Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Something I’ve been ‘picking up’ in current events lately reminds me of these scriptures. I’ve seen many an instance where a grown up reproduces for the sake of themselves. That is, they have a child so they will ‘have someone to love.’ Wait, I don’t mean a child for the parent to love, I mean the parent desires the child to love them! This can easily result in the parent withholding discipline from the child out of fear that the child will withhold “love” from the parent. As you can imagine, this would fairly quickly make the child the master of the parent. Perhaps you’ve seen as much in real life with children manipulating parents or in the unreal life of entertainment movies and television. Personally, in some of the instances I’ve seen this happen, the parent really looks like they hate at least the posture of servitude before their child – if not the child himself. This is sort of the inverse of Proverbs 13:24 in that the parent spares the rod and ends up hating the child.
In current events there are many national leaders that don’t seem to be public servants. They act like they see an election as a popularity contest. They got the most votes, so they are the most ‘loved’ of the slate of candidates. Frequently, I find no other explanation for their continued desire to work in the morass of bureaucracy, committee hearings, parliamentary procedure that is our federal government. Why would anyone put up with that unless they coveted either the perceived love of the populace or the illicit benefits (financial or otherwise) of the dishonest legislator? It really looks to me like congressmen want to feel loved by a lot of people and that’s what drives them to get elected and reelected. Now, in current events, the electorate is getting involved in the healthcare debate. Both sides are apparently making their voices known. I’ve seen instances of elected representatives getting angry at their electorate for disagreeing with them. This “anger” reveals that they do not see themselves as public servants, it’s almost the same anger as the parent (mentioned above) who has failed to discipline their child. It’s actually quite revealing. So many of our legislators have been swayed to support current proposals by the argument: “This is a historical moment.” What does that reveal but their own egoism? They make decisions based on how much fame (or public love) they will get out it?
The next step, we could see the horror of the other scripture. These elected representatives are revealing their true colors as fame-motivated self-serving egoists. One only has to look at the horrors of the British socialized medical system to realize what government controlled healthcare will be like here. Our leaders will be angry at the electorate for the systems failings, they will not admit fault or failure. The system everyone will be forced to use will be quite cruel. Already, some legislators are quite clear in the reason they support the abortion funding: “Aborting those babies will only reduce future costs.”
Insert your name in the place of “babies” and you’ll see just how cruel the compassion of the wicked can be.