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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “Loving Politics”

Updated on December 8, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

From The Middle of Nowwhere

Around 5 AM from my sleeping bag.
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No Fun Here

Politics are cool. Politics keep us going. Politics are not a bad thing. My goodness, without politics where would we be?

There is so much wrong with politicians it is scary. Most of the time politicians are a no good lot it would seem. However I have never heard of a politician who did it for a salary and benefits. Maybe? Power seems to be the most frequent motivation. And many a politician does that for the public good in their mind. Maybe their mind is different than mine.

I think that there are microscopes and telescopes. Near sighted people and far sighted and people who have both. I basically have both although I am lazy and so use glasses and binoculars a lot. I have never seen an optometrist. That makes no sense, or does it?

Having done some philosophy I have mentally been myopic and I have lost my central vision and my side vision. We suppose that is normal. Creative writers need to go in and out of these nervous system transitions. I am using this not as science but a way of “looking” at life.

Politicians have to watch all matters. Near in time and later in time. Isn’t “seeing” time a concept that we just take for granted as spoken? Yet is nearly it is nonsensical.

My youngest son and I, well, all my children, play a game where I read their minds. I miss the mark sometimes but I am way over 70%. It is about the exact moment. OK, sometimes we all cheat but that is part of the game. But being honest is critical. Cheating ruins the game sort of. But not always as we get a laugh out of it. And that game has no real consequence.

But what about reading the minds of constituents/people in a political sense. Kind of like asking to know your God’s will and not your own. Oh well you can see where I am going now. How about being a politician who actually wants to do the good things for her people instead of self-aggrandizement and personal power. Seriously I have seen it happen.

What would happen if your “politics” were aimed at people across both isles? Well I reckon then that your integrity might be your strength or maybe your downfall. That is a very interesting concept. You be the judge there and not me.

Such a Great Concept

First Walks Down by the Riverside

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Just How I Feel

Tough But Real

Let us now look at the politics of belief and religion. Do you call your God he or she? Do you consider race involved? How do you think your God dresses? Do you engage in “politics” of your place of worship? How about your own home? Sorry to most of you but those are political. This series of years is a bit designed for those who do not participate in the above.

I like to visit places of worship. I was just trying to count those that I have. From Berlin to Melbourne to Oregon I just lost track. Forget about New England to Peru. Heck my wife was Buddhist. I cannot count. If you have never been in a Navajo sweat lodge put it on your list. I sometimes do not see them but am just there. One of my favorite places of worship is in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. My buddy since ’77 read scripture down there. Sedona and at 11,000 feet on the San Francisco Mountains is another, of course our beaches at dawn. Funny but they all require vision of the grand kind.

But yet reading Plato requires the vision of the short kind. Even though it is the timeless kind.

So do we let politics direct our vision? I think for so many it does. That does not really bother me. I have a strange past where I have guided or tracked with probably 200 people. Sometimes every step is important. Put your eye is on the destination. Careful there. Not paying attention to right where you are could have serious consequences. Do not ride a horse thinking about where you are going. Ride the horse in that time. Lest the result could be injurious.

My wife is a born negotiator. Incredible. That is how we met in 2000. The art of negotiation is critical in politics. My son just did politics with me over electronic time. He is good. Twenty sit ups for twenty minutes. Us Dierkers do not do well and we dang sure don’t do easy. We just plain sit around and figure how to kick life’s but. We are doing politic. He is convincing his mom and elder brother of some scheme he has. Bring it on, I will work on his elder sisters and aunts. I have a “war chest”. Something to do with a Nerf battle gun to use against me on the field of battle.

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Just Damn Fine Music

With Love

We do not negotiate with terrorists like my son. We do shock and awe.

Now we are having a blast. But this became real ugly politic wise. He has swayed my eldest daughter and I fear his weapons and ammo will be here by next. Not good as his politics have revealed a sinister side. Oh he has awakened the angry dragons. Fool he is. No ice cream and no candy or even the scent of sweets as I control the purse and refrigerator. I have cut off his supply line.

Now that is as silly as can be. Or is it one of those parable/metaphor deals? We both call upon our God. And we invoke his name. The bullets run out and we go hand to hand in my bed. This is like Civil war combat.

Then back to politics as I have pinned him. Negotiation and attrition. We do not do capitulation here. I have won the war. And what the heck does that mean? The other side has lost the battle and the war.

But have they lost my compassion? I think not ever. For my enemy. That is not the war. A true warrior does not deal in hate. She deploys people where they need to be and commands how they approach the field of battle. One heck of a hard job.

Love is so cool and right on. Sometimes you have to fight the enemy but you never ever have to hate them. Life is so awesome. I have been in a scrape or two but never despised my enemy.

So the war of art and the art of war seem to blend. A wordsmith stands by and does not publish. That is not an artistic warrior. That is just fine. Not all are designed to be warriors. Some just bound to create and not let it be known.

