For the last 24 hours the media has been filled with stories of the not-entirely-civil war inside the Republican party. It is obviously real and the stakes are pretty doggone high. And that is quite irksome, because it means Obama wins.
The equation is pretty simple really. Obama refuses to engage. There is no debate, no discussion, no participation in the very process that the country is built on. He just will not engage. He’ll pay lip service to it, he’ll put on a show of it, but actually do it? Not in the cards. So the question becomes, “How do we respond?” It is the answer to that question that defines the fault line in the Republican party.
On the one side of the line we have the people that are infuriated by Obama’s tactics. They don’t have a way to get something done, or even to get his engagement, but they are so infuriated that they want to see some explosions – big ones. Frankly I cannot blame them. I have had the deep misfortune of a close personal relationship with someone that takes the same approach as Obama. It is almost unbearably frustrating. On the other side of the line are the people that look at Obama, sigh, and say “hold on, this too shall pass.” Bear in mind neither side has a way to get stuff done, it is just a question of temperament when faced with the immovable force.
What I know is this – if we let our differences in temperament tear us apart, it grants the Democrats a permanent majority. Honestly folks, that’s the bottom line. If we let this destroy the Republican party – Obama wins. Are we really going to let that happen? Some seem to think it has already happened, and it is too late. I am not among them.
It may very well be too late for this specific election cycle; that I do not know. But for the sake of generations currently unknown we cannot let this tempestuous election cycle destroy the only counterbalance to the Democrat party. We have to take a long view here.
This is the thing, scripture counsels us to patience.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
Eph 4:1-4 – Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Col 3:12-14 – So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Heb 6:11-12 – And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
1 Peter 2:20 – For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
It is hard enough to figure out what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone through the rest of 2016, and certainly not in the next election cycle. But we have to keep that future in mind. This nation needs a Republican party because the Democrat party is so far off the rails (they are giving serious consideration to a self-avowed socialist for crying out loud!) that we simply cannot let them go unchecked.
The Republican party seems to need some serious retooling. Fair enough. But we have got to let that happen in its own time; we have got to be patient with that process. Blowing it up, because I’m so angry something just has to blow up, is in reality suicide. Suicide means Obama wins – and that really ticks me off.