Friday, July 1, 2011

Set Before Us … Life or Death

I do have to applaud Onkar Ghata for putting current debate on our national direction in proper light. In one of the most view article on, Mr. Ghata presents the national choice of direction in pretty clear light, a choice of competing moralities of Ayn Rand and Jesus. While his exegetical powers leave much to be desired, he is correct in naming the pulls Jesus or Rand. I grew sad reading the comments of his Ayn Rand is the best representative of neo-con vision for America. One where the individual is responsible only for himself and selfishness is a virtue. Any appeal to common good is taunted as a form of communism.

Now, this is not about Republican vs Democrat. For nearly a hundred years, both agreed on the basic morality that was defined by Jesus. They disagreed with policy about how to do so. Take the welfare reforms of the nineties. Both Republican and Democrats agreed on wanting to lifting people out of poverty. While Democrats believed in government programs of help and training. The Republicans believed that only by putting time limits on this help would give people the incentives to work their way out of poverty. The basic morality of both views, helping the poor, was the same. Here is conservative Chuck Colson take on the dangers of Randian worldview

Now, there is another vision or morality that is rising.

Maybe it was born of the permissive cultural revolutions of sixties, or out of the think tanks of John Brich Society. It is pushed by the Koch brother, Paul Ryan and others. The reality is that it is now finding a voice out of people's frustrations about our current economic mess. Do not mistake it, is not conservative at all, but a radical as anything Karl Marx cooked up. A blind ideology that turns accepted truth on its head for a perverse notion of The core of this new radical morality is a call to the individual regardless on any concern for the community or the other. Any concern for the community or the common good is dismissed as “collectivism.” It is an old philosophy that is summed up in the book of Judges:

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eye.

As Christians, the choice is clear. We must choose life. We must choose Jesus.

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