So in the spirit of a sermon let us go there. Do you fight your friend? You must, other wise you call a warrior against you as an enemy. Ridiculous. She is respected. Politics. No chance in the world that makes you hate each other. Get off the field of battle if it does. I would never enlist someone who hated the enemy. Their battle must be technical instead of rage. This is the Art of War.

We must love the art of war rather than hate. The skill of propriety and not anger. Hatred and anger causes casualties’ on both sides.

But this into your own family.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Swalia I like listening more than talking so I learn some crazy stuff. My opinions work just fine for me.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      6 days ago from India

      I avoid conversations centred round politics. People are so rigid in their political beliefs that they often end up in disharmony.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 weeks ago from Washington DC

      The Constitution's "separation of power" includes the electing people first, then the three branches of government without Political Parties; that is the short of it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry buddy Elijah I am not seeing your point.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, look at how the Constitution require elections to be. Article 1.2.1s Election of Representatives since Amendment 17 was ratified also apply to Senators. It states the people of each state elects Selectors who seek their state's Congressman from another state for their first election; that automatically require the citizens of the states to control their legislators; easily done with today's electronics but doesn't allow for Political Parties.

      Look at the first half of Amendment12 where the Citizens of each state is supposed to elect Electors for Presidential and Vice candidates, one or none can b e a citizen of the electing state. Then each state send their winners and losers vote tallies to the president of the Senate for a confirmation. That's done before the Primary election which disallows Political Parties and conventions and seen by the remainder of of the amendment.

      Together, the Checks and Balances for Congress are the people INSTRUCTING Congress HOW GTO VOTE. For Presidents it is the Vices who is to keep him in check along with Congress and SCOTUS overseeing all four, the two houses and two presidents. That is the way of maintaining the checks and balances in government, Bro. Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful politics these days. The legislature is going at the POTUS and so is he in return. Some people do not understand that is what we call separation of powers, specifically designed to work this way. It is working. Thank goodness for the constitution.

      Checks and balances.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I was teaching my boy about politics just last night we just could not stop laughing. I think I was explaining it wrong. He thought Margaret Hatcher and Reagan were just movie stars. Anyhow it was fun reading another paragraph of our constitution. That is the crazy way my house moves.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Your zen and your meditation are working. A man with true vision is so blessed! The wise have no enemies. We fight if we must and let go as we should.

      Politics is an aspect of God's Love and mercy. We need it just as much as we hate it. It is like having a policeman on beat patrol. Some things goes wrong and we hate him, but our subconscious knows that if he was not there, it would be chaos.

      I will vote here in a few days. No need for passion, but yes, some are of this bent. Our Lord himself has designed it so. Peace, Bro.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I am not doing so fine here. My wife has not physical symptoms but they are ordering CT scans and the like. Pretty clearly a situation mental.We will buckle up for the ride. Jesus will guide us together though there will be family politics. We do them and move on.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      It is my personal belief that going to church helps me cope with life. I hold no church above the other as long as they preach God, and his son died on the cross for my sins. We are to love all races. I'm not sure about politicians, only they know. We are not to judge, but it's difficult to believe President Trump. Like always, I enjoyed reading your sermon. Peace my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika if we disagree in love that is all to the good. When I lived on the streets we fought for turf. But we settled and got along. This is key.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sam I like to listen to folks I know about religion and politics. We disagree politely. They usually pay attention to the "news" and fill me in. I am genuinely interested in their notions.Why not? How people feel about things is cool to learn.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, as is my want. I attended a public forum with a congresswoman. Have been for years. Her people let me through. And I went and gave her a big hug and thanked her for service. We do not agree on political issues but we have been friends for years. For my family that is politics.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I do not pay attention to politics not my field of conversations but you do make good points here.

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      Sam Shepards 

      6 weeks ago from Europe

      I would guess the shallowness is a result of social media thumbs up / thumbs down or the old 140 chars twitter message. Nice to read your article though!

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      Sam Shepards 

      6 weeks ago from Europe

      I stopped talking politics, but there is enough of it in the work place and relationships these days. It's an endless agree or disagree with me machine and if you disagree, I'll mark you down for it and otherwise I'll rate you up, a shallow ranking system it is, because often it's not more than soundbites.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda if that is your world. Then I suggest you run away from it. I would. Meaning from politics not your other part. I just do not have that. I have over 300 friends on FB. And we speak politics politely. I am not sure how that happens.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Politics can be used in anything. But being a politician is a total different ballgame. Most people don't associate 'playing politics' as ever a good thing.Sorry Elijah, Judging to me has nothing to do with politics. Politics is more about favorism. And I scratch your back if you can scratch mine.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      "How about being a politician who actually wants to do the good things for her people instead of self-aggrandizement and personal power?" I say we thank God for such a person, and thank her too for deserving the position. What a pleasant thought!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Ok, Eric, but I see you do agree with what I saids to Clive. All is well.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Lord Acton said that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Although some may enter the field with the best of intentions, there are very few that have come out still noble and not self-serving. I prefer to steer clear of political discussions (especially now) because there are so many hot-button issues. There's no middle ground, no compromise, it's "I'm right, you're wrong and I hate you."

