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Friday, January 23, 2009

Moderation

Once again we see the "moderation" of the new president: he makes the standard moves of his party and then suggests that anyone who disagrees with him is causing division. He tells us in normal political code words, "It is time we end the politicization of this issue," which best translates to, "My way is the right way and everyone else is just trying to cause division." He suggests that the issue at hand is merely a "political wedge issue". He even is kind enough to let us know that he has "no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate."

What is the question that is just some unreal problem that no one should really worry about? Whether the United States should pay organizations to execute small children in foreign countries. Some people might think that this is an issue that matters. Some people might think that this is a really important question. Our president, however, finds the debate stale and fruitless, so he will just impose his side of the debate and move on.

Thus the warning of our Lord, that he did not come to bring peace. There are two kinds of peace: the peace among those who share the truth and the peace among those who do not care about the truth. Our president is calling for the second kind, the kind of peace that every Christian must oppose wholeheartedly. He is calling for us to not care about the truth.

It is insufficient for him to simply change the policy and make us pay for crimes to be committed throughout the world. He would have us believe that he is embracing some sort of pragmatic moderation by doing it. He would have us believe that anyone who disagrees with him is just "playing politics" or is themself an extremist. Thus his move today is not just an attack on the very young. The way he made the move, the complete disregard for whether it is right or wrong, is an attack on the truth and on anyone who prefers the truth. He stands with Pilate and asks, "What is truth?"