Yes, I said it and that is exactly what I see. I try to look at things realistically from a biblical view. I attempt to take what God has said in His Word and apply His Words to my life and my world. That frequently places me in the crosshairs of those on the Left, the P.C. Police, and those who mistakenly position themselves as pacificists in the name of tolerance.
I am often told that if we would just show the Love of God, we will eventually win those on the other side to become morally right in their lives and views. To that I say, as have others, to take that position you have to dismiss well over half of the New Testament. We are to be salt and light. If we are to be light, we have to bring truth to the table and present it articulately. I believe the directive that was given in 1 Peter 3:15 – “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” ESV.
Sadly, those on both sides of the issue are taking positions of vilification rather than reconciliation. We don’t listen carefully and fully. We listen until we hear something we do not like, and we lash out. That is destructive, not productive. I am not suggesting that we abandon our convictions and beliefs, but that we counter with a godlike demeanor and soften our words, not our message.
Why do I say that America is in deep excrement? One of the many reasons is the utter failure of both the Supreme Court and Congress. Their actions on so many fronts indicate that they are either ignorant of the constitution or have chosen to ignore it. We could rehash the many failures of both, but the latest involves the COVID mandates. I don’t care which side of the vaccination issue you fall on this should be of interest to you.
The case, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) v. Department of Labor (OSHA) which mandates that employers with at least 100 persons must submit to the vaccination or be regularly tested. That mandate applied to 84 million workers. This was to provide a pathway for the administration to regulate business without congressional legislation. That is a usurpation of both the 10th amendment and our personal liberty and freedom guaranteed by the constitution.
It seems that the frequent waffler Chief Justice Roberts believed that the government had overreached stating that COVID mitigation policies would best be left to the states and Congress. Justice Neil Gorsuch endorsed that view. In the discussion, Justice Stephen Breyer made the Bidenesque claim that was “750 million new cases yesterday, or close to it, that is a lot.” He seemed to forget that there are only 334 million Americans and he insisted that vaccines and masks would prevent 100% of coronavirus infections. WOW! With that wisdom, I believe you can see why I suggest the deep excrement.
But Breyer’s idiotic assertion was surpassed by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She compared human beings to machines. She said, “Why is a human being not like a machine if it’s spewing a virus, blood-borne viruses?” She falsely claimed that there were 100,000 children in serious condition from COVID-19. The inconvenient truth as reported by the Health and Human Services confirmed that pediatric hospitalizations were 3,342. Justice Sotomayor, where do you get your facts? I know, you got the talking points of the Leftists and regurgitated them. That is not what you are to do as a Supreme Court Justice. You are to be apolitical in your view. You are to judge according to the constitution, not personal ideology.
To take this a step further the sitting president, Joe Biden, and his Democratic cohorts have mastered the art of psychological projection. They seem to be incapable of recognizing the truth and displaying honesty, so they accuse the Republicans, Conservatives, and Christians who hold to biblical moral standards of practicing their own sins. Whatever you hear them accusing the other side of is usually what they are guilty of.
Mr. Biden accused Trump and his supports of being those who seek to ‘dismantle our democracy.’ Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-California offered his lament, “I’m worried that if Republicans win the midterm elections, that voting in this country as we know it will be gone.” Congressman, that is exactly what your side is trying to do, end voting and become an oligarchy or dictatorship. Again, they spout lies, hysteria, paranoia, and play on the fears of those who are ill-informed or uninformed.
Another factor in our placement in the excrement is a new poll that shows only 11% of adults (I say that loosely) believe that Joe Biden is a strong leader. Someone said, “That same 11% believe that Tiger Woods is a scary place for a picnic.” On the other side of that coin, 57% consider him to be a weak leader.
The president’s comments on the events of January 6, 2021, included the declaration that we are in a battle for the soul of America. He is right but not for the reasons he cited. He is pitting one side against another rather than seeking to find common ground, open discussion, or any semblance of tolerance. He is, by his rhetoric inciting a civil war in America. If you disagree with him or them, they claim that you are an insurrectionist, anarchist, racist, homophobic pig and need to be reeducated or eradicated.
I do not make New Year’s Resolutions but take the opportunity at the beginning of each year to reflect on the year passed and seek to chart a better course. I look for opportunities rather than focusing on failures or difficulties. In the past year, we were inundated with fearmongering and there was a genuine attempt to strip us of our American Spirit. Patriotism was in the crosshairs as were the home, family, morals, and anything conservative.
If we do not return to a condition in which we apply biblical principles and learn to respect the rights of others to have a dissenting view we will end in chaos and destruction. I agree with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich that America is broken and both sides need to stop ranting and start listening. The Old Testament’s eye for an eye needs to be replaced with the New Testament’s love they neighbor and the realization that vengeance does not belong to man but God.
We need to rediscover the art of listening. We do not have to agree on all things but at least listen, we just might learn something constructive and develop an understanding of why people think as they do. In that discovery, we can find responses that are not caustic but informative.
We need to allow ourselves to learn new things, and, in that discovery, we need each other. None of us have a full picture of reality. None of us have a full understanding of the truth. If I learn to add what you know and share with what I know, I am much more informed and hopefully wiser.
We need to commit ourselves to helping our fellow man and our country. We need to become involved in our communities, churches, and our government. Each year we see the ravages of natural disasters, addiction, homelessness, and crime. If we would reach out our hands and our hearts to those in need, we would find compassion becoming stronger and, in that state, we could make America better.
Again, I ask not one to abandon their convictions or beliefs, but I do ask that we restrain ourselves from tit for tat and insult for insult. Soft answers can turn away wrath. If I show another understanding and actually listen, I find that their anger, over time, subsides and I am able to communicate. They may not accept my presentation of truth but at least they hear me.
God bless you and God bless America!