We live in sad times. Politics all too often divides families and friends. Why? We profoundly disagree over the purpose of government. Consider this dialog. tsalmon and Liz had been furiously debating their preferences between Trump and Biden. Then, Liz references this comment, https://citizentom.com/2020/10/29/to-overcome-election-fraud-we-must-vote-in-huge-numbers/comment-page-1/#comment-97331.
Afterwards, while walking our puppy on the beach, a bald eagle flew right over us and out into the Gulf to hunt fish – seems like a good omen. Agreed! 😉
What kind of puppy?
We’re thinking of getting a beagle. We have two rescues and I usually prefer rescues, but I like the beagle personality.
We are cocker spaniel fans. We sadly and suddenly lost our red English Cocker Spaniel, Oliver, to cancer about three weeks ago, but had already gotten the puppy, Abby, before we knew he was sick. Ollie’s Mom was Abby’s grandmom so she is a red too. They both came from show quality pedigree, but we just got her, as was Ollie, as a cherished member of our family and because we love the breeder. Right now at a little over two months old she looks like a little rufous colored muppet puppy.
Aw, I love cocker spaniels!
My mom in law has one. They are the cutest puppies.
I’m sorry you lost your other pup to cancer. 😦
Ours are mutts and quite old (over 12 now).
Not sure what they’d think of a rambunctious puppy, but it might be good for them. Might be good for the whole family.
“I’m sorry you lost your other pup to cancer. 😦”
Thanks, you know how it is. We miss him. He was a great dog. It came suddenly but we had a very tough last week with him. He had had his spleen removed along with a 2 1/2 pound cancer that had spread, but we didn’t know that yet. I was sleeping downstairs with him cause he couldn’t do the climb and needed to go out a lot. He had a cone on and he didn’t like it. At one point in the middle of the night he looked me like, “Don’t you know who I am: Mom will hear of this”. I took the cone off.
We spoiled him, but he spoiled us back.
I’ll send Tom a pic and maybe he’ll post it.
Good omen? Well, I am not superstitious, but I like eagles and cocker spaniels. So, I am not surprised tsalmon and liz like eagles and cocker spaniels too. Why can’t they find common ground with respect to politics?
What is politics? Well, here is an old quote.
to come to agreement by mutual concession
(from here (merriam-webster.com))
Why is politics an art? We don’t like compromising. We don’t like conceding anything, and the more prideful we are the more difficult it is for us to compromise. Our inability to compromise limits what is possible or attainable.
When does compromise become difficult or impossible? When do we go to war? That happens when we demand concessions from our fellow citizens we have no right to demand? What sort of political “compromises” do we most often demand from our fellow citizens?
- The redistribution of their income to other people.
- The acceptance of beliefs they abhor.
- The indoctrination of their children.
- Being drafted to serve into the military or “charitable” programs.
- The use of their funds to propagate beliefs they abhor.
- The use of their funds to pay for abortion and euthanasia.
- The use of their funds to conduct warfare.
- The use of their funds to arrest, imprison, and execute people.
- And so forth.
Are some of these demands ethical? Are some unethical? Base upon what principles? What ideological beliefs?
Consider a passage from scripture.
Matthew 22:15-22 New American Standard Bible 1995
Tribute to Caesar
15 Then the Pharisees went and [a]plotted together how they might trap Him [b]in what He said. 16 And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and [c]defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. 17 Tell us then, what do You think? Is it [d]lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their [e]malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a [f]denarius. 20 And He *said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They *said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He *said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.
Our currency has the image of men printed upon it, but God printed His image upon us. Thus, we owe our first loyalty to God. When the commands of men conflict with those of God, we must resist the commands of men and obey God. Is that easy? No.
Consider Romans 13:1-7. Keep in mind that the man who wrote Romans 13:1-7 had his head separated from his body at the command of a Roman emperor. Because, we need a government to maintain order, God has commanded us to respect the authority of our rulers. That is, to ensure each other’s welfare, God has commanded us to respect human authorities. Yet, as Matthew 22:15-22 makes clear, our obedience God is more important than our obedience to human authorities.
What does that mean when we vote? As voters we have an obligation to vote for those candidates who humbly respect the supremacy of our Lord, candidates who will not make demands upon our fellow citizens that conflict with the commands of our Lord.
How did you vote yesterday? Did you vote for a candidate who understands the art of compromise or a candidate so full of pride he makes uncompromising demands. Which candidate is full of himself? Trump? Biden? Or both? Is the problem our candidates or us?