Establishing healthy political views is like establishing a healthy diet; It’s not easy. It’s more expensive to eat healthy, a healthy diet requires a lot of reading and filtering; filtering out bad info from good, filtering out bad ingredients from good. It means more preparation and planning and a change in taste.
It was a lot easier to eat healthy a few hundred years ago, because there wasn’t much else to choose from. Fake foods were yet to be invented.
The same principle is true for politics in a democratic society. We have become addicted to a sugar-diet of policy politics built on policy promises. Despite the fact that politicians who win races on their policies seldom fulfill election promises we keep reaching for that idealism high we get from knowing we didn’t vote for the “other guy” with the "other policies". Whether or not our candidate has good character has become a vague after thought.
And so we are easily manipulated by spin and "dirt" dug up on the opposition is believed completely with very little objective thinking.
It's hardly a surprise that we have become so polarized politically, our high-fructose policy politics is the auto-immune disease of society.
Whitney Houston's song The Greatest Love of All is one of those songs that pervades the zeitgeist, almost subconsciously.
I'd like to bring it to a conscious level in this post and think about the opening lines; do we really believe these words?
Usually, when evaluating a book, it’s enough to weigh up pros and cons and decide whether or not to read it. But in this case, I’d like to go a little further because of two things: Firstly, the topic the book seeks to address is so central to the truth of Scripture, and secondly, the book does such tremendous damage to that central truth.
If you are anything like me you get really annoyed at the lack of news in your news feed. What you have instead of a news feed is partizan political pontification at best, and downright dirty lies at worst. Sadly that is the state of affairs in the media today.
You've all heard it said "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
As parents we teach our children this virtue normally around the aspect of sharing and being kind to others.
As we put this into practice we soon realize that this is a win-win situation because most often as you treat others correctly, with courtesy and even go out of your way to be nice, you feel good inside and often people treat you in the same way. I believe this is a typical aspect of the Kingdom of God - you are doing the good deed or being kind to another, yet you are the one who feels blessed in the end.