HINDSIGHT ISN’T 20/20 — PART 2

Columbus Breaking the Egg by William Hogarth (from here)

This is the second part of my take on the results of the Virginia’s General Election (November 7, 2017). See HINDSIGHT ISN’T 20/20 — PART 1 for the first part.

Various people have posted their analysis of the election results, and I listed some in part1. I think each of these theories speaks only to part of the truth, at best. The Bull Elephant has a good collection of such posts.

The Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince William County blames the Trump effect in Dems in Near Sweep of Northern Virginia in Off-Year Elections in PWC.

I could go on with this, but it is sort of silly. Virginia is now a state that votes Democrat. Why? What GOP Must Learn from the 12 Reasons Virginia Went Democrat in 2017 (breitbart.com) provides a decent political analysis. When Ed Gillespie ran like one of the Bush’s, it makes no sense to blame Trump, particularly when the statewide Republicans who embraced Trump polled significantly better than Gillespie. If you want a decent secular political analysis of the election results, this Breitbart piece is a goodie.

I have a different agenda, however. I will not be satisfied if I just understand the political situation. I want to know what is wrong. Why did people vote so stupidly — so self-destructively?

What makes the United States unique? What made it possible for Virginia to make the contributions it did to the formation of our once strong constitutional republic? The answer is Christianity, and we have allowed our leaders, especially those in the Democratic Party, to slowly turn the United States into a nation of pagans.

Why is this conversion of our nation from a fundamentally Christian to pagan state important to our constitutional republic (Paganpagan (n.), and What is a pagan? What is paganism? provide links the modern definition, origin, and usage of the term “pagan”.)? We will get to that, but let’s first consider the differences between Christians and pagans.

Christians and pagans have distinctly different beliefs about what is important. Whereas pagans seek the means to get what they want, Christians seek to glorify their Creator, the God who is love.

  • Christians follow the teachings of the Bible, and Christians understand we are fallen creatures in need of salvation. Fortunately, our Creator loves us, and He sent us a Savior, His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. Jesus taught us that if we love Him, we will obey two commands: we will love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; and we will love our neighbor as we love our self. Therefore, Christians consider the state as a tool for protecting each other FROM EACH OTHER.
  • Pagans seek the most powerful idols, and they will sacrifice everything they have to get what they want from their idols. What are the idols of today? There are not metal, stone, or wooden. Instead they are the things we want: sex (great pleasure), stuff (fancy homes, cars, and other things that cost money), state (temporal power over others), and self (anything that elevates us over other people). Therefore, pagans consider the state as a means for getting what they want using the power of government.

Two words describe the philosophy of Christianity: I love. Two words also describe the philosophy of paganism: I want.

Since we all inherently know the difference between right and wrong, the lifestyle of a sincere Christian shames and angers pagans. Since sincere Christians have repented of their sins because they understand just how destructive sin can be, the lifestyle of pagans horrifies Christians. Therefore, the two groups tend to separate themselves from each other.

A couple of centuries ago, I probably could have written the above and few would have thought much about it. I doubt folks back then would have regarded what I said as radical, bigoted, insane, stupid, or just plain dumb. They probably would have just nodded in assent, wondering why I needed to say something so obvious. What is different after two hundred years? We no longer make much effort to instruct our children in the Bible. Few understand its teachings or its significance to our history.

The Egg of Columbus describes a story that explains the importance of having the proper insight into a problem. A brilliant idea or discovery may seem simple or easy after the fact, but at that point someone brilliant has shared his insight with us. Before proceeding, take a moment to read The Egg of Columbus. Then consider the insight into the nature of government that a Christian would have that a pagan would not have.

When we consider the world solely with a secular view, what has now become the pagan view, we don’t consider what people believe important. Instead, we focus upon what people want. Hence, political solutions require giving people what they want. Thus, instead of having a government like the one our nation had two hundred years ago, a government that protected their rights, we now have a government that gives us our rights.

What does a government that gives him his rights mean to a pagan?

  • The promise of what he wants for pleasure.
  • The fulfillment of all his material wants.
  • A great and powerful state that imposes his will upon enemies.
  • The affirmation that he is as good as or even better than anybody else.

