Why are Americans talking about change, and at the same time things remain the same? Or why do things change and still seem to remain the same?
Of course, we know that, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-10).
The greatest change of all comes at death. No matter how good or evil you are or have been the great social equalizer is death. “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Of course, the eternal change is soul salvation and being born again spiritually. For after all, this change determines where an individual’s soul ends up spiritually. For Jesus declared that unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). Moreover, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Additionally, Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” (John 3:7).
To be sure, your spiritual soul will end-up either in heaven or hell. The choice is an individual one to be made while individuals are yet physically alive. “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20: 31).
Anything less than total commitment is playing judgment-games with the adversary: the devil. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17: 3). This is what God demands of all of us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8).
Of course, there is a flipside to these profound Biblical truths. “But he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). Finally, God is, “angry with the wicked everyday” (Psalm 7: 11).
Historical Biblical references: Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Abraham and Lot, and Sodom and Gomorrah saga. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his” (2 Timothy 2: 19).
The reason why things remain the same is because some human beings desire to play god; that is, be in charge without understanding that all of us are children of God. Playing god is a dangerous proposition. Therefore, the desire to be in charge is greater than the desire to do justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
Where Does Republicanism Go From Here?
Some say Republicanism needs to go straight to hell. Others say to the glory of God. Former Senator Robert Dole recently declared that Republicanism needs to go under reconstruction reality. Apparently, the camp that an individual embraces depends on regionalism and Biblical perspective. If Republicanism were Biblically based, rather than dominant-culture-based, embraced the common universal good and exemplified decently and in good order, then it would be blessed by heaven. But, unfortunately, twenty-first century Republicanism is too particularistic and culturally exclusionary. Twenty-first century Republicanism excludes, rather than creatively includes.
The overwhelming majority of Blacks and other ethnic minorities are Biblical conservatives; not secular conservatives, (which pits human being against human being). Unfortunately, twenty-first-century Republicanism is boldly asking Blacks and other ethnic minorities to be against themselves and their own self-interest in order to be Republicans; to make self the enemy. “No-way, Jose”. Most Blacks, as well as other ethnic minorities, know the way to San Jose. Suicide is indeed insanity.
Republicanism must rethink its regionalism perspective about how politics are done, alter its value orientation, and restructure its approach to coalition building. But most of all, Republicans who are fiscal conservatives and grounded in fair play must reserve the right to vehemently disagree with certain so-called conservative radio-talk show hosts, as well as certain Fox News Analysts. This must be done in order that Republicanism might regain the moral high ground and a vision that includes all Americans. Many individuals (and the devil) have used Scripture for evil purposes, (for example, during the Civil War). Scriptures are quoted in this editorial as an expression of obedience to God’s sovereign will, not as an instrument of destruction aimed at the Republican Party. America needs a viable, two-party political system oriented toward the best interest of all, and promotes moral civility between adversaries. Of course, all things are not morally upright in the Democratic Party; there is plenty of room for moral instruction and character improvement.