New Jersey Governor Christ Christie, 2011
Photo by Bob Jagendorf
6 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
What is the Bible about? What is Paul writing about in Galatians 6 and many of his other epistles? What was the Garden of Eden all about? True, we’ve heard over and over again about the two trees, but why were they there? It was a choice, was it not? It was a choice with consequences. All throughout the Bible, people have actions and consequences. The Bible is a book about personal responsibility. If you get that wrong, the rest will be wrong.
Leaders have to take personal responsibility. If they do not model it for their subordinates, then how can they expect it from others? That’s why Christians must now learn to take personal responsibility, as we are in training for a much greater responsibility than any human can really imagine.
Today, we saw a politician, if you can believe it, take personal responsibility for an incident where the George Washington Bridge traffic was intentionally choked off in retaliation for a supposed rebuff by the mayor in Fort Lee, NJ.
There apparently are some unanswered questions, but he pretty much covered the most important issues. Not surprisingly, we see that the “Feds investigating Gov. Chris Christie bridge scandal“, as there may have been a federal crime committed in all of this. And, as seems to be the American way, there is a class action lawsuit being started over all of this.
Interestingly, even David Axelrod, former Barack Obama political advisor, sent out a tweet today, saying Christie “lives 2 fight another day”. What is even more interesting, though, is the severe lack of rallying by fellow Republicans. Some of the most guarded comments aren’t by his political opponents but from members of his own party.
Some say it is because Christie is not “conservative enough” in the eyes of the Republican establishment. Some point to the “hug” he gave Obama as proof of this. I suggest this is rather shallow thinking.
Not surprisingly, Christie brands himself as a non-politician. This has been an abused tactic of many in recent decades. It seems that there is an attraction of being from “beyond the beltway”, or being the “political outsider” or any such other synonymous term.
However, with Christie, it really does seem that what you see really is what you get. I don’t think a lot of people, let alone politicians, know how to deal with that. Christie is not politically correct, literally, and people don’t know how to handle that.
Yet, a lot of people talk about “being real”, but what they really mean is that they want to act without any consequences. It doesn’t mean acting with integrity. However, Christie has branded himself as the man who embodies both.
Does he? Well, it appears to be a good beginning, at least.
I saw one news article that asks, “Is an apology enough?” Huh? Excuse me? Let’s look at some items and compare them to some recent misadventures by the present administration:
- Christie took action within 24 hours of news breaking. He did not just mouth words. He waited long enough to gather information, but he did not wait until it started festering. He got out in front and in person, rather than sending out a high ranking aid with some cockamamie story about some video or even not addressing it at all.
- Christie took responsibility. However, he did not just say, “I am responsible,” but he acted. He fired people. How often do you see that in American politics today? Who was fired over “Fast and Furious”? Who was fired over Benghazi? (Who was promoted after Benghazi?) Who was fired over the wonderful HealthCare.gov website? Who was fired … well, I could write that all night, I suppose about the non-leaders we have in office right now.
- He admitted that he was responsible and actually apologized. He did not apologize that everyone else misunderstood him when he said there was nothing behind the traffic problems than a traffic survey. He flat out said he was sorry, “embarrassed and humiliated”.
- He flat out stated he did not know about it and did not authorize it. He left next to no wiggle room. Conceivably, he could later argue about what the definition of the word “is” is, but that goes against the entire vision he has set. Unlike Slick Willy, his reputation was built upon an open and honest (and NJ brash) dialog with the voters. To find out later he is not a man of integrity would be his downfall, and in the face of lawsuits and federal investigations, that is surely going to turn up.
- Not only did he apologize, but he made a point of making an appointment to go and apologize to the target of it all in person. Again, how often do you see that in today’s politics?
That’s why so many politicians in any camp don’t like Christie so much, I believe. He is apparently a real leader, which most of them are not!
He also appears to be a man of integrity.
Those are two good reasons he will probably never be president, unless he changes. It seems to be the norm that to get ahead in today’s politics, you cannot be a person of integrity.
God gave ancient Israel and ancient Judah the leaders they deserved. They continually oppressed the poor, made slaves of each other outside the Law, engaged in idolatry and did what was right in their own eyes. He cursed them with bad leaders for this.
3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
4 Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;
5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.
6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.
“America is not a Christian nation.” How often do you hear that? Yet, if we aren’t, then neither can we depend upon our leaders having the moral map that the Bible outlines. If that is the case, then why should we expect God to bless us as a nation any more than He did ancient Israel and Judah?
“God bless America”? Are those just words these days?