Apologetic Pandering? A sign of weakness?

Here we have an Illinois congressman, Mike Quigley of the 5th District, apologizing “on behalf of this country” to the American Islamic College Conference in Chicago.

I’ve grown weary of this and others that remind me of the “blame America first” mentality that was so prevalent in the late 70s that weakened the United States internationally.

It’s like deja vu all over again. If you’re not familiar with it, I high recommend Democrat Jeane Kirkpatrick’s remarks at the Republican National Convention in 1984. An appetizer:

“But then, they always blame America first.

The American people know better.

They know that Ronald Reagan and the United States didn’t cause Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua, or the repression in Poland, or the brutal new offensives in Afghanistan, or the destruction of the Korean airliner, or the new attacks on religious and ethnic groups in the Soviet Union, or the jamming of western broadcasts, or the denial of Jewish emigration, or the brutal imprisonment of Anatoly Shcharansky and Ida Nudel, or the obscene treatment of Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner, or the re-Stalinization of the Soviet Union.

The American people know that it’s dangerous to blame ourselves for terrible problems that we did not cause.

They understand just as the distinguished French writer, Jean Francois Revel, understands the dangers of endless self- criticism and self-denigration.

He wrote: ‘Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.’

With the election of Ronald Reagan, the American people declared to the world that we have the necessary energy and conviction to defend ourselves, and that we have as well a deep commitment to peace.”


About Eric "Gunny" Hartman

Gunny is pastor of Providence Church in Plano, TX, and has taught at Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has completed coursework for a PhD in Rhetoric at University of Texas at Arlington and tries to be a good father to his 4 kiddos, exhibited by coaching a girls soccer team.


3 thoughts on “Apologetic Pandering? A sign of weakness?

  1. I love the blog, bro. Keep it up. If Jesus is Lord then nothing is secular. Peace,

    Posted by Pastor Matt | September 20, 2011, 7:58 am
  2. Thanks for your comment, though I think your label that CRM “has now turned into a right wing, GOP-Tea Party, America-is never-wrong rally blog” is more than a bit of a hasty misnomer.

    Speaking for myself, my faith impacts every aspect of my life and how I view the world in which I live. The nature of a blog lends itself to commentary upon things happening in (one’s) world. We happen to be in a rather active political season at the moment, which would likely explain the increased frequency of that which interacts with the political.

    You may think it’s inappropriate for a Christian to care about or write about such things, but it might take more than an assertion or hypothetical conjecture to convince me of the necessary negative impact.

    If you were to go back into the archives you’d note that there’s predictably increased political commentary during anticipated seasons. Whilst the conservative label certainly applies theologically, it’s also noted in the political arena as well in the “About Us” bit:

    That being said, I hope you’ll endure the occasional political post (skipping over it or even voicing your displeasure) and interact with us as we strive to motivate one another and those for whom we’re responsible unto godliness that Christ might be glorified.

    Posted by Eric "Gunny" Hartman | September 20, 2011, 12:21 am
  3. where is the theology or doctrine being espoused in yours and others apparent politicization of this alleged theological blog? I came here thinking we would be discussing deep conservative theological issues and doctrines, but it has now turned into a right wing, GOP-Tea Party, America-is never-wrong rally blog. Now you know why church and state was, is and should always remain totally separate. When religionists get involved in politics, which Jesus, Paul and the other Apostles never did, the gospel and the great commission get compromised and confused with worldly partisan politics. The world then uses this compromise as proof of our faith’s hypocrisy, double-tongued pronouncements and unspiritual focus. Let’s back to the actual Gospel or please change your blog name to “Unreformed Conservative Politics” and leave our Lord’s Name and His church out of this jingoistic blog site.

    Posted by bereanfields | September 19, 2011, 10:13 pm

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