Congress Hall Cafe

A beam in your eye?

The goal of my public policy ministry is to seek out principles where ever they can be found that will support good government. This of course is the work of the sovereign, and according to our Constitution, this is the people of which I am a part.  So having a debate on principles of course is necessary in order to improve the constitution we live under; moreover, it’s our duty. Since the science of morality is the fountain of good public policy, our moral sentiments  should not be “do not judge” but to judge well by using reason, experience, revealed and unrevealed sources. Jesus said in Matthew 7:1-4 “Don’t judge… You hypocrite!… First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  Jesus is not saying do not judge at all.  He is saying first remove the beam before trying to remove the speck. To remove the beam is to see God’s law and this will allow you to remove the speck in your brother’s eye. To support a violation of God’s law is to have a plank in your eyes which makes it impossible for you to remove the speck of dust in someone’s else’s eye. To see clearly is to know God’s law and his constitutional wisdom and to judge accordingly. To expand this concept into constitutionalism for the perfecting of our communities, the people as sovereign are required to discuss and consider the utility and value of constitutional principles and law, and by the consent of the majority, blend those “pearls” and “treasure” into fabric of society.   God’s vision for the nations which America is a part that on every Sabbath day that citizens in every municipality from ten to a thousand will gather in public assemblies in order to discuss and debate the merits and value of their convictions for the improvement of the state and of the Union. It should also be a truth based on reason that to berate, castigate or enforce political correctness only impairs and arrests open discourse, and useful debate and this is counter productive and a great evil; it keeps the beam in the eye of not only the individual but an entire people. Alexander Hamilton:”I have addressed myself purely to your judgments, and have studiously avoided those asperities which are too apt to disgrace political disputants of all parties…” 533  Federalist Papers Open discourse is illumination while a hidden agenda is deception, the former leads to a majority consent as the later to factious usurpation. In free discourse no principle or law should be considered above condemnation or too feeble for consideration except for one divine limitation. Blackstone speaking of the common law of England writes that no positive law can be legitimate if repugnant to divine law. Beyond this restriction, let the weight of history, the experience of the ages, common sense and the guide posts of Scripture tilt the scales for approval or condemnation. Upon these principles, I recommend this rule: state your principle and the evidence that it is will improve society and let the majority decide.

If a principle supports life, liberty and property then its a good principle. So let us mine the vast fields of human experience, weighty authorities and history and upon finding the gold nugget proudly give it as a gift to all mankind. I just showed you 16 constitutional rights emanating from the Bible that are essential for the protection of liberty.

If a principle supports life, liberty and property then its a good principle. So let us mine the vast fields of human experience, weighty authorities and history and upon finding the gold nugget proudly give it as a gift to all mankind. I just showed you 16 constitutional rights emanating from the Bible that are essential for the protection of liberty.

Civility in Public Debate – A God Mandate “We the People” begins our US Constitution. The reason for this is that the People are the fountain of sovereign authority under God. As sovereign, the people are required to be made sensible of the issues and struggles that our nation is going through. This requires free, open, and sincere public debate. Public debate is the required work of a free republic. If public debate is poisoned by negative characterizations, insults, threats, accusations, and insults, then the work of a free republic is damaged. If you trust in the principles of free government then you will welcome the same process that the US Congress via US Constitution uses, that is, with civility state your principle, give historic evidences of its use while demonstrating its value to society and then let the majority decide. Those who are tempted to support their opinions by attack, I encourage you to read “Mao’s Great Famine” by Frank Dikotter. Mao and the socialist party used demonizing insults toward their political opponents thus turning civil discourse into an atmosphere filled with fear and intimidation and this led to horrendous miscalculations in the direction of the nation resulting in great human suffering. Jesus said in Matthew 5: 22 ” But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the judgment; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ will be in danger of the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Gehenna.” Socrates and his friends discoursed on the best constitution for the city. One friend, Thrasymachus says that the company has gathered to prospect for gold by listening to discussions. Another friend, Glaucon says that the measure of listening to such discussions is the whole of life for reasonable men. 689 Diodotus says that nothing is contrary to good judgment than haste and anger in a public discourse. Those who are oppose to open discourse is defending a private interest, and knowing a good speech will can carry a bad cause, he seeks to browbeat his opponents with good slander. 71.thuc Homer writes through Phoenix that the gods can adjust and yield, although their majesty, honor and power is superior to man’s ”153 Socrates remarks that opinions divorced from knowledge are ugly things. The best of them are blind and crooked versus luminous and fair. 741 Glory

Power of Oratory

Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done.” Matt.21:21

Cicero “But as the classification of discourse is a twofold one — conversation, on the one side; oratory, on the other — there can be no doubt that of the two this debating power (for that is what we mean by eloquence) counts for more toward the attainment of glory…. But the speech that is delivered in a debate before an assembly often stirs the hearts of thousands at once…”

Note: Jesus is expounding the power of God’s spirit. Cicero gives an example of the power of God’s spirit. The spirit is the driving force of thought and feeling in the soul. An speech to an audience by the power of God’s spirit can move the heart of the entire audience; it is the same spirit that caused the fig leaf to wither.

Jesus spoke of the power of words when he said, “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt…if you tell this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done.” Jesus is illustrating that the power of words is the power to move mountains. For example, when Patrick Henry declared “give me liberty or give me death.” He moved the American colonists to defend their rights against English aggression. When Franklin D. Roosevelt utter his famous line “December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy.” He moved an entire nation into war. When John F Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” He moved America into public service. Chapter 12 is about turning language into force that can move mountains, that is, move a classroom, a community, or a nation.

Cicero “… for the eloquent and judicious speaker is received with high admiration, and his hearers think him understanding and wise beyond all others. And, if his speech have also dignity combined with moderation, he will be admired beyond all measure, especially if these qualities are found in a young man.  But while there are occasions of many kinds that call for eloquence, and while many young men in our republic have obtained distinction by their speeches in the courts, in the popular assemblies, and in the senate, yet it is the speeches before our courts that excite the highest admiration”

Plato says the man who cannot distinguish and abstract for other things the good does know good itself but only has an opinion without knowledge and is dreaming and dozing in his present life to find himself in the house of Hades sleeping forever. (766)

HIlaws A person sees less in his own cause than in someone else’s and it is generally possible to amend in another person’s mouth what may not be amended in his own.  157

The Nature of Darkness.

Paul: “Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.” Romans 1:21

John of Salisbury writes that the great philosophers of antiquity were genesis who measured the earth, gave rules to the heavens, and discovered natural phenomena, and yet, as giants, they puffed up themselves waging war against the grace of God by the power of their reason depending upon free will. Calling themselves wise, they become fools as their unwise hearts were darkened so that those who knew everything perniciously erred about most things. 149


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