With Politics (and Life), Action is Truth
New Jersey Governor and GOP Presidential hopeful Chris Christie says “I mean what I say and say what I mean.” He says that, but somehow his actions tell a different story. He praises compromise, but the other side has offered nothing and expects everything.
That is not governing, it’s “going along to get along;” not what Conservatives want to hear, nor the type of person Conservatives choose to elect. It seems to be Mr. Christie’s modus operandi.
We used to call people of his stripe Northeast Moderate Republicans or RINOs, but we’ll just call him unelectable.
Tom Cotton means it. The things he said during his campaign are the things he’s doing. He’s taken several stands that won’t make him popular with other senators, but have made him pretty much a rock star in Arkansas.
Cotton is the kind of man we need in every government position: Tell the public what you believe, where you want to go, and how you’ll get there. Then and most important, do what you said you’d do.
With both Christie and Cotton, their deeds tell us who they are. Action is truth.
1 John 3:18 says “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
Do you suppose that means that action is truth to God? We do. The Bible is full of examples of people who say one thing and do another – know what happens to them? They find out there are consequences to our actions, and when the consequences are God’s they’re usually pretty serious.
There is nothing exceptional about living a life where action is truth. If you tell the truth and act on your beliefs, you are living action is truth, and the vast majority of people used to do just that. Unfortunately we’ve created a political climate where politicians cannot survive by telling the truth, and the cancer of lies spreads into the culture by the example they set.
How many would vote for someone who says “We’ll either have to reduce your entitlements or raise taxes, possibly both”? Very few, that’s how many, yet it’s a possible truth if we want to balance the budget.
Yet we don’t like being lied to, deceived, or misled — even though we may lie, cheat, or mislead every day. What is the solution?
First, we need to put on our big boy and big girl pants and realize there is nothing for free, and if we get something at no cost to us, it cost someone money and probably cost us some of our freedoms. Is that a trade you can live with? I can’t and won’t.
If action is truth, is it right doing anything less? Of course not.
We long for people and situations where “what you see is what you get.” When politicians, CEOs, and just plain old folks spin everything to get an edge or to cover a problem (or to lie to themselves about what they know is true), it’s no wonder that we suffer a truth deficit, and here again…
Action is Truth