speaking in satanic tongues? We need to admit that no matter who may be wrong, we have people calling good evil and evil good within the house of God.
Furthermore, who will God hold accountable? The bad leaders? Or the good leaders who were not good enough to do anything about it? Then we have to decide for ourselves who the bad leaders and good leaders are. And who is responsible for the final harvest planned by Jesus, as He can’t even trust Christians because of the sedition and emulation being practiced in the house of God?
And why are so many of us so angry and disgusted with gays, transgenders, and the “godless” generation of millennials on the earth today? “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35 NIV).
So who is evil and who is good? History proves that Jesus may call forth the most unsuspected at any moment by His word and according to His divine authority and foreknowledge. It would be better for us to stay out of His way with our judgments about how He has planned to clean up this mess.
So what do I personally think is happening in the White House regarding Judge Kavanaugh? From what I can tell, this is simply a fulfilled prophecy that has come full circle for the second time:
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!” And he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!” … And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!” (Matthew 27:22-23, 25 NASB)
There appears to be no law or shame considered with the kind of hate described in this scripture.
We truly can do nothing about what we see going on with the leadership of this country. Democrats will NEVER persuade Republicans and vice versa, and the same goes with the most divided religious institutions. And we are not permitted to accuse one side or the other. The best thing to do right now is to shut our mouths and allow Jesus Christ to speak into this situation by way of the red letters in the Bible, such as:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.” (Matthew 23:15 NIV)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:23 NASB)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:27-28 NASB)
“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.” (Matthew 23:34-36 NASB)
So who except Jesus Himself can be this bold and critical toward the smartest, most successful, most disciplined, most educated, and most tested and tried leaders of this nation standing before God today?
We can even find elements of faith and prophecy in the example of Rahab the harlot. So whether I’m the harlot or you are, what we are makes no difference because there is likely faith and prophecy in us both and we are only characters in His work within humanity. When I skim over my studies throughout the past decade and beyond, I see faces of Democrats speaking truth to me and I also see faces of Republicans sharing wisdom. My work is a culmination of the enlightenment I have received from cessationists, Assemblies of God ministers, Catholic priests, and Baptist pastors. If I would try to name every Christian organization I have learned something from, I would certainly forget many of them. And so my heart is breaking as I witness my heroes being so motivated to slay one another.
In Luke 12:49 (NASB), Jesus stated, “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!” In this setting He had been teaching about His return, among other topics. He had already warned that it was most important for His listeners to be watchful and ready for His appearing:
Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.” (Luke 12:41-43 NIV)
Out of context Jesus’s statement about wishing fire was already kindled can make Him sound bloodthirsty toward the religious and political leaders of Israel whom He had just rebuked. They, along with His disciples and other followers, listened and heard His opinions about their hypocrisy. Then, after describing the warning of His return and how His followers are to prepare, Jesus made a statement about a coming fire and how in His heart He wished it were already prepared to be poured out, so what’s going on there? Jesus could only have spoken in this way by understanding the grace to be poured out after He had conquered sin so that He could target the evil with the fire, reconcile the children to the Father, and restore their land—with the presence of evil being identified and singled out from among the people thanks to the message of mercy and grace that would soon be accomplished through Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Jesus is not angry with our leadership personally, nor was He talking to the religious and political leaders in Israel in Luke 12:49. Rather He spoke directly to the evil in them, which could not have been personal considering the evil had become His target by fire, based on how Satan planned to enslave and destroy us before we were even born. We are the Lord’s children, “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world …” (Ephesians 1:4 NASB). Then, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13 NASB). With this truth it makes more sense to think about Jesus knowing the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7), having our names inscribed on His palms (Isaiah 49:16), and catching our tears before they even hit the ground (Psalm 56:8). These are all reasons the Lord is faithful despite our weaknesses. When He looks upon us, He sees His own work from long ago. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13 NASB).
What will soon take place in Washington will be frightening. But when the dust settles, we will see that we have more time to humble ourselves before the Lord as one nation under God. This shaking will be the response of a faithful King and by way of a higher understanding than we now operate in. With our current level of pride, division, hatred, chaos, and murder, we have boldly and shamelessly declared war against God—even by the most basic interpretation of scripture.
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time…. (1 Peter 5:5-6 NASB)
There are those who will object to this call for humility because of the misunderstood history and behavior of President Donald Trump. However, God is using Donald Trump to overwhelm and expose the corruption in Washington with more wisdom and aggression than the evil seed can overcome. God’s purpose for our president is to shake up our leadership and shake out the sons and daughters of sedition by an authority who has already conquered Donald Trump’s own sin and the sin of our entire nation—the resurrected Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
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