Cartoon from here.
We are our own worst enemy. No one can betray us quite as well as we betray ourselves. That is why each election must both be an occasion for celebration and for wariness. Even the fact the election process worked is cause for celebration. Yet why did we elect the people we elected? When all our candidates are merely fallible souls like ourselves, are the blind leading the blind?
In particular our last election provides both cause for celebration and suspicion. Because we elected a Black man, we broke an old racial barrier. Yet we also elected candidates who espouse radical philosophies. What of those philosophies? How did we decide to vote for Barack Obama? Did too many voters trust the wrong people to keep them informed? How do we decide who we trust?
This website, “How Obama Got Elected,” (H/T to Salt and Light (see here)) offers an answer. Did we listen to those who tell us what we wanted to hear, or did we listen to those who care enough to tell us the truth? (updated since links are out of date)
There is a famous statement in the Bible that explains the problem we face when we try to maintain our freedom.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Out of context, this verse may not necessarily be understood. When we think of freedom, we automatically think of freedom from oppression. When Jesus used these words, he meant freedom from sin, not freedom from mere oppression. Jesus explained.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
Because we are heirs to our fleshly wants, we cannot escape from our sinful nature without God’s help. Jesus offers us that help. Those who accept Jesus’ help He can in time free from sin. When enough of us accept Jesus, only then can we live in a society freed from oppression.
Free societies exist only to the extent men accept God’s offer to free men from sin.
Cartoon from here.