      Sigh, call me a wimp, but life's too short to get all wound up over things on which you can never win. You both lose. I'm not a fighter, I'm a hugger.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, we do talk politics. It is one of those things like religion we can argue about. We learned to debate with it. If you threw down your linen napkin and left you lost. I was the odd duck. And it was brutal followed by hugs. You have 6 siblings and the same amount of in-laws it can get down right like a battle. But group hugs and sitting by the fire and telling stories afterwords makes it all cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I get your point. People do not get that Politics are by Webster; the art or science of government and then that government is basically the relation between a governed and a governing word.The relation between a governed and a governing word. (those are straight off the web)

      People do not get that we really are governed by our belief system and not others. Our various beliefs govern how we act.

      So politics is about inner dialogue as much as the outer one.

      It is one of those ideas people just assume that it is a debate with others. Personally I prefer to debate with my Lord.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill it does sound "weird", but I do not really think too unusual. I have sat on boards and councils that were like yours. I would imagine that 80% or more of politics are like that. But I gather that is boring for most.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I don't know how to take this one, Eric, it isn't clear to me.

      To Cleve:

      I have to disagree with your "Sorry,,,,this one is not for me. Politics is tricks played on the masses." What we call religion is also politics. What Genesis 1 man are told is without judgments therefore was "true religion undefiled" and not politics, What Adam was told was "dos and don't" which require judging that requires making judgments. Judging is politicking.

      Because man-end-mass are following Adam that require someone other than our own inner guide to direct us and that causes people to think others should be like them and instructing them ac hives their goal, we have devised the different political systems.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      We have the nicest City Council here in Olympia. They never argue, they are always polite, and they respectfully listen to each other. Weird, huh?

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive some of my intent was to see who actually read the article. You clearly just read the title.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Sorry,,,,this one is not for me. Politics is tricks played on the masses.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I have a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. If I just followed the angel I would have been dead long before my children. If I followed the devil I would have also have died. Not my call.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz I am not that concerned. Your country of much older than mine seem to have about 95% content and doing well. Yes they yell and shout about politics. But that is my point. That works. Roads and schools and better and better environment? The battle is the key.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori I will go off on your comment.

      Now check these politicians out; These were all politicians really; Saduccees, Pharisees, High Priests, Scribes and Pontious Pilot. They were all interested in maintaining their power --- top front seats and all. So because of that they killed Christ. But God had that planned it seems.

      So God uses politicians to commence his will.

      Not for us to answer but to learn from.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I am an odd duck on this. I don't watch TV news. And I basically scan otherwise. I have good buddies who fill me in. I have some radio that actual runs politics live. I don't like pundits much. I have trust that the system works.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I don not like politics and when the family gets together we have fun without talking about politics. I think power and money become a goal for politician once they have been in office for a while. How do they become millionairs otherwise? I'll take love anytime. Have a great week, Eric.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      The family politics I can handle and generally embrace, and I can see how some find actual politics an engaging battle but it generally bores me. There are even some politicians I could almost say I like....but do I trust them? That's something else altogether. If they belong to a party they have to toe the line and their convictions disappear. The only art of war I enjoy is on the sports field. Interesting article though Eric.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      I think in the UK, with a general election due in 3 days, we are all weary of politics.

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      Lori Colbo 

      6 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      First off, I love Phil Keagy. He's amazing.

      As for politics, don't fool yourself about money. I think most politicians start off with good intentions. But power, personal agenda, and greed enter the picture far too often. They call it corruption and it's in every nation on earth. I don't mean that as a blanket statement. I am sure a lot of politicians do care about issues and listen to their constituents.

      I am not clear about what you like about politics. I hate them, however, as a citizen I feel privileged and responsible to do my part. I have no right to complain if I do not vote and reach out and speak out about important issues. I write to my representatives every so often with comments, questions and concerns. I am proud to be an American, we are still the greatest country on earth, but we are so far from being healthy as a nation. I'll stop there. My soapbox is put away now.

      As a Christian, I am told in Scripture to pray for kings and national leaders (whichever applies) and I do, but I do not put my hopes in politics or politicians. They can do good things, but they cannot save the country. Only God can do that. So I spend more time telling others about Jesus than my local, state, and national leaders.

      We live in a country where we have freedom of religion, however, I see that we are in great peril of losing it. Just my thoughts.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      I watch political analysis constantly these days. These are historic days no matter what side of the divide one stands on. People by their nature are political beings. Some are much more skilled at it than others, however.

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