I have really been thinking about which way to go in my column this week. Last week’s column really seemed foreordained and appropriate in light of what happened in our nation this past week. If you didn’t read it, please go back and read or reread it.
As I was out and about this afternoon, I remembered the words from the Preamble to our Constitution: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty ....”
After reflecting on those words by our Founders, I wondered why so many of our leaders of both parties, and media and people have lost sight of that goal because they have. I wondered if the words of Lincoln, “with malice toward none but charity for all “or” a house divided against itself cannot stand “are even known.
I wondered if Franklin Roosevelt’s words “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” are remembered. Or if the great jurists’ Oliver Wendell Holmes words, “one flag, one heart, one land, one hand, one nation forevermore” ever adorn a textbook anymore. I wondered why so many seem without knowing it, twisted John Kennedy’s words, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
I wondered and was amazed to see our Capitol stormed and people die in the process. I have continually been amazed that we have a president that has been entertaining for some but who has taken a lack of civility to new heights and whose narcissism has not only damaged our republic but the party of my father and the conservative movement.
But before you get steamed up, I have been appalled at the sanctimonious behavior and incendiary media and social platforms that have enabled and distorted truth in their efforts to rewrite our history and trash the core values of our nation. I have further been appalled at some Congressional leaders who show so little integrity and look to their political future rather than our country’s.
I have been appalled at some of the most vocal critics of the horrible violence and behavior of this last week but who stood idly by and praised or excused burning, looting, taking over government buildings and etc., etc., for weeks on end this summer i.e. Nancy Pelosi, who said people need to do what they need to do to be heard or CNN‘s Cris Cuomo who said violence is okay to make a point.
The riots, not the peaceful protests, but the riots of the summer were wrong and so were the actions Wednesday. But then hypocrisy seems more prevalent than statesmanship.
In the years before WWI, the Ottoman Empire was known as the “sick man of Europe.” Today, our nation is sick and needs healing.
Healing needs a willing participant. The Lord wants to heal our land but we need, both parties and our people, to want it. It will take prayer and national repentance. It will take civility and in some cases, compromise.
It will take an adherence to core principles that all life is sacred. It will take a realization that, as Theodore Roosevelt said, “our country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless it is a good place for all of us to live in.”
Perhaps never, since the Civil War, have we needed God’s intervention as much as now to heal our nation. Yet we have many who do not even believe in Him or look to Him. No matter what is going on now in our country, God is sovereign.
We have, in many circles, done our best to remove Him from the public sector and culture. Others, have compromised their strong faith and put their hopes in men rather than the Lord Himself. Our situation now reveals the folly of both approaches.
But God loves us. He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins and bring us redemption. I have every reason to believe that when our nation returns to its roots and lives up to the motto on our coinage,” in God we trust,” that our nation can be healed and be worthy of being that” shining city on a hill.”
To do otherwise and to hate, destroy and follow agendas counter to God”s Word will only bring us to destruction.
The choice is ours.
Our hope lies not in any man or in Washington but in the God of Heaven.
We need from our leaders and people less speeches and less demonstrations from the right or left but rather a demonstration and devotion to one another and to God.
Our greatness and future depend on it.
Our safety from foreign foes necessitates it.
And our legacy in the pantheon if nations demands it.