A government that derives its just powers from the consent of “We, the people” will change for the better as the people change. Next week’s election will not, by itself, set us a new course; we have not assembled our collective thoughts sufficiently for it to do that. But those who never learned who our Founders were and why they built our Constitution as they did are beginning to hear that story. In much of our intellectually hungry America, we are past the reflexive “rejection” phase for those uniquely American political ideas now being enunciated in so many quarters; we have entered the phase of rumination and testing.
A lot of people have to change their minds about some important things if we are to see our nation change course. But the necessary ideas are being communicated, and mind-changing happens all the time. I’ve seen it make a difference on a daily basis. And when the hearts change, as they must when people begin to listen to God and consider His laws and promises, then God will work suddenly and do mighty things.
J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval intelligence officer and evangelical Christian. She retired in 2004 and blogs from the Inland Empire of southern California. She writes for Commentary's CONTENTIONS blog, Hot Air’s Green Room, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.