GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR WISDOM — PART 1

Protesting What They Should Have Applauded

The funniest things are most revealing. Therefore, even CNN could not avoid publishing this video, Watch Democrats react to Trump’s address. They offered this observation:

It wasn’t hard to tell how Democrats felt about Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Here is an alternative from MRCTV.

Have to admit the CNN video has just as good a collection of inappropriate grimaces and groans.

For those who have that preference here are some of the print versions.

So what is up with Democrats? Why are they protesting what they should be applauding? What is their problem? What they are peddling is their good intentions. What we need from them is wisdom, but they apparently have very little wisdom to offer. Instead, they offer good intentions for the children, the poor, the old, the disabled, the persecuted, the refugees, and so forth. If you feel like a victim, they promise to applaud and institutionalize your victim status.

What exactly is the Liberal Democrat approach? We observed that in this post, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE “RIGHT” TO WHATEVER I NEED AND THE “RIGHT” TO WHATEVER I WANT?. That post explained that Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans have distinctly different notions about the definition of human rights. What we did not do in that post is explain why our rights are God-given, that is, not given to us by our government. However, that discussion came up in the comment trail. Here in this post is a summary of what I think. If you are interested in an opposing view, please check out the debate I had with tsalmon in the comments here.

The Moral Decision

When we vote to tax our fellow citizens and have our government spend their money, we must make a moral decision.  Why?

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.  — source uncertain (from here)

When we use the government to get something done — whatever it may be — we implicitly threaten our neighbors with punishment if they refuse to pay for what we want. That is, because we don’t leave them a choice, we use government force to extort money from taxpayers. Consequently, the Declaration of Independence speaks only of protecting certain God-given, unalienable Rights, and it says that among these are the Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Is God The Source Of Our Rights?

Are our Rights given to us by God? Why would the people who founded this nation have believe that? Why would they have left these words for us?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (from here)

Consider the sins of man against man that the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) prohibit. If the rights of our neighbors are not self-evident, then what is good, and what is evil? Is murder and stealing wrong only because the government says murder and stealing is wrong? Can we gossip about and slander another human being to our heart’s content so long as the majority approves? If sin is not an offense against our neighbor’s God-given rights, what is sin?

Unless God exists, and He has given us commands we must each respect, what is good, and what is evil? Unless God has given each of us an innate dignity — made us in His image — so we must respect each other, how do we define what is right and what is wrong? What is the significance when we do something for our neighbor that pleases our conscience? What is the significance when we do something against our neighbor that offends our conscience?

Because each of us is made in God’s image, each of us is God’s servant. We don’t belong to ourselves; we belong to our Creator. We exist to glorify Him. We glorify Him by loving what we see of Him in each other.

How do we glorify our Maker? Will we even choose to glorify Him? Are these not decisions He has given each of us?

What if we say we have no such rights? What if we say the government gives us our rights. Then how can we condemn as wrong those who worship the state, people like the Nazis and the Communists. Why would those ancients who followed vile kings like the ones who sacrificed their children to Moloch offend us? If we have no innate rights — if government gives us our rights — then can anything be right or wrong unless the government says it is or is not? If believe our government decides what is right and what is wrong, do we believe in God or government?

Yet we know we must condemn the acts of the Nazis, the acts of the Communists, and the acts of vile kings. Even if we could not find the words to do so our hearts would still weep in pity for their victims. What is self evident needs no words.

The Humility To Accept The Truth

Humility requires us to accept the fact we can be tempted to sin. Humility requires us to accept the fact that if the temptation is great enough we will sin. The Apostle Paul described this reality in Romans 7:7-25. Here are the key verses.

Romans 7:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

We are sinners. Consider why we live in a fallen world. We are sinners. Our fallen nature is our historical reality. When we look into the past, we see hopeful signs, but we also see peoples at war, decadent peoples, peoples who sacrifice other people on altars, peoples who enslave other people, people who torture other people,…. peoples who devise endless ways to sin. If we look at the present, do we see anything that much different. If we look into the future, don’t we all wonder how we will avoid destroying ourselves?

So it is that even if we personally reject the idea, want to believe “I am a good person,” we can look around the world and see the sinfulness of mankind. And if I am a member of mankind, then I can only believe that I am good because I am too filled with pride to accept the truth that I too am just a member of the human race and just as flawed as any other.

To Be Continued: Part 2 will be about The Wisdom To Respect The Rights Of Our Brothers and Sisters.

 

12 thoughts on “GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR WISDOM — PART 1

  1. The democrats are making fools out of themselves and the public isn’t buying much of what they have to offer. I wish they’d just get over it and accept the fact that government should move for the people rather than the people doing everything for them. In my opinion their salaries should be cut until they can come up answers to problems our president has been asking them to work on since he took office.

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    1. @atimetoshare.me

      What we are seeing from most of the Democrats and some Republicans is that what make them smile is what makes their big donors happy. Therefore, these people think a great budget deal is one that busts the budget.

      When we let politicians buy our vote, we are voting for people whose vote can be bought. All we can do about such politicians is defeat them.

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  2. Tom,

    Your post begs the question of where does conscious come from?

    If interested, check out this view

    https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/where-does-conscience-come-from

    Note it states:he

    “So the naturally advantageous results of following our conscience may be the result of God’s genius and careful planning.”

    While I may agree with this, those who will not agree will argue that conscience is a stimulus of the result of what is taught to a child.

    King Solomon’s Wisdom Proverb 22:6 Train a child the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from “it.”

    Is the “it,” what stimulates conscience of what he or she is being taught?

    In my opinion, the separation of church and state interpretation by the Supreme Court was neither wise or right.

    What is being taught in our public schools is “Government gives Rights,” However, it does not seem to be working out too well because the same Supreme Court interpreted a child does not have to stand for the pledge of allegiance.

    So what does a child’s conscious stand for, is anyone’s guess, in my opinion?

    Does that appear to bring about a void, fallacy, or folly in the notion of Government Rights?

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Interesting article.

      Some years back I wrote this post => https://citizentom.com/2010/02/28/an-occasion-for-a-humbling-comparison/. The excerpt from “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” by Adam Smith is about how we form a mature conscience.

      C. S. Lewis in one of his books, “Mere Christianity”, argues for a Moral Law. If you have not read his book, please consider it. It is a good read.

      I think we all inherently know some behavior is right and some is wrong, but I also think there is such a thing as a well formed conscience. When someone has such a conscience, they are wise.

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  3. The Democrats have become a complete caricature of themselves. Did you happen to catch the news today that Nancy Pelosi gave an 8 hour rant on the floor today against the budget bill? Good Lord, imagine having to listen to her for 8 HOURS!

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  4. Seeing again your video of the looks being given to Trump reminded me of a song title..

    If interested, imagine the look Pelosi was giving Trump at his address wihile singing the song to him.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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