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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Of Politic and Love

Updated on April 22, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Politics and Governing

Yahoo! We are talking politics and love in the same sentence. That is just great. I love politics. It is frequently the spice of life. It gives rise to countless opportunities of love. Go check it out. Politics are the interactions for the governance of an area. So check this out. I have a house and yard actually quite a nice area. And politic is likewise; prudent, judicious and sensible. Amazing that we see these words and we see red. Blood boils and a hate or an apathy arises within us. What fertile landscape that is to love.

So many folks look for peace, harmony and good friends for love. How easy is that? But our buddy Jesus got in and up in our mankind faces and told us loving those you love you is just too easy. You have got to step up and love your enemy. So sorry to say it but “I ain’t got no enemies”. Yes I stand for things other people do not like. Boy you should know how many Christians really do think I am the devil because of my beliefs. And load up the bus with atheists who think I should be lynched for my woo woo thinking and feeling.

But they run into a problem in the area of my governance. I don’t hate back. I cannot declare them the enemy of my state, or state of mind or state of love. Oh I used to in spades, but not now. Mellowed with age might apply.

Check out this definition of politics “the academic study of government and the state”. So like faith, we do the love thing and we do the study deal. Politics is really not what you see that is reported in the news. And politics is not arguing in the kitchen or online. Neither of those have anything to do with actual politics. Perhaps and only perhaps voting is a part of politics in a democracy. But like most democracies they are representative democracies. So really the vote is just a means of picking who will govern not governing per se. The area of the kitchen table in my area is a direct democracy. Yes sometimes I would like it to be a dictatorship with me as the dictator ;-)

So we have a stage set up where love can be practiced with our political enemies from home to nation. And a stage set up about governing our own area. Let us check this out.

Perhaps There Can Be No Benevolent Democracy Without Love

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Departmental Home Governance

All governance should be with the consent of the governed. My wife and I seldom compromise. One of our opinions or directives wins the battle. And usually when this is so, the loser gets a bonus somewhere in the future. “OK we will do it your way but….”. Funny but doesn’t that sound like congress.

Take the Roman Catholic church organization. They have the president (Pope) the Cardinals and the Bishops. (congress and senate) Do not even try to tell me that the “religion” part of it is not politics. Faith maybe different but not completely. The Episcopals have similar structures and all that politicking results in Canons like the Catholics. I was a canonical counselor for a bit. Just advisor not advocate. I had to know the laws of that “religion”. I have to say that a lot of the large two volume set was more about control than love. Folks there can hire a canonical lawyer to represent them in order to get things like an annulment of marriage.

Now if you do the politics of love then rules and laws do not apply. Structure is not needed. Yes a case of libertarianism and anarchy then exists. But if you follow a rule that is not really of man you do just fine. A simple golden rule. Do onto others as you would have them do unto you, in love. For some reason folks do not think of governance in that light. I do not wonder why. It is because things are just not done that way. Our egos and power and greed get in the way. My self-interest trumps your self-interest or vice versa.

Funny but sometimes at my kitchen table all the above occur to some degree. Or is that sad? Maybe I will get back to that sometime. In my area of governance, without dictate or law, funds are set aside and spent on things like education, entry ways (sidewalks) and roadways (drive way). Agriculture (garden and lawn and trees) are handled by my department whereas (acquisitions) are handled by a department my wife oversees and is responsible for. To put it mildly she hates gardening and I hate shopping save for food. Let me read nutrition and contents labels and I am happy for hours. Let her find deals and go to malls. However consultation may be welcome. The boy is the swing vote if an impasse is reached.

Probably Some Good Advice

Love Is More Natural Than Anything Else

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Choice?

I had to do some lobbying this morning. I got my hiking trip to the Grand approved by the accounting and budget department. But it cost me. No not expressed but implied. It will probably require the agricultural department to weed around the garden of roses. Now that department knows that a reasonable amount of weeds actually give a better eating ground for aphids than the roses. So they are beneficial. But the home value and esthetics agency will now dictate that tit for tat.

But it makes no sense. It is not politic! Wrong, it is politics within our area. To get something you have to at least consider giving something in return.

So how does this thing called love work its way into our area governance? For some reason I do not think a national politician ever publicly rebukes another in love. Rage or PR seems a far more likely cause for grandstanding.

Here is a concept that a friend gave me. A defect in the small, creates a far larger problem in evolutionary large governance. So true. Too many families engage in the non-politics they see in the news or the societal “norms” they see in cable “sitcoms”. One subculture thinks it is funny to have the large wife degrade the skinny husband for laughs. Under my area of governance that program is X rated.

