"For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I
WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE. Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" 1 Corinthians 1:18-20
As a conservative, with an engineering education my latest pet peeve is the media pronouncing with all manner of certainty that "science" has told us the answer to something. My problem to this is two-fold;
1. "Science" is not a monolithic entity that can tell us anything. The best we can hope for is that several reputable, and intelligent, and ethical people have used the scientific method to investigate a phenomenon and have come up with a theory that seems to explain all of the known facts. Any claim more grandiose than that is dishonest, naive, or they are trying to sell you something. In the case of politics, I think it is all three.
2. Is this not scripture born out in full? Is it not that members of the media with little or no technical training or background, enthusiastically announcing the answers to all of our problems, because some 'scientist' said so...isn't that exactly what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Corinthians all those centuries ago? Has God not indeed made "the foolish the wisdom of the world?"
It seems to me that we could apply this to politics as well. Being a conservative, I look at dust-bin of history and find every single collectivist form of government ever tried (read; communism, socialism, fascism, progressivism) . I look at the annals of the most successful forms of government and economies and find that there is the United States of America in first place on both counts...and nothing else comes close. Yet, in the 'wisdom of the world', the US is the enemy of peace and stability. The US is arrogant for trying to spread the most successful economic and social experiment the world has ever known so that we can share in the prosperity. The US is somehow backward or unsophisticated because we haven't followed the Europeans into cultural suicide nearly as fast.
I repeat a notion from another post; On one side of the political spectrum of all of human history sits the United States of America; EVERY thing else is on the other side.
One of the most amazing foolishness to be granted the mantle of wisdom in this world is the U.N. Take a look at who sits on the Human Rights Commission. Honestly. Take anything they do and apply some good old American farm boy logic to it and you have to laugh. In a small business or on a farm or a ranch, where decisions have immediate consequences, no one can get away with such foolishness. But when governments and corporations and any man-made organization gets too big, the most improbable positions and decisions are posited as wise and prudent and just.
It is exactly these echo chambers that end up making really bad decisions that can have dire consequences for unsuspecting people at large.
That is the brilliance of the American system of government as designed and laid out in the US Constitution. The concept is that the more general and large the government, the less ultimate power it possessed. There are checks and balances everywhere to, hopefully, ward off attempts to hijack the government for narrow purposes.
A friend recently wondered aloud whether as Christians, there is nothing we can do other than pray and spread the Gospel, and that we shouldn't worry so much about this world. He may be right, but to paraphrase Hugh Hewitt, we may not be of this world, but we are in it. And as long as I'm in it, I think I'm supposed to engage it and fight the good fight, against evil where I find it, whenever I find it, and wherever I find it. I for one, when I go down to the river to go to the other side, I want the battle scars to prove that I fought for truth and justice, and peace, and all those things for which we ought. Not because I feel that I can change it. Not because I think I need to in order to get into Heaven. But because I have been given the gift of life from God and the Salvation of Jesus Christ.
I want to leave it all in the ring.