Our much esteemed US senators are to a vast majority good Christians or religionists. Of the 100 senators, there are currently 22 Catholics, 14 Presbyterians, 11 Baptists, 11 Methodists, 10 Protestants/Lutherans, 4 Episcopalians, 10 other Christians, 4 Mormons, 8 Jews, 1 Buddhist, and 5 unaffiliated members. They are soon about to judge the quality and status of President Trump, once the two articles of Impeachment will have reached the Senate. This is a most ponderous task, and I would expect them all not to take this duty lightly, or to approach it simply politically. I would like to suggest to them all that they probe their consciousness very deeply, leave aside their party affiliation, and recognize that they are, as our representatives, the bedrock of our democratic constitution, that they remember both their oath which they had pledged before they took their office in the Senate and their own ethical foundation.
They are now asked to serve as judges, and they must uphold the highest level of rational, moral, and ethical standards. That’s a very ponderous obligation, especially if we consider all the external sources of influence on them, that is, the various political groups, the lobbyists, the money-changing hands, the secret telephone calls, the economic parties, and, at the end, also the Russian cyber-attackers who have successfully infiltrated our electoral system, our political process, and so, our heart and souls on behalf of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But let’s not fear, those senators are, as we just observed, mostly very religious, irrespective of their specific Church affiliation or denomination. The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (Rep., KY) is an avowed Baptist. Good, so he will know that his decisions regarding Trump will be evaluated later by the Lord and will determine whether he will be damned or saved in the afterlife. Even though the 5 unaffiliated members are all Democrats, we can trust that they will also abide by our laws, our public principles, our standard norms of ethic and morality.
So far so good, and we could theoretically assume that the political differences between the two parties should not matter that much in this case because the question which all the Senators will face does not pertain to whether Trump is a good Christian or not (Presbyterian), but whether his actions as President were legal or not, pure and simple. They must be judged in light of our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were also good Christians, so we can take the next step and draw from the Bible (including the Torah, as for the Jews) as the essential reference work for everyone involved here. So, I would like to suggest as the first reading assignment to our Senators, before they sit down to hear the two articles of Impeachment, one particularly relevant book in this case, The Proverbs, in the Old Testament. Do not proceed with the Impeachment hearings, I would urge you publicly, before you have not pondered some of the proverbs and taken their essential message to heart.
King Solomon said it best, so I just quote a few passages here, and leave it up to the readers (in particular, the Senators) to draw their own conclusions and to keep reading because there are so many nuggets of wisdom to be found that are most applicable to the current political situation. Here we go: 3.31/32: “Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.” 10.16: “The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.” 10.18: “Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.” 10.23: “A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.” 10.31: “From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.” 25.9/10: “If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man’s confidence, or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.” 25.18: “Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.” 25.19: “Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.” 25.26: “Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.”
This is only a small selection, but each proverb means so much, and if our Senators are worthy of their rank and position, then they better keep some of that wisdom in their mind in their daily operations and in the Impeachment hearings. Our Republic is at stake, now for the third time with a President being impeached, and we must draw from all the wisdom and learning we have available and apply it to our own actions, thoughts, and words. So, Senators of both parties, please do not forget or ignore the very Scriptures upon which you have sworn to uphold your office. Those proverbs are pearls, do no throw them to the swine.