This is a follow up to my most recent post. I could not help but notice this quote from a recent AP “Analysis” article concerning a certain presidential candidate’s apparent changes in stance (or at least rhetoric):
When politicians compete against others in their party, they must appeal to the most partisan, who tend to make up the majority of enthusiastic voters at that stage. But general elections require a broader appeal, particularly to the vast center of the nation’s electorate.
So it’s not uncommon as spring fades and November approaches to see candidates de-emphasize or even cast off some of their most extreme positions in favor of policy more palatable to the middle. They mostly do it quietly, or try to anyway.
Do we want a system in which being so two-faced is rewarded? I’m not saying that the politician of focus in the article is necessarily an especially egregious case.
For instance, I recall how another presidential candidate of the opposite party very recently campaigned with a message that included the need for a Constitutional amendment that protected marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and how quickly that issue seemed to fall into the waste basket as soon as the candidate won his second term and the votes that were being pandered to were no longer needed. (Could California’s current homosexual “marriage” mess have been prevented if those words had been based on convictions and principles instead of convenience and politics? Who knows…)
As was discussed at the Pastoral Conference I referred to in the previous post, Isaiah 3:1-3 comes to mind concerning our lack of real leadership today:
For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah
The stock and the store,
The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;
The mighty man and the man of war,
The judge and the prophet,
And the diviner and the elder;
The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the skillful artisan,
And the expert enchanter.
It isn’t that God somehow kills all those people, it’s just that there are none to be found. God has allowed such circumstances to arise so as to deplete the people of truly skilled leaders. Given the mention of “diviner” and “expert enchanter” (NKJV translation, here; and I recognize there is a bit of debate on those translations), it seems to me that even those men who would be skillful leaders in spite of the evil influences on them or in spite of their ungodly tendencies are simply absent — a complete lack of essential and fundamental leadership abilities among the people.
The result? Read the rest of Isaiah 3 for yourself. It isn’t pretty.