Yesterday, the DNC had to pretend it had a 2/3 vote to assert that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and for the inclusion of the phrase, “God-given gifts” into their national platform, because three attempts to vote couldn’t bring it. Whether it was the “God” language or the “Jerusalem” language they resisted more is hard to say. But the nays seem to have it it.
And then, of course, the mob boo’ed, jeered and hissed.
Later, Bill Clinton came out and did what Bill Clinton does better than almost anyone.
This morning, appeared on my Facebook wall the cleverest remark about it all:
“So, after they denied God three times, the cock crowed; what next?”
Well, what comes next is an ending and a beginning, as we all know.
What? In 2008, the Democrats loved this biblical/messianic stuff. Some still do!
It’s a clever remark, and I admit I laughed — the DNC got all biblical and they didn’t even know it!
But don’t get too cocky. After all, Peter may have made three denials, but he still ended up with the keys.
God’s ways are not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts, and we do well to remember that, every day, in every situation. God’s view is the longview, which we are not privy to.
Which is precisely why I will never despair; even if it all “goes wrong” I will never entertain the notion that God’s hand has gone missing in anything, or that a greater purpose than we can imagine isn’t behind so much that confounds us. And because I will not entertain that notion, I will never fall into the trap of thinking that our own efforts, alone, will be the ultimate solution to anything.
I keep thinking of the French Revolution, and how things tumble, and it seems like all is at a loss, that cultures and civilizations must end, and they do.
But then I remember what brings them around again.
Crows and Magpies: yesterday was a wild ride for the DNC, and they will be battered by it. Bill Clinton started strong and then grew weaker even as he found his longer-wind. And then Barack Obama hurried out, stepped on Clinton’s chance to bask in applause, in order to get the photo-op.
It’s all illusions and stage management. There is a long-game in progress. Best we can do is do our very best to live in obedience to what we know is True, and trust in that Truth.