POLITICS!WHY WE MUST PRAY & PARTICIPATE
FRANCIS MADOJEMU
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Politics......
• And that is the work of man—more
particularly, the work of p...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• While science, medicine, art, poetry,
architecture, chess, space, sports, num...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives,
dominates everything beca...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know
on earth, and all ye ne...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea,
whose deranged Stalinist po...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which,
just months before 9/11, marched its...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Politics is the moat, the
walls, beyond which lie the
barbarians.
• Fail to k...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• The entire 20th century with its mass political
enthusiasms is a lesson in th...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• The Russian Revolution and its imitators
(Chinese, Cuban, Vietnamese, Cambodi...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Of course, the greatest demonstration of
the finality of politics is the Holoc...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• The only power comparably destructive
belongs to God. Or nature. Or, if like
...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• And yet even God cannot match the
cruelty of his creation.
• For every Santor...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• The most considered and
balanced statement of politics’
place in the hierarch...
• I must study politics and war that my sons
may have liberty to study mathematics
and philosophy. My sons ought to study
...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Adams saw clearly that politics is the
indispensable foundation for things
el...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• And yet the glories yielded by such a
successful politics lie outside itself....
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Note Adams’ double reference to
architecture:
• The second generation must st...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• The most optimistic implication of Adams’
dictum is that once the first genera...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Jefferson was even less sanguine
about the durability of liberty.
• He wrote ...
THINGS THAT MATTER:
BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
• Indeed, the lesson of our history is that the
task of merely maintaining stro...
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-6
• Therefore I exhort first of all that
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks be made ...
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-6
• 4 who desires all men to be
saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth. 5 For
there is one God and ...
DANIEL 5:21(B)
• 21 “… till he knew that
the Most High God rules
in the kingdom of men,
and appoints over it
whomever He c...
PROVERBS 21:1
• The king’s heart is in the
hand of the Lord, Like the
rivers of water; He turns it
wherever He wishes.
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Politics!

why we should participate based on Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. POLITICS!WHY WE MUST PRAY & PARTICIPATE FRANCIS MADOJEMU
  • 2. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Politics...... • And that is the work of man—more particularly, the work of politics, of groups of men organized to gain and exercise power.
  • 3. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. • In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.
  • 4. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything —high and low and, most especially, high—lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. • This is not ancient history. • This is Germany 1933
  • 5. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know,” every schoolchild is fe.....Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: • Politics—because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither.
  • 6. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material. • We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of five millennia of Chinese culture.
  • 7. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they—like kite flying and music and other things lovely—disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism
  • 8. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. • Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns.
  • 9. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • The entire 20th century with its mass political enthusiasms is a lesson in the supreme power of politics to produce ever-expanding circles of ruin. World War I not only killed more people than any previous war. • The psychological shock of Europe’s senseless self-inflicted devastation forever changed Western sensibilities, practically overthrowing the classical arts, virtues and modes of thought.
  • 10. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • The Russian Revolution and its imitators (Chinese, Cuban, Vietnamese, Cambodian) tried to atomize society so thoroughly—to war against the mediating structures that stand between individual and the state— that the most basic bonds of family, faith, fellowship and conscience came to near dissolution.
  • 11. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Of course, the greatest demonstration of the finality of politics is the Holocaust, which in less than a decade destroyed a millennium-old civilization, sweeping away not only 6 million souls but the institutions, the culture, the very tongue of the now- vanished world of European Jewry.
  • 12. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • The only power comparably destructive belongs to God. Or nature. Or, if like Jefferson you cannot quite decide, Nature’s God. Santorini was a thriving island civilization in the Mediterranean until, one morning 3,500 years ago, it simply fell into the sea. • An earthquake. A volcanic eruption. The end
  • 13. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • And yet even God cannot match the cruelty of his creation. • For every Santorini, there are a hundred massacres of innocents. And that is the work of man— more particularly, the work of politics, of groups of men organized to gain and exercise power.
  • 14. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • The most considered and balanced statement of politics’ place in the hierarchy of human disciplines came, naturally, from an American. “I must study politics and war,” wrote John Adams,
  • 15. • I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. • John Adams • US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)
  • 16. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Adams saw clearly that politics is the indispensable foundation for things elegant and beautiful. First and above all else, you must secure life, liberty and the right to pursue your own happiness. • That’s politics done right, hard- earned, often by war
  • 17. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • And yet the glories yielded by such a successful politics lie outside itself. Its deepest purpose is to create the conditions for the cultivation of the finer things, beginning with philosophy and science, and ascending to the ever more delicate and refined arts.
  • 18. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Note Adams’ double reference to architecture: • The second generation must study naval architecture—a hybrid discipline of war, commerce and science—before the third can freely and securely study architecture for its own sake
  • 19. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • The most optimistic implication of Adams’ dictum is that once the first generation gets the political essentials right, they remain intact to nurture the future. • Yet he himself once said that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
  • 20. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Jefferson was even less sanguine about the durability of liberty. • He wrote that a constitutional revolution might be needed every 20 years.
  • 21. THINGS THAT MATTER: BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER • Indeed, the lesson of our history is that the task of merely maintaining strong and sturdy the structures of a constitutional order is unending, the continuing and ceaseless work of every generation.
  • 22. 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-6 • Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
  • 23. 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-6 • 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
  • 24. DANIEL 5:21(B) • 21 “… till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses
  • 25. PROVERBS 21:1 • The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

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