I know many good Democrats and liberals. I know many Christian Democrats and liberals. But those facts notwithstanding it is a fair statement to say that as a rule the Left and Dems are about things other than living out faith. They are not always actively opposed to it, though they sometimes are, but they seem to stand for other things first. Evidence?
Well, let’s talk about that for a minute. There are certainly all the policy questions, from forcing companies of faith to insure for abortions to limiting speech on campuses, there are all sorts of policy questions. But that is not what concerns me right now. Right now we are seeing the Dems and the Left melt down in a sea of unethical, and in some cases illegal conduct that is just horrifying. From the socially ugly body shaming of Sarah Sanders (since apologized for, but as the lawyers say “The bell has rung,”) to ethically very shady deals between candidates and the party (imagine that, the Clintons skirting the edge of ethics,) to the seemingly criminal actions of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey what we are seeing is a package. Policy reflects personal lives and personal lives respond to policy. For example, sexual liberality is not just a freedom issue, it is also a temptation issue, and there is always someone that is going to take it past even the liberal limits. “Moving the bar,” if you will, does not simply create more space, it also as the unintended consequence of making behavior outside the designated safe zone more egregious. (Yeah, I know, mixed metaphors.)
This does not mean the Republicans and the Right do not have their share of misconduct as well. We certainly do. But because we stand for policy that reflects faith and we stand for maintaining the limits, those in our ranks that engage in misconduct are not so corrosive – they are simply rejected and dismissed and when appropriate punished. Indeed we are all sinners.
From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two — the “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man.
But did you know there is more to the quote?
Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people.”
And so we find that how we define a group as decent or indecent has to be based on something other than individual conduct. As a group our decency or indecency is based instead on how we deal with the indecent in our midst and what we stand for. Tuesday past we quoted Stephen Hayward, “…power is the most important thing to liberals.” There’s the difference – what’s important to us.
I find myself craving decency right now, the news is simply so salacious. But I also know that if I crave decency, I have to create decency. So this Sunday morning I say with Joshua:
If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.