November 23rd, 2014

Public and Private Virtue: “Scornful Roulette” – Part II

Public and Private Virtue?

Scornful Roulette Part II

What Your Pulpits Aren’t Telling You… Using Issues in the News for Regaining the Pulpits in the Churches


Scornful Roulette Riots in the Middle East

1.    “Scorn”… Egypt’s current meanderings from Mubarek to junta


“Egyptians are getting more “Mubarakism”, sans Mubarak...”, as one writer (for more from Eric Margolis, click on the picture to the left) put it well.  This is not what most Egyptians expected or labored to bring about. But, it was inevitable. The new military junta just announced it would support the hated Israeli-Egyptian peace accord engineered by former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, thus assuring more bitterness toward America and, of course, Israel.

With  $60- billion in aid to Egypt …and rising… (including an annual $1.4 billion dollar bribe per year to the Egyptian government for not attacking Israel), America places herself in a position to be despised for untold generations (of Arabs and Egyptians) to come. Other Americana includes the dreaded secret police, or "Mukhabarat, as commandeered by Gen. Omar Suleiman, widely viewed as America’s (and Israel’s) “go-to” man in Cairo. Of course, no surprises are in order as we acknowledge the rest of the All-Star line-up in Marshall Tantawi, chief of staff,  Lieutenant General Enan and Ahmed Shafik, also seen as America’s men on the Nile.

Following the Pakistani model
, Egypt’s army is up to its brass in American banking and big business rewards: shopping centers, tourism, hotels, steel, telecom. Few among Egypt’s elite will pull the plug on the gravy train by changing the status quo. They are ready, willing and able to “selflessly” carry on the struggle for “democracy” right down to the last stock split.

Give the government (our interventionist government on the Potomac) credit for always having a U.S. inspired “backup” in the “bull  pen”  for its favorite dictators.  After Anwar Sadat’s assassination, U.S. groomed “bull pen” nominee was Gen. Mubarak, who was quickly whisked into power. So, with Mubarek  in trouble, no wonder U.S. backed Gen. Omer Suleiman was  put in place as Mubarak’s U.S. anointed successor.

Of course, typical of “post-coup” talk, the junta says elections will be held “sometime in the future”, every modern dictator’s nod to “democracy”. Thus, Egyptians curse under their breath. Any “bets” on “Whom” they’re cursing? Scorn therefore begets scorn as the people learn betrayal.

“If  a brother betrayed is harder to be won than a city” (Proverbs 18:19), how much more a people their country’s betrayal. Don’t get me wrong, I am no more for the junta nor Mubarek, much less Hamas or the Brotherhood. So you ask me: “Who are you for? You must choose, you might insist.” My answer is “no”. Neither side is worthy of praise or support. Both sides, presuppositionally, are at root, evil, using the same methods. Only the faces are different.

I am certain that the dialectic
(both opposing positions are dangerous) in Egypt will continue  unabated until this  country abandons its  interventionist globalist, and monopolistic “trade incentives”, complete with briberies for the cruel elite. Of course, even then, until the Christian Church takes a more active role in expressing the righteousness of God’s holy precepts, backing missionaries who care, instead of diplomats and bankers who don’t, there will be no changes.

Especially disconcerting
is the fact that groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are waiting in the wings in the hope the “slow motion revolution” will become the radical explosion some Egyptians hope to see.  But, if  the Christian faith does not produce a vision of victory in the world, the only ones producing “leadership” will be the Church-less.

And that is Egypt’s problem. Nothing will change that…much less the changing of the guard.

Eric Margolis: on Lew Rockwell
Of course, many of the Egyptian people are still ecstatic
over the expulsion of Gen. Mubarak, affectionately  known among the Egyptian populace as "pharaoh."  The reality hasn’t set in yet. Many continue  to pursue their hollow victory despite the realization that the people who have assumed the reins of authority, “sans Mubarek”, are the very same generals, policemen and tycoons who ran it under his dictatorship.

Without  a Christian vision for justice
– read “righteousness” in leadership – we will continue  to see one regime topple another, as the game of “Scornful roulette” continues to be played out on the international stage. But, the people who live in that broken economy, become cynical that truth and fairness can ever see the light of day. People who become embittered tend to turn to rhetoric destructive  of peace and prosperity. In other words, they tend to  turn to the sword and bloodshed for solutions.

2.    Mubarek’s legacy… “scornful” leads to corrupt rule


The Bible tells us the great danger to the son (in the book of Proverbs) is not sex, drugs or Marx. The greatest danger to  the soul is “scorn” (Heb.לוּץ, luwts). The “scorner” is  one who mocks, derides or otherwise denigrates “Truth” …and even the possibility of  its existence. The scorner refuses to trust anything outside his own perspective.

As you can see below, it is, unfortunately, a practice of scorners to assume the mantle of rule and authority. 

-    “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”  –Psa. 1:1
-    “Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath”. – Proverbs 29:8
-    “Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people…”                 - Isa. 28:14
-  “A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.”  – Proverbs 14:6

The only known antidote is righteousness,
the Church using the holy precepts of the living God. We must begin to address the leadership issue by providing leaders for beleaguered, cynical peoples who face the fruits of their idolatrous religion’s decadency. Islam cannot produce a self-governing, upright  society. It can only produce  military solutions: the gun and the badge being the only means of quelling discord in the heart. It has no private virtue. Therefore  it cannot reap the fruits of public virtue either.

3.    The Pulpits need to address public and private virtue


When will the Christian Church in this country learn that private virtue cannot mature unless it includes public virtue. Instead, the Church  retreats from the public sector. The Bible does approve of our monk-like withdrawal from irresponsibility.

The father in the book of Proverbs
, the very first chapter, makes clear that private virtue and  public virtue go hand -in- hand.

The  father in Proverbs 1
calls his son to virtues of the heart: wisdom, justice, judgment, equity. He admonishes the son toward internal graces of the soul:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.   - Proverbs 1: 7
But, just as quickly, the father moves his son to a more “public” consideration of virtue where he is called to obey his parents:

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
The son is further admonished to stand strong in the public sector so as to resist the peer pressure of others and their plundering ethic.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse…

Finally, turning his back upon such societal behavior
, the son learns that merely turning away from evil is not enough. He must participate in the means necessary to call society to wisdom and repentance:

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets… How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

All of that movement
…from private to public virtue within the very first 23 verses of the first chapter.  Let me repeat that: The father moves the training from the art and cultivation of private virtue of the heart to the  necessity of addressing public virtue (and the lack  thereof).

Perhaps, if our pulpits could learn to take the same path, private virtue leading us to public virtue…our  nation might not find itself in jeopardy, and countries such as Egypt might enjoy the fruits of such preaching and teaching in the kinds of missionaries who call Egypt out of its death throes in  “scornful roulette”.

4.    A brief note from our forefathers…public virtue and private virtue

Our forefathers understood
the value of both private and public virtue. The one cannot exist without  the other. Listen to Patrick Henry’s concern that private sin must result in leaderless debauchery and danger in the public  sector:

[I]t is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
This kind of courage never accepts either a Mubarek or a successor junta. It cannot justify bribes, gifts and other concessions. It resists and detests the endless discord that throws people into revolutions of despair. As a result, Christian principle must be imported into the public sector…and Christ’s call to wisdom must be answered by a generation dependent upon His grace.

…or the debauched generation will find itself emptying another chamber in scornful roulette. 

-submitted, Wayne C. Sedlak, for Vision Viewpoint and Reformation Hope Church, located in Hartford, Wisconsin

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