It has been a long time since the last blog post.  Thank you to one encouraging reader who said, “Are you still posting on your blog? I keep checking the website to see if a new one is up.” I’ve been so busy recently moving up into a leadership job at the hospital that I work at. Secondly, I feel an overwhelming sense of the need for perfection when writing.  At times, I feel paralyzed at writing the wrong thing or typing something that I won’t want on the internet FOREVER…

But I truly believe that we cannot be afraid of failure.  Failure is the beginning of new growth.  Failure is an opportunity for improvement. As Michael Jordan said, “”I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.” Is he not considered one of the best of all-time at basketball? Failure allows us to see our needs in Christ.

Recently, I was in Chicago and had the opportunity to watch the Broadway show “Hamilton.” I think I had been spending more time thinking about how special our country is prior to going to the show but the forethought that the founding fathers had to keep the Union together is overwhelming and inspiring.  Can you imagine 13 “united” states trying to decide on a “Constitution” or agreement of how they would govern themselves together?  As Hamilton states in the first Federalist Paper, “The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”

Can men govern themselves? Can they reflect on the important questions and choose how their government would look rather than being pushed around by the forces around them?  After Jacob wrestled with God, God gave him the name Israel (Genesis 32:28). Israel means “God governed.” The people were under God’s government until they demanded their own government and chose King Saul.  It was downhill with Saul as the “people’s choice.” I’d argue that we’re in the same situation now.  If it were not for God holding this Union together, we’d have destroyed it already.

What amazes me so much about the founders is how they knew how bad men were.  Or at least they knew even good men could go bad.  Hamilton, in the first federalist paper, also says this, “So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society.” I truly believe that there are good men on both sides of the spectrum that are truly misguided.  And in the age of Twitter, the information just whizzes by us in such rapid fashion.  How could we possibly fact-check all the information that might “give a false bias to judgement”?  Perhaps some cooler heads might prevail in polarized political debates if we first see that we both want the best for our nation but have different ways of solving the problem.  I believe we frequently assume bad intentions of our neighbors rather than poor plans.  Are their motives really hateful or just misguided?

Finally, in closing his first Federalist paper, Hamilton writes, “I propose, in a series of papers, to discuss the following interesting particulars: THE UTILITY OF THE UNION TO YOUR POLITICAL PROSPERITY, THE INSUFFICIENCY OF THE PRESENT CONFEDERATION TO PRESERVE THAT UNION, THE NECESSITY OF A GOVERNMENT AT LEAST EQUALLY ENERGETIC WITH THE ONE PROPOSED, TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THIS OBJECT THE CONFORMITY OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION TO THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT, ITS ANALOGY TO YOUR OWN STATE CONSTITUTION and lastly, THE ADDITIONAL SECURITY WHICH ITS ADOPTION WILL AFFORD TO THE PRESERVATION OF THAT SPECIES OF GOVERNMENT, TO LIBERTY, AND TO PROPERTY.”

The pace of Hamilton and the Federalist papers was furious with 51 essays in not even a year. For me, perhaps the paralysis of trying to attain perfection will pass and the passion for posting will return. Perhaps, we’ll call it writing by faith about faith.  One other interesting observation from the Broadway play, Hamilton, was the reflection of Aaron Burr and his legacy.  (He did so much and basically, he is remembered only for shooting Hamilton.)  May God help us press on by faith to have a legacy of faith.

Therefore, I propose that I continue writing to show you the utility of union with Christ to your eternal prosperity, the insufficiency of the present confederation with the world to preserve yourself, the necessity of a relationship with Christ to the attainment of Life proposed in the Bible to true principles of God, its contrast to your own state of confusion, and lastly, the eternal security which your adoption as son will be to your preservation of liberty and prosperity under God. (Eph 2:8-9, Rom 3:23-28, Rom 8:31-39, Heb 7:25, Rom 5:10-11)

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