The trouble with me is I just can’t stop being me.
What brings this tautology to mind is a comment made by a woman at a recent County Council meeting.
During public testimony, she criticized me for basing my decisions regarding legislation on my religious worldview. This gave me pause because, for the life of me, I can’t imagine what else I would base my decisions on.
I don’t know how I could make a judgement on anything without calling into play my belief system – my worldview.
You see, this is inescapable. We all have a worldview and we act in accordance with that worldview. To act otherwise than our beliefs is to betray that what we may claim to be our beliefs are not, in fact, our beliefs.
This woman has concluded that my beliefs are not harmonious with her own and she regrets that I represent her. Fair enough. The ballot box is available to her as a remedy.
But to assert that someone can’t act on that which they believe is to assert that they can stop being themselves. This is irrational – and impossible.
This is why the most important thing to know about a candidate for office is his worldview – what he believes.
For my part, I believe, like the Founders of our country, that there is an Almighty God who is the Author of our rights and the Ultimate Judge of the Universe, and that the purpose of government is to protect those God-given rights.
But hey, that’s just me being me.