Looking at the big picture is wise politics

Yes, the NEW GOVERNMENT can do things quickly and overturn wrong and many undesirable things… But your words and even your perfectly right actions should be undertaken prudently and wisely. You don’t just send messages to those who support you; for every message you send to your supporters, you thereby also send a message to those who don’t support you. You don’t want to unnecessarily widen the gap between those who support you and those who don’t.

Matthew 5. 25 “Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; 26 truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.”

Prudence, thinking ahead, looking at the big picture… is doing WISE POLITICS. I am of course overjoyed that at this time of writing, the issue of the nominee as new Attorney-General is more or less about to be settled to sufficient satisfaction… But I remind myself that politics is in Otto von Bismarck’s thinking the “art of the possible.” There is not just one way of accomplishing our objectives or policy. For the short term, impatient politicians and their voters alike, want things their way and with least delay. But “their way” would sometimes make unnecessary enemies and/or make existing enemies dig deeper trenches to fight on. Wasn’t it JESUS Who said,

” 38 You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”?

It would be preposterous for me to suggest here that we treat our political “enemies” to such an extent. I CAN’T. Yet as CHRIST’s ambassador in the political arena, dare I summarily dismiss this call of my CHRIST? At the very least, in these days and times when a change of government has indeed come about, irrespective of my low standard as a much flawed disciple, I am nevertheless duty-bound to CHRIST’s command and calling.

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