Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The Danger of Following an Ideological Line
It is hard not to say something about this latest activity by our President, and I speak of the comments President Trump made in Finland about Russia. I recently heard a lecture by Professor Peter C. Mancall of the University of Southern California (Audible –The Teaching Company) in a lecture on the American Revolution. In it he spoke about political ideology. He described it as a road map, a bunch of street signs, which guide our thinking. It explains and seems to reflect a reality we desire. I picture it as one of those single line maps someone draws on a table napkin which seems to correspond to reality but it certainly is not an above the earth view like GPS. Nor is it like a biblical world view which gives you godly principles.
I am afraid way too many people are following line maps drawn on a napkin, and they get angry with anyone saying there might be other factors to consider before one continues in this direction. These political line maps seem to compromise virtues such as honesty and honor. I love my country, and I think every country is important to God. I believe God is sovereign and he rules the destinies of each nation. He can use the Chaldeans, the Babylonians, and the Persians to accomplish his will for Israel. He can use evil men to bring about his will, like Pharaoh in Egypt for Israel, and then destroy Egypt. He can use good and great men in such a way that they bring their own nation into disaster, even though they were good.
At the same time God’s revealed will is actually what we have to deal with; that’s the stuff that we can obey or disobey. God’s revealed will of truth, justice, mercy, and righteousness is our business, not what he plans to do in a hidden way, except that we must learn to have faith when that hidden plan means our nation comes to an end, or disaster overtakes us. I want our nation to do right, and be right. I sincerely don’t want it to be destroyed, corrupted, or brought into shame.
Conservative political ideology has some correspondence to truth. Liberal political ideology has some correspondence to truth. Following their ideology is still only a line drawing. Yet, adherents seem willing to sacrifice other things to keep following that ideological line. I am afraid this President may be one of the worst things to ever happen to the Republican Party and the Conservative movement. In a desperate desire to finally have some conservative judges and conservative influence on law and legislation the Conservatives are selling their soul, and maybe the prestige and honor of the nation with it.
The victory may be short lived, unless they are willing to use the muscle they presently have to be honorable. Being a sycophant to this President means you only take your turn waiting to be thrown under the bus, it guarantees you nothing. One never knows how a narcissist will interpret how sincerely you are kissing his posterior. Will they hold their President, our President, accountable? Or are they so afraid of losing what little they have that they condemn their (our) future? I am wondering if our citizens even realize what may be at stake.
Political ideology is a map to nowhere if it is not a map to justice and goodness. If it is only a map that prevents the opposite party from influence or participation then it is a map to delusion and confusion. In their fear of undermining a powerful leader whose agenda they sometimes like they may choke when it comes to recognizing and denouncing a Quisling. We don’t just need men and women of courage in Washington, we need men and women of integrity with enough courage to tell the truth about their own party, and enough of them to finally get good things done.
Please Lord, help our nation, and confuse all tyrants!