THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

September 28, 2013

When You Step Over the Line

Filed under: representation,Uncategorized,vetting — danielhite @ 8:26 am
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We’re talking about compromise and conviction vs. preference.


I have no problem (most of the time) when leaders compromise on timing, that is, when you get what. But I do have a problem when leaders compromise on matters of substance; that is the difference between conviction and preference. If I am a politician and I compromise a core principle or stand, then I am showing that the issue is in fact not a conviction but a preference. When I am more concerned about retaining my power and position than standing for truth, then my compromise has moved from being conviction-based  to preference-based. A conviction is a position sincerely held because of conscience and core principle–a position that when violated will wound one to the heart. Preference, on the other hand, is simply a choice among ideas that are not core beliefs. Taking a stand based on conviction is what builds backbone, especially in the face of strong opposition. The only issue I take with the spineless (who take their stands based on preference rather than conviction) is that they should NOT be put in positions of responsible representation, such as a politician.

Representation means much more than just accounting for a certain number of constituents, it also involves representing their values, but perhaps not in the way most people think. In a democracy, one might choose a representative to vote the majority opinion of his constituents, BUT, not so in a republic. A republic is a representative form of government under the rule of law. That means that it is the law and the truth that representatives should reflect and uphold, not the whims of the majority. It is the responsibility of the voter to find representatives of proven character and conviction who will defend liberty, justice, and order, and therefore represent their constituents out of core convictions that the representative must possess. Therefore it is imperative that voters be given the opportunity to vet a candidate on his personal stands, not just on the current issues peculiar to the office he seeks. Finding candidates of character and good reputation is a must. However, there is one other dubious factor involved.

Typically, voters do get the representation they deserve, the candidate that does in fact reflect the values of the voters. When the constituency is void of character and conviction, what our founders called a lack of virtuethen their representatives will follow suit. Virtue will seek out virtue, and a compromise of virtue will do the same. It is imperative that virtue NOT be compromised, because this is the path to the destruction of a culture.

Stepping over the line from conviction to preference is a compromise the American culture cannot afford. We live in a day of compromise and a day when there is a dirth of virtuous leadership and followship. Americans must recover a sense of conviction, which means the recovery of a conscience sensitive to truth and justice.  You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Moreover, a scripture comes to mind that may be of help as we seek to recover these lost virtues. The Law of God is summed up in loving Him and loving others. To develop genuine love we find three ingredients that must be in the recipe:

1 Timothy 1:5 – Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith (NKJV)

A good conscience is necessary to fulfill the law of love. When appointing people for leadership, let us personally strive for and look for those with pure motives, a solid conscience, and a personal and sincere faith…those who will not step over that line.


1 Comment »

  1. Weekend, September 28, 2013
    Good morning to D.F. Hite!
    Thank you for this much needed admonishment.
    By His grace, I seek the Lord, and He grants me the heart:
    1. To get a grip.
    2. To have gumption.
    3. To guard myself against gutlessness.
    Loving Him and loving people gives me the strength to live the Truth.
    Once more, we appreciate your God-given grit to do what’s right!!!
    the Williams Family
    Pontiac, IL

    Comment by the Williams Family — September 28, 2013 @ 9:38 am | Reply

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