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Big Tent Lie

The conversations in my life seem to be dominated by a few large categories: Religion, Politics, Financial Security, and Personal Security. And, in each of these areas I find a disturbing “Truism” creeping in.

The Truism is that we need to “more inclusive” or “tolerant” of divergent views. This concept is sometimes referred to as the “Big Tent” approach.

However, the consequences of each of these conversations are so large; it is difficult and dangerous to assume that all points of view are equally valid.

The Big Tent approach is most commonly discussed in the realm of Politics, and is particularly intense right now among “Republicans”, still reeling from back-to-back loses for the White House. Predictably, the media, “strategists”, and other gurus of politics are blaming the GOP for not embracing this minority group or that special-interest group. And so, the answer, universally, seems to be “if you are more attractive to this group, they will vote for you”. In other words, “Compromise”.

“Include this view into the platform, and include that view into the platform. We need a Bigger Tent”. The GOP’s problem is not that they do not have a “Bigger Tent”. The GOP’s problem is that they do not have a “Brighter Tent”. A Bigger Tent is defined as including all points of view, no matter how divergent. A Brighter Tent is defined as having a message that draws people under it.

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No One comes to the Father, But through ME.” (John 14:6). That is not a message that is inclusive of all divergent views. Jesus would not agree that, “We all believe in the same god.”

Spending more and more on your Credit Cards will not bring you prosperity, no matter what the commercials promise. Hard work and savings are the only true path to Financial Security.

Believing that the Human Predator currently attacking you or your family is simply a “misunderstood youth, who did not receive the same opportunities”; and so, you should reason or talk your way to safety; will get you Killed.

No all view points are Valid. No matter how passionately held or repeated. All views have consequences, and the results of those consequences are how we define true success.

If the any political party wants to have a future in this country, they need to reestablish the narrative that will attract supporters.

The DNC has found a message of government support and largess. The GOP is unsure whether to copy this view or try something different. The results of this view will end up in larger deficits; less freedom and lower standards of living.

I would suggest the messages of: Personal Liberty, for yourself and your neighbors; Lower Taxes, which allow families to decide how/where/when/if to spend their money; Charity, it is not charity if given from coerced taxes;

For years the GOP has been trying the concept of having a “Big Tent”. And they have been consistently losing more voters. (Fewer people voted for Mitt Romney, than voted for John McCain). They will continue to faded to the history books until they realize; “They do not need a Bigger Tent; They need one with Brighter Colors and Broader Stripes that rallies people to it.”

TNT

Is there a Biblical model for the Escalation of Force?

I believe a partial answer can be found in the life of the Apostle Paul.

While studying Acts Chapter 14, I was struck by the way Paul and Barnabas handled both implied and direct threats to their life.

Paul and Barnabas were preaching in Iconium under a General Threat or Danger.

Acts 14:1-2 “(1) Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews and spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. (2) But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.”

Their reaction to a unspecified danger or threat was to remain and press on with their mission.

Acts 14:3 “(3) Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

One of the primary reasons that they remained on task even in the midst of this danger, had to do with those new Christians they were leading. We must always stand in the gap when others are depending upon us. Notice that they remained in place “a long time”.

Now what happens when the environment changes from generally threatening, to a very specific, credible threat upon you?

Acts 14:5-6 “(5) And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse and stone them. (6) They became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region.”

Once the threat had moved from general to specific, it made sense to react to the threat. In this case, flee, or retreat was the right decision. Too often, Christian believe that the willingness to be faithful unto death, martyrdom, requires that we wait for it. Martyrdom is not the same as fatalism. We must be willing to die for our faith, but we must not seek it out.

So what happens when you have been caught and are facing death? We are faithful. And if they do not kill us, then we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and carry on with the mission.

Acts 14:19-20 “(19) The Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. (20) However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day departed with Barnabas to Derbe.”

He picked himself up, walked back into the city and went to bed. He left the next day on his own. Brave!

Last, but not least, what happens when the mission is over? We rest. Paul and Barnabas, having completed their 1st missionary journey, traveled home.

Acts 14:28 “So they stayed there a long time with the disciples.”

The Lord has established the concept of Sabbath, or a period of rest.

So, our reaction to danger looks like this:

General Threat – Press on with the Mission
Specific Threat – React Appropriately
Caught – Be Faithful unto Death
Survive – Return to the Battle
Success – Rest and Refit for the next tasking

Soli Deo Gloria

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