In our day we are sadly caught in a trap generations the making. That’s one reason on Saturday we nominated the Republican Party’s Establishment candidate.
Ed Gillespie, a former advisor to Mitt Romney and chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been selected by the GOP to be their candidate for the Senate race in Virginia.
Mr. Gillespie will face off against Senator Mark Warner, an incumbent Democrat and former governor who is serving his first term in Congress.
“He’s got the resources and I think he’s got some name recognition,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond.
Mr. Gillespie is an “establishment choice” with a “broad base” of support, the kind of candidate the GOP seems to have been favoring in the most recent primaries, Mr. Tobias said. (continued here)
So why is Ed Gillespie a bad choice for the Republican Party? As an attendee of the convention, I could tell I was in the right place. I always find plenty of people who share my political views at a Republican convention. Yet these folks knowingly chose The Establishment’s candidate. Why?
The Sin of Partiality
What do I mean by The Establishment? That is something I wrote about in this series: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CHALLENGE THE ESTABLISHMENT — PART 1. So I won’t try to define the expression, “The Establishment,” again.
Why did the folks at a Republican convention vote for the Establishment’s candidate? There are a number of reasons. In this post, we will consider the moral issue. In the following verse the Apostle James speaks to the sin of partially.
James 2:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Sin of Partiality
2 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.
I suppose I some will read the passage above and call me an arrogant Bible thumper, but the passage above is not just about me, you, or even Gillespie. That passage condemns humanity’s ignorance and stupidity.
Think about what James is saying. He does not call being rich evil. He just observes men too often become rich and powerful by doing evil things. Nonetheless, because of their “success,” James observes that even the victims of the rich honor the rich. Therefore, James condemns our tendency to judge others by surface appearances.
Have Americans always “honored” the rich? Imagine Abraham Lincoln. We consider Honest Abe one of our greatest presidents. Could Lincoln be elected today (see The Net Worth Of The American Presidents: Washington To Obama). Was Lincoln an effective fund raiser? Would any honest man be an effective fundraiser? To be effective, what promises does an “effective” fundraiser have to make? What do we think of the deals our politicians have been making lately? Congress is popular, right?
Posts To Come
- Are The Rich Robbing America?
- Do Establishment Republicans Keep Their Promises?