I’m not as much a church-goer as I should be but I do study the Bible and read it at every opportunity. Sometimes I just read whatever page it falls open to – because no matter what frame of mind I am in, it never fails that there is something on those pages that inspire or inform me. When I was reading about what God had to say about earthly courts, I came across this passage in Matthew 18:15-17
(I prefer the words of the King James Version):
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
I think this tells us two things:
First, we have allowed the weight of time and our legal tradition to become such a burden on society that we cannot imagine a world without laws – but that time was not prehistoric, it was within the grasp of recent memories – my dad ran a business without legal contracts and worked on a handshake for many, many years. I don’t think my grandfather ever signed a contract other than a deed in his entire life. These were men who understood the value of a man’s word and the people they dealt with did also.
Secondly, it tells us that to break the bonds of government and laws, we must build trust in across this country one handshake at a time, building brotherhood with each contact – and if rejected, those who do not share our brotherhood are not worthy of our time or effort – in other words, stop preaching to the converted and the heathens who are not going to hear the message of liberty…or God for that matter (because the two are one and the same).
How many of us have been sucked into the idea that just talking about something out loud or writing a letter to the editor is enough? Believe it or not, I found this good advice in this month’s Men’s Health magazine:
AIM LOW, THEN HIGH
Begin with local officials to see if you can get results—and keep a history, says Sherri Greenberg, director of the Center for Politics and Governance. If that fails, then aim higher. Find your rep at usa.gov.
You’re more likely to receive a positive response if you’re polite, Greenberg says. Threatening to withhold your vote won’t help.
SCORE FACE TIME
Book a meeting with your state rep when he or she is in the home district, says Bob Dole, the former senator from Kansas. Sell your case with research, letters, and petitions. Make copies for the rep’s staff.
A 2012 survey led by Greenberg found that 72 percent of Congress members actively use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with Twitter being the most interactive.
How many of us know what our neighbors think? For that matter, how many even know our own neighbors at all? Why is it that we consider talking about politics taboo when it is one of the most important subjects and one that affects us all?
Until we engage at this level, classic liberals/libertarians and conservatives are going to be what the media portrays us to be.
If you don’t think this is powerful, look what they have done to former Food Network star Paula Deen in the past week.
For admitting in a deposition that she is likely to have used the word “nigger” at some point in the past, they have destroyed the woman’s career – for using a word that black comedians use every other line and equivalent to the gay slurs issued by Alec Baldwin and the Uncle Tom slur used against Justice Clarence Thomas by Minnesota Democrat legislator, Ryan Patrick Winkler, who now claims that he didn’t know that being called “Uncle Tom” was a racial slur even though he has a B.A. in history from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Destroyed her. In a week. Even after her unpublished cookbook reached number one on Amazon, her publisher, Ballantine Books, dropped her.
Each one teach one as they say.
The weight of time is a heavy burden to move but if we don’t put our shoulders to the wheel, who will?