2016 POST ELECTION STRATEGY AND TACTICS – PART 2

Christ before Pilate, Mihály Munkácsy, 1881 (from here)
Christ before Pilate, Mihály Munkácsy, 1881 (from here)

In 2016 POST ELECTION STRATEGY AND TACTICS – PART 1, we examined just what making a personal commitment to our country’s welfare requires of us.  We have to have strategy and tactics to implement that strategy. I provided my own goal. Is it that the same goal you have? Maybe not, but I hope that a great many people will share a similar goal.

Next we will consider the factors that must come together to make the fulfillment of my goal a reality. First, however, let’s define the basic problem.

The Basic Problem

We have a goal. Now we need a strategy, but what is the obstacle? What is the problem we wish to overcome? The problem is knowing the truth. We do not all perceive the same truths. Do Democrats agree with Republicans? Do Liberals even live on the same planet as Conservatives?

We all like to think we have great respect for the truth. Yet the Apostle Paul argued otherwise in Romans 3:9-20. He calls us all sinners. You don’t think yourself a sinner? Put yourself in the position of Pontius Pilate. When confronted with the Truth, he walked away. Who can be certain he would have done differently?

John 18:33-38 New King James Version (NKJV)

33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”

35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.

Pilate knew — he admitted — Jesus had done nothing wrong. He had Him executed anyway. Apparently, Pilate thought Jesus’ execution necessary to preserve his position and public peace.

In a lesson he uses to teach about the Truth (here), Ravi Zacharias quotes author George MacDonald.

To give truth to him who loves it not is only to give him more plentiful reasons for misinterpretation.

Ever listen to politicians? Pundits? To citizens with a cause?

How many us love the truth? How many of us insist that the truth be what we want it to be? How many can accept the fact we are sinners? How many of us are happy to know what we are our own worst problem? Happy to know I just have to fix me? How many insist instead: “I am a good person.”

We are sinners. That is the truth. Is that not the problem, our innately twisted nature, that creates the need for government in the first place? Yet government is not a clean and simple solution. Consider.

But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. — James Madison from The Federalist No. 51

Government is tool. When used appropriately, government serves the cause of justice. When used for selfish gain, government adds to our misery. Therefore, if we want a stable society that allows us to peacefully spread the Gospel, we must adopt a strategy that serves the cause of justice. We must accept the fact the end does not justify the means (see PHILOSOPHICAL CONFUSION OVER ENDS AND MEANS). We cannot create a just society with unjust means.

Now we know the problem. We are the problem. Next we will consider the components of the strategy.

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7 thoughts on “2016 POST ELECTION STRATEGY AND TACTICS – PART 2

  1. Well said, Tom.

    When debating political “truth” at least among Christians, I try to remember that ultimately what we are discussing is how best to love others. Conservatives often want less government, liberals want more, but the bottom line is often a desire to help people.

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    1. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

      At least, we all think our own intentions are good. Others may have a different opinion.

      Government exists primarily to restrain people. We get caught up and distracted by government programs like Social Security, Metro, NASA, the public school system, snow removal, and so forth, but government exists to exert lethal force, when needed.

      Private organizations could run the public school system. Government involvement in public transit is mainly needed to resolve right of way issues. Many of the other things the government does are either not needed or just provide a poor substitute for honest charity.

      What is needed from each of us to make government work? Self restraint. We must focus on what is essential. Our government cannot peaceably restrain all of us. Civil war results from a failure of self-restraint. Hence, the difficulty we have in restraining ourselves makes us the primary problem.

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      1. Oh, self restraint, I like that. It’s true, self restraint is really the key to creating a cohesive civilization. As someone cynical once said, “civilization is just mutually agreed upon delusion.” True, but it is a delusion we make manifest in the world by shared values and mutually agreed upon self restraint.

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