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Getting Back to Basics

It has been said that an optimist is someone who believes this is the best of all possible worlds while a pessimist fears that is true.   But whether one tends to be upbeat or downtrodden there is great fear about the day in which we live.  We see this in the economy, in our culture and in our politics–particularly from the Left.   Our President apologizes for our land, blames President Bush for every problem from dandruff to loose dentures and each day appears more Carteresque.  When asked if we are an exceptional nation he says that we are no more exceptional than any other place.  If all nations are exceptional then none are.

How did we get here?   In part, by listening to the false promises of a charlatan who pretended to be a centrist when he was and is of the Far Left.   During the campaign the mask most came off in an unguarded moment when he told one who would become known as Joe the Plumber, “I believe in spreading the wealth around.”   Right now we might well ask, “What wealth?”

But this is deeper than one man who was mistakenly seen by some as a messiah and the anointed one.   Charles Colson is one of the true prophets of our time.   A few weeks ago on the Mike Huckabee program on FOX he said that underneath all our problems is a moral crisis.   He is exactly right.

The late Dr. David Seamands was one of the greatest preachers in the United States and the author of such best selling books as The Healing of Damaged Emotions and Putting Away Childish Things.   He was on a panel on the U of KY campus back in the 1960’s along with a physician, a counselor, a professor and a private businessman.   The topic was “Dealing with the Crises of our Times.”   Dr. Seamands got the first question and the second and the third.   Finally he said to the students who had gathered:   “I expected to be on the sidelines on such a learned panel.   How does it happen that I am fielding every question?”   A student leader said, “Dr. Seamands, isn’t every crisis ultimately theological?”    That student was exactly right.

What to do?   Jerry Kramer, Hall of Fame Guard on the great Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960’s, said that if the Pack began to lose, Coach Lombardi would huddle them up, hold up a ball and say, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”   What Kramer is saying is that the great coach was getting them back to basics.   Earl Hunt was a strong bishop in the United Methodist Church.   After a bad year among his churches he addressed his clergy by saying, “Sometimes progress is made by going back to the place where we got off the track.”

What to do?   First, let us acknowledge anew that we are “One nation under God.”   In the Old Testament book of II Chronicles God says to His Chosen, the Hebrews, “If my People who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”   (II Chronicles 7:14)   The Chronicles were written 2500 years ago at the time of the Persian Empire (present day Iran)  but it is as up to date as the headlines of the morning newspaper.   Both Lombardi and Hunt are right.   Sometimes we need to go back to basics and going back helps us move forward.

Second, let us elect candidates who recognize these basics and face the fact that most such men and women are in the GOP.  And these are not just Republicans but Conservative Republicans comfortable with Tea Party thinking (talk about going forward by going back) and they are persons who seek national renewal.

Several such candidates come to mind.   Ken Buck and Cory Gardner respectively seeking Senate and House seats in D.C. from here in CO.   Bill Brady running for Governor in deep blue Illinois.    And Marco Rubio running for the U.S. Senate from FL.  These men are all young and all from outside the Establishment.   They also recognize basic moral values and that our crises are, at root, theological.   They understand that we are “One Nation Under God.”

Even the Left is beginning to realize that we are off the track.   The Independents concluded this some time ago.   Conservatives always instinctively know that Leftist thinking is wrong and dangerous.   Let us return to our basic roots, be confident in God and His Presence.   Let us elect men and women who not only believe in our nation and its future but men and women who BELIEVE THE FUTURE IN.  And these are all Conservatives and many are strong in the Judeo-Christian tradition.   And let us fearlessly stand with them and for them come what may.   “Revive us again, O Lord, that we may rejoice in Your Presence.”   (Psalm 85:6)   Dear God, may it be so.