Once the euphoria dies down we will have to face the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Decision.
The task of the Statesman is to assess the long-term effects and impacts of each decision that comes before him; where will the rails of this train-of-logic, if carried to the final stop, leave those who come after us?
A policy that brings a measure of relief or success for one year or five, but leads to grave pain and suffering in twenty or thirty should be avoided at all costs. True Statecraft—as with good parenting—looks to the horizon to ensure what is done today will serve many future generations well.
America’s founders took this task with utmost seriousness, and they served many generations well. They also identified many of the vulnerabilities to what they had crafted, and it’s almost as if today’s leaders read those warnings as a playbook to be followed, rather than actions to be avoided at all costs.
As this blog reminds us, Francis Schaeffer was a statesman of the Christian world. He recognized that ideas have consequences, and knew that undermining the foundation leads a building to ultimate collapse. The fall may not occur for ten years… or even within twenty… but as long as bad philosophies are not rejected, the tragedy is guaranteed. Back in 1982, Schaeffer declared:
“…our Supreme Court now functions… thoroughly upon the fact of arbitrary law. They have no basis for law that is fixed, therefore, like the young person who decides to live hedonistically upon their own chosen arbitrary values, society is now doing the same thing legally. Certain few people come together and decide what they arbitrarily believe is for the good of society at the given moment, and that becomes law.”
Some reacted to concerns about the Supreme Court’s legislation on same-sex relationships with scoffing—the sun came up the next day, so all must be right with the world. Such is the short-sighted vision of this age. Yes, the sun arose because God’s mercy is beyond measure, but that does not mean all is well. The train wreck is coming, because our leaders (and much of the citizenry) have firmly placed us on the wrong track.
The problem is not what happens tomorrow. The problem is what is coming over the next ten years and more. Whether we’re focused on the unsustainability of fiat currency, Central Bank fraud, and Obamacare in economics, or so-called same-sex marriage, enslaving welfare programs, or abortion in the realm of social policies, the foolish and short-sighted actions of the present will exact an ever-increasing and unspeakable measure of pain until they are abandoned.
People who think deeply and see at a distance are often mocked by those who live for the moment. In the end, however, it is the short-sighted who will find themselves blindsided by a host of unintended consequences, and endure the most painful outcomes.