What does a government that gives him his rights mean to a Christian? Consider Romans 13:1-10.

Romans 13:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Submit to Government

13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Love Your Neighbor

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Christians believe that government exists to prevent evil, that which would harm our neighbors. When the state gives us our rights and instead of just protecting our rights, the state becomes an idol, that is, something pagans put before God. Such a government puts Christians in a predicament. Even though Christians must make every effort to be subject to the governing authorities, they still have an obligation to obey God first. That includes loving our neighbors, not harming them. Hence, Christians want a government that protects religious freedom because Christians abhor offending the consciences of their neighbors. Christians don’t want to make someone do something they think is wrong. Therefore, when the state becomes an idol, just a means to the fulfillment of our wants — no matter how vile those wants might be — pagans and Christians find themselves in direct conflict.

What will part 3 be about? What do the election results mean for Christians in Virginia?

 

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  1. profound words Tom—and apocalyptically full of truth….sadly so…
    now a pagan nation verses one that was steeped in of all silly little things— freedom…With the foundation of that little notion being the belief that a Creator believed in such for His creation…and that those early founders thought it wise to honor such a Creator—while now the pagan nation forgets and pulls out that foundation corner stone—as what has been built now slowly collapses onto itself….

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    1. @Julie (aka Cookie)

      Profound? Well, I thank you for saying so. I think I am just one person among many willing to say Jesus is better. Where I expect I am a little different is that I am also willing to say we cannot separate our religious beliefs from our political beliefs. Our religious beliefs provide the foundation of our political beliefs.

      This morning I read this article in The Washington Times, “Victims of communism remembered on centennial of Bolshevik Revolution” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/8/communism-victims-remembered-on-bolshevik-revoluti/). Here is a quote everyone needs to read.

      Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which hosted the centennial commemoration at the Library of Congress, said communism is at root the belief that human nature can be altered “through the coercive power of the state.”

      “Therefore, they made mistakes about human nature of the type that our American founders did not,” Mr. Smith said. “Communists ignored basic truths about the concentration of power. They ignored the foundational importance of individual liberty in the economic and cultural fields.”

      Communists and Nazis worship the state. No one knows for certain how many lives pagans of this sort have sacrificed to the various forms of this idol, but most suspect communists have the lead in this “race”. In the last century, the various experts almost uniformly estimate communist governments killed over 95 million people. That killing has not stopped, and new forms of this idol are always rising up. Yet millennials would supposedly rather live under socialism or communism than capitalism. See “Millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist nation than under capitalism: Poll” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/4/majority-millennials-want-live-socialist-fascist-o/). What is pathetic is that only a third of millennials could correctly define socialism. Civics, as well as Christianity, is not well taught in this country.

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      1. yes Tom, your words are profound—there was a time when they would not be seen as such—but today, given our times, they are very profound—because they speak of a time that was… and is now surreally lost.

        I’m back to reading the book A Pope and A President by Paul Kengor—a book about the parallel lives of Ronald Reagan and Karol Wojtyla who eventually form a very important relationship as each man comes into his own—the section I read last night focused on the blame game following the assassination of President Kennedy—how the mighty Communist propaganda machine worked it’s magic to roll out their take on Oswald as they worked to distance themselves from it all—as they majestically pitted American left against right—and it worked—perfectly.
        I was struck by the similarities of it all with today—how the hungry left looks to the right as radicals and visa versa—but the hungry left are radical while the right is not the crazy rebel flag carrying ignorant imbeciles they like to paint us all to be—-
        but it is what you now describe as a pagan lot verses a more Judaeo / Christian based lot.

        I’ve written a great deal before about the killing machine of both the Nazi and Communist regimes—with the numbers certainly showing that the communists have handedly lead the way…as gulags still house those voices silenced long ago—yet we are raising a generation who has no idea as to what a gulag is, where one might be located or who Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn might be and why his words still matter greatly today—
        because such is not taught in our classrooms today—
        Oh I’ll save my protesting words for perhaps a post—
        but I just want to say thank you Tom—and despite Virginia’s election having gone to the dogs as it were—I think it is a clear sign that you are to continue the fight as they say—to speak and right the “good word”
        Press on Tom….there are those who are listening..

