Affirming Your Values
By Michael J. Lewinski 08/26/19
“…[T]he solution to the gun violence plaguing our nation will be found in a willingness to recognize, as did the Founders, that as a people we are dependent upon and accountable to an omniscient God. This observation was made by Tony Perkins. He went on to say, “It is only from such an understanding that morality and public virtue become commonplace, which is essential for freedom.”
The virtues which he was talking about are the virtues by which Ben Franklin lived. They were: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility.
This list of virtues would be more useful if applied to gun violence. Temperance, silence — speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations. Order — let all things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. Resolution — resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. Frugality — make no expense but do good to others or yourself, i.e., waste nothing. Industry — lose no time; always be employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. Sincerity — use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. Justice — wrong no one by causing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty. Moderation — avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve. Cleanliness — tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation. Tranquility — be not disturbed at trifles or accidents common or unavoidable. Chastity — rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation. Humility — imitate Jesus or Socrates.
If all Americans lived by these virtues, we would have a wonderful place to live in where we practiced the Christian value of doing unto to others as you would have others do unto you. These are the values that the Bible teaches.
When you survey the political environment today, these are not the values of the Progressive Democratic Socialists. They are the values promoted by Conservative Republicans. These are the values of President Trump and his administration. When you go to the polls next year, pull the Trump lever to affirm your values.
Michael Lewinski holds a masters degree in special education. He taught special education classes at the junior and senior high school levels in Ohio and Indiana until his retirement in 2010.