Today, my pastor publicly cursed an evil segment of the population.
This should be done a lot more often, as God expects His people to publicly pronounce curses on His unrepentant enemies from the pulpit – as well as blessings on His friends. God’s home is to be a fount of holiness, and this (in part) means a separation, a division, of good from evil.
If God’s people actively and faithfully prayed imprecatory prayers and damnation on His enemies, they would most certainly suffer, and even perish from the earth. Not from the hand of man, but from the hand of God – so God alone gets the glory, and fear and reverence is attached to His name and His will and His Law-Word and His chosen King over the world, Jesus Christ.
It’s a lot wiser than voting Republican, I can tell you that! Whether Republicans are the lesser or the greater evil is difficult to discern, but in any case, Christians are to choose what is right, and not anything that is evil, not even ‘the lesser evil’.
Christ rules, today. Let’s petition the King – and obey him, too!
When I call both parties evil, this is not to be taken as a call for Christians to abandon politics – in local politics, the motivated Christian voice can still shape the debate, and as our societies and state/national governments grow bankrupt (and technology continues to decentralize) it is the local political sphere that will grow in importance.
Statewide and national politics is, on the other hand, utterly worthless. As we all know from the Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page study, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.”, elite goals matter, and popular goals simply don’t. Quoting from MSNBC:
Americans may like to think they live in a Democracy, but a new study suggests the opinions of a moneyed elite class are far more influential than those of the masses.
The study, by professors at Northwestern and Princeton, found that policies supported by economic elites and business interest groups were far more likely to become law than those they opposed.
It also found that the preferences of the middle class made essentially no difference to a bill’s fate.
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page wrote in the study, titled “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.”
The article continues to call this Oligarchic rule, which is fair enough.
Or you can get it from the Donald’s mouth:
Here’s the entire exchange direct from the transcript:
FOX News Brett Baier (talking to Trump): Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then and why aren’t you for it now?
TRUMP: As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age, which is the age you’re talking about here.
What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands and thousands of employees. And if I’m negotiating in New York or in New Jersey or in California, I have like one bidder. Nobody can bid.
You know why?
Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians, of course, with the exception of the politicians on this stage. (uneasy laughter) But they have total control of the politicians. They’re making a fortune.
Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have…yourself great plans…
BAIER: Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single-payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies….You’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, and Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”
TRUMP: You’d better believe it.
BAIER: — they do?
TRUMP: If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money.
TRUMP: I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What did you get from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi?
TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why?
She didn’t have a choice because I gave. I gave to a foundation that, frankly, that foundation is supposed to do good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going all over the world. It was.
BAIER: Hold on…..We’re going to — we’re going to move on.” (Transcript: Read the Full Text of the Primetime Republican Debate, Time)
There it is, two glorious minutes of pure, unalloyed truth on national television. How often does that happen?
How often does a fatcat billionaire-insider appear on TV and announce that the whole system is a big-fat scam run by crooks and patsies?
Never, that’s when. But that’s what Trump did last night. And that’s why the clatter of ruthless miscreants who run the system behind the smokescreen of fake politicians are sharpening their knives right now before Manhattan’s rogue elephant does even more damage to their precious system.
Counterpunch here gets it exactly right.
Christians would be wise to abandon the 40-year old, impotent Republican come-on (and Democratic fund-raising scarecrow) called the Christian Right, and focus only on the politics of their local town and county.
And while they’re at it, more personal holiness, more public and private obedience would be a pure bonus. As Gary North touched on when discussing the destruction of social capital and public trust,
[Social capital] must steadily be replaced, moment by moment, century by century. As with all valuable assets, some individuals do most of the spending, and other individuals do the most of the accumulating. A good society is marked by an increase in social capital. The problem here is obvious: it is easier to squander than to accumulate. It is easier to knock down than to build up. Children learn this with blocks at an early age. Then they forget.
In my view, meaningful reform must begin in four areas: individual, church, family, and state. State comes last. For a generation, I have had this slogan: “Politics fourth.” In this sense, I am an Edmund Burke conservative and an Adam Smith libertarian. They were friends, and they agreed on most things.
I believe in the pursuit of contentment — not happiness. Happiness is a chimera, a will-of-the-wisp. Chase it, and it will elude you, and probably entrap you. I see contentment in these areas:
I separate business (putting food on the table) from calling (the most important thing you can do in which you would be most difficult to replace).
Let me emphasize this part of the extract again:
…meaningful reform must begin in four areas: individual, church, family, and state. State comes last. For a generation, I have had this slogan: “Politics fourth.”
And there you have it. When Christians put politics first, they create an idol, and earn their own set of curses. Put politics in it’s proper place, and God will raise the Church up to Her proper place, as the judge of good and evil – with God as the enforcer (and the State as just one of His tools).
And the start of proper judgement is publicly calling good good, and evil evil.
Public curses, as well as public blessing.