The Treasure He is Mining…

Treasureby Glenn Fairman   6/11/14
Perhaps I will be misunderstood in this, but Conservative Christians run the risk of passing into idolatry when they hold that their particular ideology or permutation of politics is consistent with the Mind of God. I do not say this lightly, for only God knows how invested and indebted I am to the minimalist constitutional dream that is America. But whenever I see the Cross superimposed on the flag, I shudder.

It is imperative that we walk the razor’s edge between support for our limited government’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles and the belief that God invariably sides with America and the West. He is too great for that and His concern is in individual souls– not in establishing any of our “ant farms” as the earthly City of God. Institutions are temporal regimes and civilizations pass away from memory. They all fall from their masculine virtues into luxury and decay. It is only the human soul that lives forever, and God is preciously mining them as his sole treasure on the battlefield of human history.

Governments, in the eye of eternity, are only expedient in that they are the chessboard whereupon human beings react nobly or falsely. All earthly regimes exist as prop scenery: the intricate backdrop of God’s proving grounds. The lessons we open ourselves to will determine how well we account ourselves on the material stage as we play our earnest and heartfelt scenes to the Great Observer.

Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca.
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5 Responses to The Treasure He is Mining…

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Cousin Abe noted once that both sides in the War of the Rebellion prayed to the same God for victory, convinced of the rightness of their cause and that God must therefore be on their side. He then observed that at least one side obviously was wrong and maybe even both (God couldn’t be on both sides, but could be on neither one). He finally concluded that what counted was being on God’s side.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    If God is real and has moral precepts, society is either going to be ordered according to His precepts or not.

    Is the Divine Will most interested in reducing poverty? If so, those “social justice” mavens who believe the state ought to be the Powerful Hand of God, and smite poverty via arranging society according to a set blueprint, miss the forest for the trees, as Kevin Williamson notes:

    The increasingly global and specialized division of labor and the resulting chains of production — i.e., modern capitalism, the unprecedented worldwide project of voluntary human cooperation that is the unique defining feature of our time — is what cut the global poverty rate in half in 20 years. It was not Buddhist mindfulness or Catholic homilies that did that. In the 200,000-year history of Homo sapiens, neither of those great religious traditions, nor anything else that human beings ever came up with, made a dent in the poverty rate. Capitalism did.

    Does that mean that religion is not the path and “secular” materialism is? Well, that depends upon whom you credit for the existence of freedom, productive capacity, and creativity. Maybe burning candle wax behind stained glass windows and chanting mumbo-jumbo (figuratively and literally, for “Progressive” Christian economics is just that) isn’t as effective as taking to heart something Moses said a long time ago: “Let my people go.”

    Somewhat contrary to the thrust of what Glenn is saying, America is generally considered to be a nation given a nudge by Providence, becoming a beacon for liberty in a world that has known mostly regressive and repressive forms of organization.

    The Founders envisioned God as a God of Freedom. To be seems to be the prime directive, and “to be” done well the necessary moral imperative. This requires a tricky balance of order (with instituted moral imperatives) combined with freedom (with further moral imperatives — self-responsibility) — a balance that Libertarians can never get right because they deny the basic formula (especially the moral imperative aspect), and one that “Progressives” will never get right because they deny the freedom aspect.

    A fully “secular” culture can never be a good one. And a fully theocratic culture can never be a free one. America is meant to be the proper mix, whether Providence-directed or otherwise.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      A recent study found that the “blue” states (I would prefer pink for Democrats and yellow for Republicans as the most appropriate colors) tend to have more income inequality than the “red” states. And, of course, far more charitable giving (both in time and money) comes from conservatives than from liberals, though I think this is primarily religious. (Elizabeth tithes, for example.) The reality is the poor are better served by a conservative regime (as long as we’re talking modern American conservatism as opposed to traditional European conservatism), though “social justice” probably isn’t if it’s defined on the basis of hurting the rich rather than helping the poor.

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