1 Corinthians 13. As this is the time when we choose to invest millions of dollars into objects with which we hope to express love to someone dear to us, I thought that may be a good place to begin. Give it a read and some critical thought. Then come back here and finish.
Can you love a thing like country? Or ideas like a form of government?
I believe one of the many witticisms attributed to Yogi Berra is; when you come to a fork in the road, take it. And we usually do. The problem we often encounter is having the necessary foresight to choose correctly. Whether we headed down the right fork is usually not known to us until we reach the destination. Fortunately for us, we can look around our world and see our likely destination. That is, unless we correct our current course heading.
There is a lot of cheering for democracy these days. Most of the cheerleaders say they want democracy for everyone just like the democracy we have here in the United States of America. That is certainly where we would like to see the countries of the world because free and content nations do not attack one another, but I fear that we have discarded what a true democracy is and that too appears to be what the cheerleaders seek.
True democracy fails. True democracy is mob rule. Our form of government is not true democracy. It is a Constitutional Representative Republic. Abiding by our Constitution protects our freedoms. It protects us from would be dictators. It protects us from ourselves. But, it only protects us if we follow it and make sure our leaders do as well.
Where do you reckon the USA would be today, if we did not try hard to abide by the Constitution given to us by our founders? What if we went down that other fork? Would we be Egypt? Would our separate states resemble the Balkans? Might Washington DC more closely resemble Tehran than it does?
We are in mess today because we have wandered too far down the wrong fork in the road. We have veered down the path toward more government control of our lives and consequently less freedom. We are straying from the way of less government that our founders designed. It is our original direction that propelled us to the forefront of the nations of the world.
We have people who want to lead our country now telling us that we need to forget about social issues and just focus on the fiscal ones and other policy issues. That is a hopelessly ignorant way to look at our country. The founders of our country made it very clear that our Constitutional Republic would only stand if our people remained moral. They are being proved right. Morality these days is in the eyes of the beholder, but our founders and Americans of the time I believe had a little better clarity of thought on the matter.
Forget the obvious social issues that continue to rip at the already threadbare social fabric of our nation and think about what disregarding social issues really means. Does it mean abandoning all of our social values or just those persnickety ones like revulsion of sexual perversion and infanticide? That is what we mean when we talk about “the social issues” is it not? But there is more and if we just forget about all of our “social issues”, what happens to our borders? Our language? Our culture? Our country? Ask the leaders of Germany, France and the United Kingdom about the effects multi-culturalism had on their countries. All of them have been quite frank about it recently. Remember the last time that was viewed as a problem in parts of Europe, most specifically Germany, it did not turn out well for the rest of the world.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
In the above quote, replace the word love with the United States of America and read it again. You may not be able to accept that our country meets or has met all of those defining characteristics, but we have fulfilled many of them and are much farther down the road than are most nations.
We will continue fulfill those defining national characteristics as long as we stay on the right fork of the road. If you cannot accept that then there is a very good chance that you are traveling down the fork of the road that leads to the end of the place that once stood as the shining example of freedom and the last great hope of the world’s un-free. And you are probably headed there on an 80 billion dollar bullet train.
Did I wish you a happy valentines day?