Kavanaugh could teach us all about community


Irving Robert “Bobby” Cohoon

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I have been watching the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And, so far it has gone along the lines that I had long figured it would go: the Republicans (for the most part) asking questions of substance and the Democrats (for the most part) looking for that “gotcha” moment and posturing for possible presidential runs. What surprises me most, I guess, is that we would attack the character of this man and try to prevent his rising to the highest court in the land.

I will allude to Matthew 25, as did candidate Kavanaugh. Here’s a real quick paraphrase: “When I hungry you fed me; when I was thirsty you fed me; when I was thirsty you gave me drink .…” With Kavanaugh we are talking about a man who gives back to the community. By his own admission he feeds the hungry; he gives them food and drink. He reaches out to the kids of the community by coaching basketball.

But what impressed me even more was what he did when he noticed there was a shortage of blacks applying to be law clerks. He went to those who were possibly being locked out of these positions and not only encouraged them to apply, but taught them how to apply, where to apply, what they needed to read to be the best at getting the positions. He went so far as to give these bright young minds his email and phone number to contact him for any information or help he was able to give.

In our age of “gotcha,” posturing, of trying to divide America, maybe we could all take a step back and learn something from the new Supreme Court nominee. Maybe we all have something to offer our communities — something other than government. Maybe that something we can offer is ourselves.

Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.” What if we fed that one person? What if we visited that one person in prison? What if instead of looking to divide and tear down a good man, we looked for ways to bring each of us together?

Maybe if we decided to step aside from our labels of Democrat and Republican and embraced our titles of Children of the King we would see the world in a new light, a light changed on the cross. 

Irving Robert “Bobby” Cohoon

Poplar Branch