Some observations concerning past events, the recent election, and America’s future.
Disclaimer: I did not vote in 2020, which continues my tradition of not voting for the last 16 years. Further, I support no political party and have exactly no confidence or faith that government can solve anything at all and do it correctly. It only gets worse. Instead, as the old, old hymn goes:
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”
“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”
For those who are willing to see it, America is sinking fast.
“My fellow Americans – I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris. In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”
This is from a statement made by Joe Biden, the presumptive winner of the American presidential election. Notice the last line. Notice the assertion that unity of purpose in anything means success at whatever we attempt. Compare this attitude with that of the story of a civilization long lost in the dust of antiquity and mythology–the Tower of Babel, found in Genesis 11. Verse 6 is the link between then and now.
“And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”
Almost literally word for word. “There’s nothing we can’t do.” “There’s nothing they won’t be able to do.”
Now, some will argue that the Babel story is simply an attempt to explain how languages came to be differentiated, which may be true. That is not my point. Does this “myth” have any meaning at all as a lesson in societal behavior. I find the similarities a little too close for comfort, but then, I’m quite skeptical about the ability of imperfect Man to build anything of permanence–whether physical, cultural, or spiritual.
Joe Biden’s statement sounds like this: “We can build a secure future for ourselves from which we cannot be dislodged. Let’s unite.” The Babel story sounds like this: “We can build a secure future for ourselves from which we cannot be dislodged. We are united.” From the historical narrative, it is plain that the Tower of Babel resulted in discord, division, and destruction of a culture. From the present-day perspective, our own society is mired in discord, division, and destruction. Is there any good reason for believing that we will somehow pull off a miracle and avoid being scattered like so much chaff before a windstorm?
If you have faith in the ability of Man and State to build a “more perfect union”, then, yes, you should be supporting the Biden/Harris ticket. It is certain they are going to make the effort. And everyone will participate, whether they want to or not. Whether this will succeed or not is debatable. I’m betting on the Lord’s ability to destroy Man’s creation faster and more thoroughly than it can be built.
Speaking of unity, in an earlier statement Biden said that, if elected President, he would write an Executive Order mandating a face mask for everyone nationwide. If that were to happen, then he can say that we’re all doing it together. Right! One of the hallmarks of socialism is that everyone is guaranteed equality. Under this protocol, everyone will be equally miserable in their faceless, anonymous, blank, masked world. How he would enforce such an order is another matter entirely.
We really can do anything at all, as long as we are all united. We can and will beat the Corona Monster, if we all cover our faces in a fearful, compliant manner. As long as we act in unison, we’re guaranteed the victory over this deadly pestilence which has wreaked such havoc, damage, and death on humanity to the tune of a 99.98% recovery rate of those who contract it. If we weed out those who resist and refuse to go along, then success is inevitable. We really can build a Garden of Eden–our Utopia.
I’ll wait for history to record what happens.
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