Sometimes, it has been a little bit hard for me to tell if the Republican National Convention actually should be named the anti-Democratic National Convention, and I assume that I’m going to have the same difficulty judging whether the Democratic National Convention is really the anti-Republican National Convention.
It is interesting that people from all over the political spectrum can fall into the trap of being more worried about tearing down the opposition than presenting why their own view is better.
Here is my concern.
Let’s say that I had the perfect way to tear down an evil political party (no, I’m not saying Democrats or Republicans are evil; this is just a hypothetical discussion using a hypothetical party that is evil and should be torn down). I could put together an entire convention to rip apart that political party because again I have developed a hypothetically perfect way to do that.
I then have my convention, and everything goes according to plan. The evil party has been thoroughly discredited, and nobody is ever going to consider voting for them ever again. Evil has been defeated. That is something good without a doubt.
A new problem has now arisen though.
I spent all my time providing the “anti-“ position while I never developed my own position. I might have told people why I am opposed to that party, but I never created a “pro-“ platform for my own position.
I haven’t given them anything better to believe in, so they find themselves in limbo. In that state of agnosticism, they might even gravitate towards something worse because they have a void that they are going to fill with something after their previous ideology has been discredited. That something might be good or might be bad if I have not helped show them that which is good.
We see this happen throughout history, and we have seen it happen recently in the Middle East. When you eliminate something evil, that is good, but you need to have a plan for positive steps as well to fill in the vacuum that is going to inevitably develop. If there’s nothing good there to fill in that hole, then all of the “anti-“ work has been for nothing because a different evil will rise. Eliminating Saddam Hussein from power was a good thing, but because a better system was not successfully put in place, ISIS had the opportunity to rise out of the chaos.
You might be wondering why I wrote this post today.
We're going to be talking about abortion and disability for the next two weeks. I very well might make some of you upset with me.
However, I am not going to leave you with only an “anti-“ position. Yes, next week is going to be very critical of abortion, but the week after is going to provide a defense as to why a specifically Christian pro-life position is actually better. It isn’t enough to simply be opposed to something; we need to stand for that which is good.