People came from far and near to see the Magnificent Temple of Solomon had built to the honor of Yahweh in Jerusalem. Only in that city could one find a people dedicated to a dynamic connection to God.
Whataboutism is not new. It is how we learn. We have used comparison and evaluation to ensure that our understanding is not insular and stunted. It is a well known fact that many Americans know little about their environment outside their town and perhaps their state.
Connecting with what matters asks for respectful attention and not simple acceptance. We can say “I hear you” without meaning that we buy what was said.
It is no wonder that lawmakers work together to create opportunities for the people. But it is, in Washington.
It is no wonder that heads of state lead the charge against the nation’s adversaries. But it is, in Washington.
It is no wonder that data drives the engine of corporate and private life. But it is, in Washington.
Facts and Foxes in HenHouses
We know that it is not only in wonderland do openly bigoted religious and elected personalities not know that words have meanings that do not change.
There are hundreds of little wonderlands across our nations where people have little or no experience of their neighbours’ perennial struggles and lack the courage to cross the street.
Shouting hateful slogans takes little humanity. Shouting cute maxims shows little intelligence.
You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, He did not make me; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, He has no understanding? Isaiah 29:16
We have seen how falsehoods repeated often enough (and strategically) have become daily mantras no matter how obvious the venom is or despite the shaky precedents asserted.
The Washington touch
Do not try to imagine why the 45th president is a churlish, despot, megalomaniac, lying, cesspool of greed and prostitution or why the elected representatives are the most potent cowards. In Washington everything turns to dirt at the touch of the masters of hypocrisy and cowardice.
Its wonderland. How many totalitarian regimes does a bigot-in-chief have to court before Washington wakes up and sneezes?
Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god! Habakkuk 1:11
Hopefully it takes one special counsel to uncover just how deeply and for how long Satanic (lies and rebellion) influence have been entrenched in the new wonderland, because they are, like Israel of Isaiah’s days,
- A rebellious people,
- lying children,
- children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord;
- who say to the seers, Do not see,
- to the prophets, Do not prophesy to us what is right;
- speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, Isaiah 30:9-10