Victory Demands Work

Gary North posted a fine article on the hard work needed to make a government bureaucracy come to heel: in this case, the FDA getting broken by the gay lobby.

From the article:

The FDA wants to have rules that protect the FDA from criticism. The FDA wants to stop all possible criticism. There is no criticism from the dead people who did not get treatment from a drug that was never marketed. This is the fallacy described in 1850 by French pamphleteer and economist Frederic Bastiat. It is the fallacy of the thing not seen. In this case, it is the fallacy of the people not heard. Dead men tell no tales. Dead men do not write to their congressmen.

The gay community understood the threat to their members’ lives posed by the FDA. So, beginning in 1988, they staged one of the great public relations campaign in the history of American politics. They browbeat the FDA, and the FDA capitulated. You can read about it here. That successful public relations campaign saved a lot of lives. But the public forgets that it took political mobilization and political theater to break the resistance of the FDA, which sped up the bureaucratic process of authorizing new drugs to treat AIDS.

As opposed to the motivated, carefully planned, and fundamentally successful work of the gay community to protect their own lives from the bureaucracy, we see Christians who work to protect their lives, their liberty, and their culture by… tossing money at Republican politicians.

(See here for the folly of that decision, and North’s comments on the article here. To actually replace the Laughing Masters by 2100, you may consider this… but I prefer this, instead.)

In the meantime, the pastors remain as much focused on powerless piety and wishful escapism (i.e. “imminent Second Coming”) as ever, with no concern to even do the basic groundwork of expanding the Kingdom of God in this world — never mind the disciplined organization, careful thought, and real sacrifices all meaningful victories demand.

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord‘s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. — Malachi 1:6-8, ESV

American Christians will sacrifice nothing for the Kingdom of God: and then, they wonder why they are spat upon by their enemies.


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