Dr. Thomas Sowell has another masterful column about politics and the economy today. He makes more salient points that Americans need to consider. His premise is that we cannot use reality to understand politicians, because they most often act contrary to all normal conventions.
It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not.
Not only among politicians, but also among much of the media, and even among some of the public, the quest is not for truth about reality but for talking points that fit a vision or advance an agenda. Some seem to see it as a personal contest about who is best at fencing with words.
He discusses some examples such as taxes on the rich. There is solid, verifiable proof of what happens when you cut taxes or raise taxes on the rich. Yet, Sowell writes, they do not care at all about these statistics, only their talking points. If it doesn’t fit the script, it must go. They must always choose emotion/popularity over reason and facts.
I realized that this is a good way to understand the current state of Christianity in America. Those who falsely call themselves Christians have their own talking points and they will push them with all of their abilities. If they conflict with what Scripture says, they will choose emotion/popularity every time.
For example, there is not one example or iota of proof in the New Testament that infant baptism is Scriptural. Yet, millions persist in this doctrine out of tradition. They get angry if you point out their fallacy and treat you like you are a heathen. They can’t allow facts to get in the way.
On so many doctrines, the will of God –like the will of the people to politicians–carry no weight when compared to popularity and filling their coffers –or getting re-elected.
We just have to continue to study and proclaim the Word (2 Timothy 4:2) and stand for truth in every way. We cannot succumb to the fleshly ideal that man’s will trumps God’s because we can’t bear to face the former.
Let us ALWAYS exist in the reality that God’s will is the only one that matters. Outside of His reality, there is only fantasy and death. Only in Christ will we find life and truth (John 10:10).