Since what we are seeking to reform is our public life together, the principal object of our concern should be the current state of our public life together. We are not attempting time travel to Arcadia, or perpetrating some sort of a book jump into Utopia. We play cards with the hand we were dealt, and what we were dealt is this dog’s breakfast of a civic order. We start where we are, and we are to go somewhere good that we can actually get to from here.
So someone interested in genuine reform has to have his eye on three things. What are they? First, since our principal problem is the idolatrous cancer of statism, we must first be interested in keeping that statism from getting any worse. Second, we have to roll back as much of that statism as we can. And third, those things which are healthy in themselves, and which may be allowed to remain, must be grounded in our desire to do the will of Jesus, as revealed in Scripture.
So, to take an issue at random, am I saying that Jesus doesn’t want us to pass any more of these inane gun control laws? Right, that’s what I am saying, and I am grateful for this opportunity to come clean and explain myself.
This, of course, sounds perfectly outrageous to those children of this age who have memorized almost all of the secularist catechism. And if they allowed themselves to think about what I just said for more than ten minutes, they would get pretty whipped up about it. How dare I?
How dare I what? Well, speak for Jesus on a “political” matter when no reputable concordance or Bible search software contains any reference to automatic or semi-automatic weapons. Seems like a reasonable question, right? But it only seems like a reasonable question because it is entirely the wrong question.
If I am debating someone who was maintaining that God didn’t know where South Dakota was, the difference between us would not be about geography. And if I am debating someone who thinks the government has the right to tell me what kind of light bulb to use, the difference between us is not about the best wattage for my living room. If I am debating someone who wants to ban magazines with more than ten rounds, they want it to be about the magazines — whereas if I still have my wits about me, I should know that the debate is over whether or not the ATF rose from the dead in order to ascend into the heavenlies, in order to give gifts to men. I maintain the negative, but maybe that’s just me.