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Oh Really Stomp

Oh Really Stomp

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Published by Herm Zandman
A disturbing phenomenon has entered the halls of power in that politicians are increasingly bent on character assassination rather than debating issues. This tendency to kick the player rather than the ball is a demeaning and ungodly. Those who strive to walk the God-walk will more than ever need to be guiding lights in this destructive practice.
A disturbing phenomenon has entered the halls of power in that politicians are increasingly bent on character assassination rather than debating issues. This tendency to kick the player rather than the ball is a demeaning and ungodly. Those who strive to walk the God-walk will more than ever need to be guiding lights in this destructive practice.

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Published by: Herm Zandman on Jun 04, 2012
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From a group of a few individuals this rhythmic performance group called Stomp has grown to a worldwide company with a number of groups. What these groups do is fascinating: using every-day items like broom sticks, trash cans, and such like, they perform tightly choreographed and ingenuously implemented performances that keep the audiences enthralled. Their stomping is a thing of beauty. In a different arena entertainment value is considered by some to be high as well. It is in the realm of politics. It has struck me over and over again during the various election campaigns that have taken place and during the recent debates (a serious misnomer for the debasing of persons that is happening on a daily basis) in Parliament as they can be heard on ABC Radio, how those seeking election or increase of power invariably do so by a continuous striving to elevate their own image in stomping on that of challengers. It seems to be a type of Pavlovian conditioning. As an interviewer asks an intelligent, open-ended question, the politician will invariably respond in a polarising ‘us versus them’ kind of manner, eulogising his own stance and stomping on the opposition’s. Many a potentially good Recent Affairs broadcast has been cheapened in to a verbal slugging match (even if the opponent was not present to respond) in which, rather than responding intelligently to the issue presented, a predictable bandwagon reply reiterated the speaker’s superior approach to the issue at hand over against the bottomless inferiority and mindlessness of the opposition. It is a nation in a sad state of affairs where highly paid politicians spend their time in Parliament with self-aggrandizement and slanging matches with the almost exclusive purpose of rising to power or clinging to the same. R.L. Dabney (1820-1898; lawyer, pastor, and advisor to General Stonewall Jackson) on guiding voters what to look for in candidates tells them not to go along party lines, but rather scrutinize the personal life of the candidate under consideration by the standards of God’s Word. He recommends that the candidate who is deemed most noble on those terms is the one for whom to cast the vote. Philippians 4:8 declares: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Dabney is looking for people with such a mind bend to take public office and rule in the public interest. In our day and age the word ‘politician’ has become a byword for double talk and pragmatic manoeuvrings to gain political advantage (however that may be defined). When a person remarks that ‘it is just politics,’ then he means that the action or statement is not intended to bring about a desirable outcome in terms of the common good, but rather that a self-serving goal is in view. I have overheard young people at school make disparaging remarks about politicians as they overheard adults talk in that vein – which talk was promptly imitated by the children who heard. This is a sad state of affairs.

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Thus we have a rather poisonous situation in which politicians (not withstanding the number of noble and righteous ones) damage the reputation of national (or regional and local) leadership on the one hand and the low esteem in which they are consequently being held by those over whom they exercise that leadership. I call it poisonous because at the root of this collective stomp is the prince of this world who takes great delight in the destruction of noble, God-ordained institutions. A great way of waging war on once Christian nations is by, firstly, corrupting legislative, executive, and judicial arms of government, and, secondly, causing the nation at large to regard those arms of government with contempt, faint amusement, or sighing tolerance. It appears to this observer that our nation, along with many other once professedly Christian nations, is risking serious satanic mutilation as this father of lies has successfully eroded the sense of respect that people hold in relation to one another in a morally healthy society. To the Christians in the nation a word of caution may be timely. Christian parents are to take care in avoiding disparaging talk about our leadership in the presence of the next generation. Christians can write about their concerns to the members of Parliament, they also can and should bring their leadership before the Throne of Grace often. To the Christians in Parliament a word of encouragement may be appropriate in displaying attitudes in the political arena which resonate the words of Philippians 4:8. Seek to be noble and respect even those with differing views; then kick the ball, not the player in debates. Confidence... thrives only on honesty, on honour, on the sacredness of obligation, on faithful performance. Without them, it cannot live. - Franklin D. Roosevelt A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. - Benjamin Franklin

Dr Herm Zandman 27/05/2012

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