Is it Time for the Church to Do Honest Politics
Reduce needless redundancies would help for a start;
State and federal law are out of control, increasingly complex and destroying religious, political and economic freedom. Complexity allows dishonesty to fester in dark unknown corners until it bites you. Simplicity, openness, and truth are in a simplified Constitution and what Earl B did when he started the TCU web site was to trust that there were many more out there in this nation with the same idealistic, patriotic, heart for truth and the American way as he did.
"What is the most essential ingredient for a civil society?"
The one main ingredient that will be the glue that holds all things together. We together need to search now for something very simple. Are not able to think of an answer right away its; "Trust." People!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When trust is broken, in a range of capacities, it is very hard to restore -- only the grace of God, through Jesus, makes it fully possible. Indeed, the best definition of "sin" is "broken trust," tracing from the Garden of Eden to the present. Where is there any trust in the current political climate? And how can we make a difference? Rooted in "The Six Pillars of Biblical Power," itemized in a Affirmation for believers in my last post, I now will follow through with; "The Six Pillars of Honest Politics."
In truth is how everyone wants to be treated, even if they do not believe in the Creator. These Pillars are the basis to restore trust to the political order, and their substance is summed up in this Affirmation;
1. The power to give affirms that the unalienable rights given by the Creator belong to all people equally, and leaders in human government should serve such a gift.
2. The power to live in the light means those leaders in human government at every level should be as fully transparent as possible.
3. The power of informed choice is rooted in an honest definition of terms in political debate, providing a level playing field for all ideas to be heard equally, apart from which political freedom is not possible.
4. The power to love hard questions is in place when political leaders honor and answer those who pose them the toughest questions.
5. The power to love enemies recognizes that even the harshest of political opponents share a common humanity and are to be treated with respect.
6. The power to forgive recognizes the need to address our individual and societal transgressions against one another, and to work toward justice and reconciliation.
Without truth and trust you have no party and no hope. Steven