What’s In Your High School Yearbook?

by Brian Roby

At the Supreme Court nominee hearings last Thursday, I was incensed when Senator Blumenthal and others began reading from Judge Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook.

Now I admit, I’m extremely biased. I’m a white Christian American male baby-boomer. I’m cheering for the conservative originalist Supreme Court nominee. No surprise there. But that being said, is it fair or even reasonable to go back to a high school yearbook to define the character of a man who has over three decades of flawless public service and untainted community reputation? Who could stand such scrutiny?

Certainly not Senator Blumenthal, or any of the Democrat senators; nor Senator Graham or any of his Republican colleagues. Not Dr. Ford, not President Trump, not the media news anchors who cover the White House; not me, and not you.

I would caution Senator Blumenthal as I caution myself. There will come a day when he will stand-when I will stand-before a Judge.

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it… And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened… And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. Revelation chapter 20, verses 11 and 12.

That judge will recite to me, from hard copy documentation, every word I’ve spoken in anger, in seduction, in a drunken haze; every act I’ve done under cover of darkness and anonymity. Every person I’ve misused, every lie I’ve told will be paraded before me in living color, for all to see. Books-untold numbers of books-will be opened and I will be judged by One who is not swayed by tears, not intimidated by fist-pounding or tantrums, not gainsaid by spin. He is not confused by he said/she said. He knows who said what when to whom and why-exhaustively and precisely. And His judgement is final and infallible and irrevocable.

My only hope at that final trial is to have an Advocate-a defense attorney who will stand beside me and speak on my behalf. But He will not plead extenuating circumstances. He will not plead youthful exuberance. He will not plead temporary insanity or a bad home life, or societal power structures arrayed against me. He will state that my name is written in a book-the Book of Life.

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Then another book was opened, which is the book of life… (ibid, verse 12)

The stakes are high- in fact, they are all or nothing. If my name is in the Book of Life, I will have permanent residence in the new Heaven and Earth, unstained by pollution, crime, prejudice, cruelty, or injustice.

[Nothing] unclean will ever enter [the new Jerusalem in the new Heaven and Earth]…, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation chapter 21, verse 27)

If my name is not in the Book of Life,… I will be judged by what is written in the other books-and punished accordingly.

And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation chapter 20, verse 15)

“I want my name in that book!”, you may say. “How does that happen?” That’s worth exploring in another post. For now, let’s be gracious when examining others’ books.