Is a "civil war in America" looming?
Hi, I'm Jim Denison Tennyson and this is the daily article for Thursday, October, fourth, twenty eighteen does watching the news 'cause you stress if so, you're in the majority according to the American psychological association responding to the vitriol of our day New York Times columnist. Thomas Friedman warns that a civil war in America maybe coming if we can't find a way out of the tribal Listrik political cultural fracturing that threatens our future. I think I can explain a foundational reason for the divisive angst of our day. Then I'd like to offer a surprising way forward. I discovered recently this morning's Wall Street Journal reports that the White House has reviewed the FBI's probe into Judge Kevin up and finds no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations. Senators set to review the FBI's findings today. Why has Kavanagh supreme court nomination of oak such this row reaction? The late Antonin Scalia son has an explanation. Christopher's Kaleo recently pointed. The oversized power of the supreme court in contemporary America. In his view, the Korda's preemptively settled cultural issues that should have been resolved in elections, Roe v Wade in the twenty fifteen same-sex ruling or examples. According to Senator Ben Sasse. The blame lies largely with legislators who have delegated authority on divisive issues to the executive branch or the judiciary. That's a good strategy for lawmakers who want to get reelected by skirting controversy. But it's a bad strategy for a Republic whose governance ten, such issues to be decided by leaders directly accountable to the people with three current supreme court justices age seventy and older. It's predictable that we'll see more fights over future nominations and more fights over who should nominate and confirm them. So how did we get here? Abraham maslow's, famous hierarchy of needs begins with the physical that includes air water, food, rest, and health. It proceeds upward to security, which includes safety shelter. Instability, social, which includes being loved belonging and inclusion ego, which includes self-esteem, power, recognition, proced-, and finally, to self actualization, which includes development and creativity. Human civilization is the story of our drive to climb up this hierarchy. Our physical needs motivate us to work with others to raise food producing farms and villages these villages need security. So they cooperate to form cities with walls and armies the cities than worked together with other cities to enhance their resources and security forming states nations, their residents develop social networks that their egos drive them to lead upon this nation. They focus on creative development, the need for such sociological cooperation, let our founders to create a Republic in which the majority rules, but the minority is protected. The device checks and balances to minimize the ability of an individual or group to gain an unfair advantage over others. So long as citizens believe. That the compromises the system requires will benefit them in their nation. The system works affectively such belief seems to be in serious question today pilot famously asked Jesus of Nazareth, what is truth? John eighteen thirty eight Americans. Now embrace two contradictory answers to his question. Some believe that truth claims are objective and authoritative while others claim that all truth is relative and subjective. The latter elevate tolerance the highest value than ironically demonstrate intolerance towards all those they perceive as intolerant. These divergent views of truth produced divergent views of morality. The relativistic view lead to the legalization of abortion the woman, so called right to choose and same sex marriage. The couple's so-called right to choose those who disagree on objective. Moral grounds are caricatured as anti women homophobic, divergent moralities reflected in divergent views of governmental authority on one side, the limit. -ted in state Senator on the other side expansive and federally centered. And these have produced bitterly divided political agendas. As a result, today's parties are fighting not just over legislative issues, but over foundational views of our best future as the supreme court has become increasingly engaged in political issues. Its composition has become increasingly politicized. So what's the way forward? God loves the world according to John three sixteen not just our part of it. Shockingly he loves the Jihadist as much as the Christian that the jihadists martyrs because God is love. First, John four, eight, his character requires him to love everyone as much as he loves anyone. Now he's calling Christians to act as bridge builders by incarnating his compassion for our broken culture. So how do we do this in his book a friendship like no other experiencing God's amazing embrace William berry offers this unusual advice talk with God. About the news when you see coverage of the disaster in Indonesia, don't just pray for those affected by this tragedy. Ask God how he feels about the then ask him for his heart. For those he loves do the same with coverage of the supreme court process. Ask your father, how he feels about those with whom you disagree than ask for his heart for those alums, we don't have to compromise our beliefs to lever enemies. In fact, according to Matthew five, the urgency of such love is one of the most essential beliefs berry retails this medieval parable. There's a party in heaven after the army has been destroyed and the Jewish nation saved at the Red Sea. The heavenly host notices that God is not joining the party, but we ping they ask, why are you sad? Your people have been saved? The AGIP Sion's have been destroyed, and God says the AGIP shins are also my people who are your AGIP shins today? Thank you for listening. Today's daily article podcast for more news to certain differently order receive the daily article through Email. Please visit Denison forum dot org.