Virtue and Accountability (The People)

This is my least favorite principle to write about. But it’s the most important.

Generally, the Tea Party focuses on the integrity of our elected officials, but we also promote personal responsibility—a critical aspect of keeping our republic—which is why I discuss Virtue and Accountability for We the People as well. If we don’t get virtue and accountability right in our own lives, everything else I write about doesn’t matter. Because ultimately our elected leaders are a reflection of us.

The Founders implemented a form of limited government on the presupposition that its caretakers would be moral, religious, and in communion with God. Only by adhering to his Law can we live in a peaceful and productive way that doesn’t require or even allow a governmental monstrosity to grow and rule us instead.

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).

If you examine the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), you’ll find they all center on man’s relationship with God and with others. This is why the Law hangs on (a) loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and (b) loving your neighbor as yourself.

Notice that your relationship with God comes first, though. The story of man is that he is born sinful and must be reconciled to God through his Son, Jesus the Christ. Vertical reconciliation (man to God) is the starting point. Once we are in a right relationship with him and in continual communion, we then move naturally to the second part: horizontal reconciliation (man to man).

This is God’s plan for the world, that we would be in a right relationship with him, and then by extension with our fellow humans. And when we do this, we will live humbly and with kindness toward others, building self-sustaining communities that love and support one another. We will naturally meet the needs of the hungry, the elderly, the widows and orphans—and anyone else in need. We will thrive under a limited government, demanding more from ourselves and from our leaders, never allowing power-hungry politicians to usurp God’s roles to rule us.

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