Daniel Henninger in this morning’s WSJ wonders why liberals can get elected, but not govern. He uses action on climate change as an example as says:
Put differently, it’s not about doing something serious about global warming. It’s really all about them (a virus threatening American conservatism as well). The “them” at the U.N. summits included not just the participating nations but a galaxy of well-financed nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs.
Not a particularly insightful conclusion really, but that parenthetical shot at conservatives is what really bothers me. You see, if we have the same issue then I must conclude we have abandoned religion just as surely as the left. Oh to be sure we remain clothed in our religious garb, but if we are “threatened by the same virus,” then it would seem our religiosity is in garb only.
Regardless of your particular brand of of faith, there are two lessons you can draw from faith that sink deeply into the Great American Civil Religion. Lesson One – there is something much bigger than the self at play. Lesson Two – It’s about service, not self.
Before this turns into a sermon, I would simply suggest that the key to our recapturing the Senate this year, to winning the White House in 2016, but most importantly to setting the nation back on the right course are those lessons.
That most likely means careful and deep re-examination of our religious lives and the institutions that support them. Take your faith seriously first and the rest will follow.