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        1. When I was in high school, I read the Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn. He was one of those who was imprisoned in a gulag and lived to write about experience. Solzhenitsyn book horrified me, but the first fifty or so pages floored me. It was like watch a grown man cry, understanding he had every right to do so, but being embarrassed as I watched. So much grief!

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        2. yes Tom—I too read it as well as Cancer Ward—-I’ve written many a post about our friend Mr. Solzhenitsyn and happen to be tipping my hat to him tomorrow in my Veteran’s day posting…
          I consider him to be much a prophet when it comes to life in our Western Civilization…
          his observations, warnings and admonishments—it’s take one who survives evil and can live to tell about it to be able to speak truth—it’s just that not many of our leaders nor citizens care much for truth….

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  2. Great post that is spot on discernment of Va. Election results.

    What you described is another repeat performance throughout history of human folly that keeps repeating in a cycle for generation after generation.

    We humans either gain sight of the wisdom of God, then lose sight, experience our folly consequences, then rediscover and seek out his guidance. again, and again, over, and over, similar to the workings of a pendulum.

    If interested, here is another liberal take in the Chicago Tribune of the results. Chicago is a great example of a lost sighting of God. Our nation vision is slowly digressing in a similar time frame..

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-perspec-page-trump-virginia-ed-gillespie-ralph-northam-1110-20171108-story.html

    In my opinion, when their hope is realized, it will just speed up the next time frame of the pendulum back to God by a future generation.

    ‘When will we wise up, if ever, only God knows?

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. The Chicago piece is rather one-sided. The Liberal Democrats throw mud madly. One thing that the results in Virginia showed is that even when becomes obvious that they are lying it does not seem to make any difference. That is scary.

      The Chicago Tribune article or glosses over the point of Gillespie’s ad about MS-13 and sanctuary cities. Virginia has plenty of illegal aliens and new immigrants from overseas. I live in an older neighborhood, built before 1990. My neighborhood is surrounded by newer neighborhoods, built after 2000. The newer neighborhoods are full of folks from southern Asia, and some I guess are green card holders.

      The new immigrants vote, but many are not being assimilated. If the trend is not reversed, Virginia will rapidly go the way of California, which only a fool would call a recommendation for good government.

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      1. There are a lot of people who don’t understand cause and effect, having been largely sheltered from the real world consequences of bad decisions.
        They have a much harder time grasping the differences between wishes/feelings and reality.
        Folks living closer to the pointy edge of survival are less inclined to make those mistakes.

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        1. There is a lot to that. The elites tend to have more Liberal Democrat ideas because they can buy their way out of many of their dumb choices. Whereas people living paycheck to paycheck make a bad “mistake” they find themselves dying or in prison. So they don’t get to be repeat offenders.

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  3. Donald Trump is the titular head of the Republican Party. That giant ocular timber alone discredits all your silly name calling aimed at anyone who does not vote the way you want them to vote. 😏

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    1. @tsalmon

      1. Well, you are right. Donald Trump is the head of the Republican Party. However, this post doesn’t argue that the Republican Party is perfect. In any election we get to choose between imperfect candidates. At this point it ought to be obvious that Donald Trump was a better choice than Hillary Clinton, but you still don’t seem to think so, and that is part of what this post is about.
      2. Name calling? Coming from from a Liberal Democrat, that complaint is sort of humorous. Check out this video.

      The Northam campaign coordinated with the Latino Victory Fund and then lied about it.

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    2. Anyway, make certain you read HINDSIGHT ISN’T 20/20 — PART 3. I won’t be recommending the government educate the children of pagans or send pagan government and corporate bureaucrats to training so that they learn to walk on eggshells when they talk to Christians. The Golden Rule doesn’t work that way.

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  4. They will know we are Christians by our snidely derision?

    Anyway. With my retirement, I will have more time to contemplate the strange concept. Love to you and yours.

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    1. @tsalmon

      Snidely derision? From me? Well, I have tried my best to provide reasoned arguments. Admittedly, I don’t expect charges of hypocrisy to be gratefully accepted, but the facts are what they are. Yet other than snidely derision, what other argument have you offered?

      Anyway, I hope you make good use of your retirement, and I hope the best for you and yours. God bless!

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