Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Geopolitical and Spiritual Reality

As the political chattering class waxes eloquent on the situation with Ukraine, and the Obama Administration's handling of it, I want to use the occasion to make an observation I've made before. But it's worth repeating again, because at least half the country needs to hear it.

I've heard on several occasions where Republican or conservative pundits make the statement that Obama's foreign policy is very redundant of Jimmy Carter. They (rightly) criticize Carter and many liberals as naive, and every time there is an international crisis, leaders along that that persuasion end up having their heads handed to them by authoritarian foreign leaders. Authoritarian leaders know weakness and naivete when they see it and smell it.

Obama is a more difficult case to pin. Yes, he is a political liberal. Yes, his foreign and domestic policy are having deleterious effects on the country. But while Jimmy Carter had genuine, well-intentioned peacenik views driving him, I suspect Obama is driven by something else. Obama is not naive. He is not stupid. He knows PRECISELY what he is doing. He believes America's faults are enormous, and in relationship to other nations, we are arrogant and need to be taken down a peg. He may mouth the usual tut-tuts suggested by the State Department, but he really isn't all that concerned with what other nations do. His mind is on America, and he wants to fundamentally transform who and what we are is a nation. I think most of us don't want to be like Cuba, but tell him that.

Domestically, his rather Marxist notions of "equality" drive him, and the way that usually works out, some end up more equal than others. As Margaret Thatcher observed, sooner or later the left runs out of other people's money. It may take a while to get there, but eventually the economy goes in a slide. But Obama doesn't care about that. He's a man on a mission and he'll do what it takes to impose his view of what the country should be whether the country likes it or not.

Ultimately, no matter what it is that drives Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi (and even some Republicans), they have one huge fundamental flaw that keeps them making the same wrong decisions over and over. They do not believe in the Fall of Man. They believe that man is basically good, and given the right environment and treated the right way, they will make the right, desired choices.

Wrong. God's Word says otherwise. The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick. Who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9). Or . . . Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). This is the big, huge blind spot most liberals have. They discount mankind's evil heart—an evil heart that can ONLY be changed by the power of the Gospel. Most dangerously of all, many of them in politics discount their own capability for evil—something very frightening when one gets political power and is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their objectives, no matter who gets hurt in the process. The end justifies the means.

I'll make one final comment anticipating comments I might get. I am quite aware that there are liberals out there who are not in lockstep with all liberal political philosophy. I am quite aware that there are genuine Christians out there who are more liberal in their economic philosophies, while not endorsing all of the liberal positions on social issues (although that is changing for the worse in some church circles too). I am making a GENERAL observation here, and it's not a hasty generalization. I've studied geopolitics and political philosophy a long time, and have watched professing Christians wrestle with these issues for years.

You MUST start by recognizing the Fall of Man and mankind's sin nature—and what can happen when that sin nature is not dealt with by the Cross and being put to death daily by the power of the Spirit. Unless that very real reality is acknowledged, the same naive errors will keep taking place on the domestic and geopolitical stage. How it all gets fleshed out leaves room for plenty of prayerful discussion. But this one point you've got to get right.

And thus far, we keep getting it wrong.

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