Shall Not Be Infringed

The phrase in itself seems clear and declarative but stunningly confounding to those who claim an elite intellect. Our leaders are buckling, and somehow we knew they would. It would seem that the time to infringe upon our rights and capitulate in their defense is when madmen are railing against them. The test of true courage is to defend your core values when all have abandoned you.

I oppose the changing of the age a person can purchase a gun to 21. Apart from the fact that it is infringement, and the 2nd Amendment didn’t allow for partial infringement, this observation from my experience fixes my stance. I have seen a growing section of our society that desperately needs self-defense.

Underneath another hat that I have worn, I coordinated call centers in our recent effort to thwart Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to institute gun control here in Maine. One of the facilities we used was a local gun shop. I learned from the instructors there that a large portion of those applying for concealed carry and gun courses where young single mothers, along with single young women.

For these young women between the ages of 18-21, a gun is an equalizer. In a world increasingly filled with predators, it is wrong to take this constant protector away from these ladies. Again, in our haste to placate the tantrums of the aggrieved, the vulnerable will be left unprotected.

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Monday Irony

Just stunning that four teenagers, consumed with grief at the loss of their friends and with no previous activism experience, can, in a few days, establish a nationwide network to march on Washington to demand that the President, whom they view as the second coming of Hitler, take control  of the citizens’ guns and trample the people’s rights.  They must have mastered the art of multi-tasking in high school. I’m sure no one is exploiting their grief.

Of What Is Hallowed, Honored, or Human

 

The complete demise of civil debate in our society today is by far the greatest travesty that the modern sectarian has inflicted upon this Republic. Communication is dead and respect of the individual is crushed beneath it’s corpse. A differing opinion than that of the tolerant tyrant is treated as a cancerous plaque rather than a healthy antidote to a narrow, blinding, self-ingratiating worldview.

Coupled with this stupor is the inability to compartmentalize issues, opinions, and beliefs. This is best represented in the constant criticism of Christians for their support of the President, as if they are embracing Donald Trump as their Prophet, Priest, and Pastor rather than their President. This simply highlights a fundamental difference of perspective for government.

True conservatives do not view government as their god. There is no expectation of the Hallowed that is attached to the government of man. While scripture encourages Christians to honor their leaders, mankind must be keenly aware that infallibility is not vested in the governing institutions of our Republic. This was a strong belief of Founding Fathers and one of the main reasons for establishing this Republic.

Demanding that a politician adhere to the same high standards of morality as that of clergy or even Deity skews purity of character over qualification in much the same way as making the same demands of a carpenter. For both job descriptions, the politician and the carpenter, the Christian is more comfortable with the individual who has coupled exceptional morality with exceptional job qualification, but if, in the completion of the commission of the task at hand, the individual of less than sterling character is more qualified to complete the task than the person of impeccable morality, the most qualified must do the job.

That is not to say that a Christian should condone bad behavior nor is it saying that a Christian is condoning bad behavior by honoring a person’s qualification. As it pertains to this President, the Christian should not demand a flawed man be the shining embodiment of a hallowed saint, yet, by the same token, Christians should not dismiss his moral failings or try by some tortured strangulation of Scripture to extract virtue from blatant sin. The Biblical approach to this President is to honor him by virtue of the fact that the people chose him to be most qualified to deal with the situation our Nation finds itself in right now.

But how could Christians chose him? While I did not chose him, I am a Christian and I can explain the reasoning which is found through out scripture, if one would chose to read it. Its really not so difficult to understand.

First, Donald Trump is not God, a Minister, Priest, or Rabbi. He is our highest ranking public servant. The Christian views spiritual leaders of more importance than political leaders.

Second, the Bible is filled with stories of very flawed individuals who were raised up leadership. Moses a murderer, David an adulterer and a murderer, Jacob a conniving thief, Paul the Apostle a murderer, Peter a coward, and the list could go on. Christians know that leaders are not God but they can be used by him.

Christians believe in redemption above all things. It is the foundation of our faith. Christians are also admonished not to judge a man’s heart but his actions.

So when the President said he was sorry for past behavior, the Bible compels us to forgive as we have been forgiven. While cynics mock faith as blind allegiance, people of faith view the human leader as just that, a human. Through the prism of their faith, they decipher between his qualification and his morality. They have deemed him, however flawed, qualified to be their leader for this time, and, so far, the President has proven their calculations correct.