A Lack of Moral Clarity? (03.13.2015)

Events in the United States appear to be spiraling out of control.

Everyday there seems to be a new incident that dramatizes that there is a crisis of thought, action, and confidence within the American republic.

A few examples:

  • Hillary Clinton and the disappearance of State Department E-mails

Possible 2016 and former Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton was found to have used her private e-mail server while she served as the first Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

It is still uncertain if any laws were broken by Mrs. Clinton; nevertheless, for those who are old enough, the slow response of Mrs. Clinton with regards to answering questions about what happened to those e-mails reminded people who were old enough to remember the 1990s about how former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary appeared to play by a different set of rules (their own rules) than everyone else in the political sphere.

Does Mrs. Clinton’s slow response to the e-mail inquiry reveal a lack of transparency?

Dissimulation?

Evasion?

Concealment?

Only time will tell.

  • The Ongoing Racial Strife and Protest in Ferguson, Missouri (MO)

Just when it seems that events in Ferguson, MO have slowed down, another tragedy occurs.  Recently, two police officers were wounded during a night of protest and demonstration.

At the time of this writing, the police have not apprehended the assailant(s).

Furthermore, the United States Justice Department released a scathing report which listed numerous examples of instances in which the Police department in Ferguson routinely targets the poor and minorities with regards to J-Walking citations, traffic tickets, and routine police stops.

Many Law-and-Order Conservatives feel that the police need latitude to do their jobs.  Other Libertarian leaning Conservatives fear abusive and intrusive police powers that violate “civil liberties.”

Who is right?

Should the Ferguson, MO police department be overhauled and temporarily run by the United States Justice Department?

Will a return to rest and normalcy (whatever this means…) ever return to the fine citizens of Ferguson, MO?

  • Global Hotspots:  Israel (threats from Iran), North Korea (instability), and Nigeria (Boko Haram)

What a mess?

How should the United States proceed?

Should the United States take a more activist approach that could involve boots on the ground?

Should the United States back away from the world scene?

One might argue that the United States deserves a break after being the world’s “Peacekeeper and Policeman” for the last 65 to 70 years!

Again, these are questions which desperately need a framework which will lead to “moral clarity.”

My Friends, let me offer this observation:  Up until the 1930s, the United States was led by a philosophy of life that was inspired by the “Judeo-Christian value system.”

Unfortunately, ever since the 1930s the United States and her people – to quote the words of the profound theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul – have viewed life through the prism of a “secular umbrella.

Dr. Sproul argues in his book “Lifeviews” that the Judeo-Christian value system has been assaulted and is gradually being replaced with alternative worldviews such as “Utilitarianism” (John Stuart Mill); “Logical Positivism”’(Auguste Comte); “Hedonism” (Epicureanism or the pursuit of pleasure); and perhaps the most dominant philosophy in American – “Pragmatism” (William James).

Men and Women of the Judeo-Christian faith need to understand that simply addressing the political issues of the day is useless if we do not understand the profound impact that the four worldviews listed above have had on the thinking, living, breathing, and culture of our beloved land.

The aforementioned philosophies affect the way that we look at the events concerning Mrs. Hillary Clinton and her lost e-mails and worldviews affect the solutions that we might propose to bring healing to the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri, and finally, our the worldview or the conceptual outlook that we embrace will affect how we look at the many crises on the world scene.

In the next couple of weeks, this writer will discuss how the ideas of the past are currently determining how we live today.