I have been musing recently about the way political conservatives and political liberals (those on the “right” and the “left”) view the past and future of America. In the middle of one of these moments of reflection I stumbled on a blog post by Doug Wilson. Wilson’s reflections on Glen Beck and the Bible provided motivation for me to jot down a few thoughts.
1. The problem with humanity is sin. The only way for humans to “fix” their sin problem is to “repent and believe.” To say it another way, the only way to fix the problem of humanity is to trust Jesus.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… but because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5).
2. Wilson makes clear in his post that one of the main problems in America is humanism. Both liberals and conservatives have a basic belief that mankind is “good” and “the explanation for evil is ignorance.” I see this sort of logic applied on both sides of the political system. The result is a belief that good logic and argument will be enough to convince people to agree with you. With the right information and the right decisions our society, the humanists argue, will be “fixed.” Both sides (the right and left) are unable to agree on which direction to take our country, but the underlying assumption is that American can be “fixed” by proper information.
I came across a really good illustration recently that speaks to this very point.
Imagine encountering a man’s body lying by the side of the road. You decide to pull over to check the man’s condition. As your car comes to a stop, you jump out and run toward him. Reaching down to check his pulse, you realize he has none. He’s dead and gone, perhaps due to a heart attack. What can you do? Based on his appearance, you deduce that the man may have suffered heart failure due to a lifetime of poor eating habits. Instantly, you leap to your feet, rush to the car, pull out a diet book, and begin screaming important information from its pages as you head back toward him: “Chapter 1: Eating for Health and Heart!”
Stop to examine the absurdity of this situation. No amount of information on eating habits is going to resurrect this man. He’s already dead. The only real solution would be for him to somehow obtain a new lease on life. In the same way, no amount of education will change the heart of a spiritually dead person. Life is the only solution to death.
Andrew Farley, The Naked Gospel