History often repeats itself. Maybe not with exact precision, but familiar snippets of past historical events emerge from time to time, triggering foggy memories of days gone by. Fads come…go…and come again. Fashion, to a certain extent, functions in the same cyclical manner. (My Dad needs to flick the mothballs off of some of his polyester pants and sport those again.) Even Biblical history repeats itself. Most recently, an occurrence at the Democratic National Convention shared a commonality with an account in the life of Christ. No…no one walked on water; nor did anyone turn water into wine. But a significant percentage of the party delegates played the role of Peter in one of the Apostle’s most heart wrenching moments, the occasion of his denying Christ three times.
One of Christ’s closest confidantes, Peter assured Jesus of his life-long loyalty, even after Jesus warned of a day when his disciples would flee to escape persecution. Peter bragged that he’d fight the enemies of Christ to the bitter end. The night of Jesus’ arrest, Peter drew his sword, striking one of the Lord’s captors, cutting off his ear. After the angry mob whisked Jesus away, Peter cowered in the shadows, following the angry mob at a distance in hopes to gather information about Jesus’ charges and well-being.
While waiting in the courtyard, Peter’s presence garnered unsolicited attention. Others milling about asked Peter if he was one of Jesus’ followers. Peter denied having any relationship to Jesus, and after being asked a third time, he emphatically disavowed any connection between himself and Christ, the third time with an oath. The rooster crowed. Peter retreated into the darkness weeping over disloyalty to his Master.
So, how does the aforementioned Biblical account apply to the Democratic National Convention? Abandoning language from previous gatherings, the DNC presented a platform without the mention of “God” and without the designation of “Jerusalem” as the Capitol of Israel. These head scratching deletions ignited a firestorm. Social media disseminated the news that the Democrats could now be categorized as “Godless.” Within a few hours, a delegate presented a resolution to amend the platform, re-inserting both “God” and “Jerusalem” to the document. Aiming to right the “oversight,” DNC Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa announced the party required a two-thirds vote to amend the party platform. Calling for a voice vote of “ayes” and “nays,” the Party Chair squirmed as the volume of affirmative and negative votes sounded identical. After three separate votes, he unilaterally passed the amendment as the naysayers booed the correction.
Three times he called for a vote, and three times at least half of the delegates chorused contempt for God and Jerusalem. There’s no doubt that Party leaders, including the President, told Mr. Villaraigosa, “No matter the vote, pass the amendment.” At the DNC, a political party chair resorted to cheating to acknowledge God’s Providence, a truly sad commentary on the state of America. Half-of the Democrat delegates unabashedly denounced the platform’s rectification…not once, not twice, but three times.
It’s ironic. As the President and Secretary of State prepare to deliver remarks at a memorial for those lost in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, a military band plays a beautiful rendition of “Nearer My God to Thee.” Days ago, the DNC attempted to boot God from the Party and now Democrat Leaders mourn American losses to the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee?”
America can’t have it both ways.
Let us never forget:
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)
Get that? Blessed! So, what’s it going to be America?