It is not issues and situations but paths and directions.
In the book “The Making of America” W. Cleon Skouson Copyright 1985 Pg. 10
“One of the most amazing of the American story is that, while the nation’s Founders came from widely divergent backgrounds, their fundamental beliefs were virtually identical. They quarreled bitterly over the most practical plan of implementing those beliefs, but rarely, if ever, disputed about their final objectives or basic convictions.”
On the same page a couple of paragraphs later we have:
“…they were all remarkably well read, and mostly from the same books. Although the level of their formal training varied from spasmodic doses of home tutoring to the rigorous regimen of Harvard’s classical studies, the debates in the Constitutional Convention and the writings of the Founders reflect a far broader knowledge of religious, political, historical, economic, and philosophical studies than would be found in any cross section of American leaders today.”
My argument as been for some time now—–the fact that we have gotten on to the wrong path and are going in opposite and/or wrong direction, not even understanding each others plan. We are no longer arguing positions similar with matching goals but have fallen to were basic assumptions, the fundamental plans do not even a line.
I give you one such case: Large government and spending verses the smaller government and controlled spending—-the argument to reach those goals, must be seen as corrections coming from opposite direction, with totally different out comes and goals.
The argument is no longer common principles and having like goals but the complete structure of the argument is different. There is no uniformity, nor any agreement as to direction we should be going. Why would you argue direction when it is thought more important to give the people the issue through an emotional plea off on some side bar? The arguing of the plan as to righteousness and/or evilness is not pointed out but argued as if both direction and position have merit of correctness in that direction.
From “The Making of America” Pg. 11
“The relative uniformity of fundamental thought shared by these men included strong and unusually well-defined convictions concerning religious principles, political precepts, economic fundamentals, and long-range social goals. On particulars of course they quarreled, but when discussing fundamental percepts and ultimate objectives, they seemed practically unanimous.
They even had strong criticism of one another as individual personalities, yet admired each other as laborers in the common cause.”
Name me the common cause we argue today? We seem to have less and less in common as each day passes, and with that, God and History has placed us on a collision course within our culture.
Education and the fact it has dumb down the citizen to where not 1 in 10 college graduates would know the writings of any of these folks.
From “The Making of America”
“The thinking of Polybius, Cicero, Thomas Hooker, Sir Edward Coke, Baron Charles de Montesquieu, Sir William Blackstone, John Locke, and Adam Smith salt-and-peppered their writings and their conversations. They were also careful students of the Bible, especially the Old Testament…”
The careful students of old are gone; God has been evicted from school and today’s students. IE: The “Adults” know nothing of the Bible nor have anything but the emotion of the issue—-high-lighted by greed, lust and sex with ignorance, being on the wrong path heading in the wrong direction with the engine of destruction wide open. We know nothing of the “Ancient Principles” Jefferson argued for in Chapter 2 of “The Making of America” and the men of his time knew, understood and used.
We must start to understand this problem of being on the wrong path and going in the wrong direction because if we do not we will be locked onto and into a path of destruction, and if we cannot or will not get back to God, Jesus Christ and the Bible we will kill ourselves and this country—-make no mistake about that——the pastors of this country had better start understanding the situation and stop worrying about their cushy church/pulpit jobs and start preaching the whole council of God.
God help us—Amen
We Shall See—–don’t you think??????