SHOCKED?

 

 

“We scoff at virtue and are shocked to find traitors in our midst”


With those words, C.S. Lewis, perfectly describes America in the present time.

If all political parties regarded truth, honesty and integrity as values to be highly esteemed, we would have a very different political landscape. America would once again begin to really believe in her political leaders.

As we have found recently in Republican and Democratic politicians alike, far too many of them seem to prefer to have a highly regarded reputation in the eyes of men than character in their own eyes and, unfortunately, in the eyes of their families whom they hurt when their rottenness comes to the fore. Reputation is what people think you are; character is who you know you really are.

We need a standard of equality in accountability for all political leaders regardless of political affiliation, rank or reputation. When all men are equally held accountable for their moral lapses, deceit and self-serving lives, leaders would once again find that the people could begin again to trust them and maybe even begin to view them in the caliber of our nation’s founding Fathers: “statesmen” and not “ninnies” worthy only of distrust, scoff and derision.

But all of this wishing will be in vain if the source problem continues: “WE, the people.” Today, we have the kind of government and politicians that we deserve. Yes, we might squirm and balk at that truth, but it is the truth. We have the kind of politicians that we have today, because we have been self-serving. We have sought our own benefit. We have reveal openly for all to see, our despicable character as a people who relinquish personal responsibility to care for our own and have sleazily handed it to the government (“Get as much cheese as you can, get all the food stamps you can, get all the grants and loans from the federal government you can and don’t have to pay back, get in line to get your government bailout, ad infinitum, ad nauseum). More and more we show our depravity as a lustful people who feed at the federal trough without regard for the future of our children and grandchildren. Shame on us. We have turned into prime specimens worthy, not of liberty, but of slavery. Such is the destiny of a people who cannot, or will not, control themselves.

We have become impotent because we have seen the deceitful, self-serving attitudes of our politicians in our own lives and have done nothing. We have done nothing to correct ourselves and return to what is right and honest. We have refused to face the truth in ourselves and preferred to cast blame on everyone and everything but our own pathetic apathy. We are a nation of people ready for judgment – romantic hopefuls, well-wishers, and positive thinkers notwithstanding. The Good Book says that “the God of peace” will be with those who think, not on things that are positive, but on things that are “true”. It takes an encounter with the truth and an acceptance of truth to reverse the course. Our politicians and people need a good dose of truth. And that Truth is only found in Him who said, “I am the way, and the truth….”

This is the time to stand up and be counted. But better still, it’s the time to live the Truth.

May God be justified in continuing to bless America.

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