So that defect in the small home governance finds its way into the larger culture and often even into national governance. It is as though racial lines make for in race hate speech. And for some reason certain subcultures are given license to use hate speech against another culture.

Under our governance we have we have three distinct races. We rely on it to have productive cross custom diversity and dignity. But that is because we govern in love. Perhaps that loving “defect” in our governance can work its way to our national governance.

Wouldn’t it seem that in a democratic representative governance that would happen if the governed created it as the norm and most popular. If you are doing it in your area of governance perhaps it will cause a loving synergistic effect. My four children go out into the world. That is four governances that are guided by love. That is exponential. Do you spend time in your home reading, talking, doing art and getting into the spiritual or do you turn on the news in the morning and evening? Garbage in and garbage out. Love in and love out. Is what you fill your vessel with John screwing with others, hurting others and attacking each other?

It is truly your choice what kind of politics you practice.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So true Liz. Most regrettably we often fall withing the two categories: Power of Love or Love of Power. And sometimes it is only perception but it does seem that one bad apple spoils the whole basket.

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      Liz Westwood 4 weeks ago from UK

      Unfortunately, the minority of elected officials, who misuse their roles in the UK, spoil the reputation of the honest ones.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora thank you for coming by. I wanted to tell you that I thought about your Carrib Story and Miranda while thinking about this. Clearly there were some family politics involved - but that was all to the good - being handled with love.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Larry I do not begrudge politics in churches. It is what is. I think the structures both physical and governance wise do good. I am awestruck by things such as the Sistine chapel and you should see our Episcopal National Cathedral it is spectacular.

      I know for certain many millions would not give a thought about their spiritualism if not for church services. We should take what we can get.

      I am exhausted after writing these sermons. Like you I really have to stretch the old noggin to grapple with them.

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for being you. Your unique slants make us wiser by challenging us to think differently and consider options for possible conclusions.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Liz. I could not pinpoint a time when the notion of "public servant" was dropped. At least in my neighborhood it still reigns.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank it is fun to take a "hate word" ;-) and apply it in its positive light. The usurpation of our language bothers me. But admittedly if you say "politics" to me I often cringe.

      I am glad it hit a spot with you.. And thank you for always supporting me.

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      Larry W Fish 4 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Your sermons always make me think past what I think my brain is able to do.I do not have any true enemies either. I have people that I dislike and I am sure there is people that dislike me too. I have never thought of politics in religion, but you are so right about the Catholic Church. I just never looked at it that way before.

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      Liz Westwood 4 weeks ago from UK

      We could do with some politicians in the UK reading some of your sermons!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 weeks ago from Shelton

      I didn't think I could take the sermon topic this week with the combination of politics and Love in the same breath let alone the same title.. but yeah you pulled it off.. I think I had to just get off my high horse and enjoy the sermons I love so much.. bravo my friend...

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. For some reason when I was writing this it hit me. There are really a lot of us practicing this love. What makes me a little sad is that we cannot brag about it. I think we should in order to make people realize that that is more the norm.

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      Linda Lum 4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Politics and love in the same sentence? Eric, I would have thought that was akin to trying to mix oil and water, but you pulled it off. I think if we (and our elected officials) checked our egos at the door before going in, it might actually work. It's the me-ism that gets in the way. Another great one sir. A good start to the week.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh Bill yes you do do politics. For sure not national and probably not state. But being the boss man of your market makes you a politician. If not you will lose your permit.

      And for some reason I think you govern your animals.

      Having some fun this morning. Thanks for adding to it.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nikki, thank you much for such smiling words. Yes you write with a smile in your verse. Do not know how that works. But I am grateful to have you to show me.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't do politics...I do do love!

      I get it....just being a bit silly this morning...sunshine and seventies...how about the politics of loving life?

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita we are a funny species aren't we. I used to get all upset over our usurpation of words to mean something negative always. I lived for a bit in a fairly small town that is behind the times in certain ways. When I returned to So. Cal. I heard adults and children use the word "sucks". That was taboo to me. So I guess sometimes words go the other way.

      We have a huge extended Vietnamese family here. I believe that is An. But about 4.5 years ago so I am not sure.

      Long live family politics!

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      Nikki Khan 4 weeks ago from London

      Aww love and politics, what a match!

      You’ve explained it perfectly Eric, loved the picture of little ones.

      You’ve proved once more that you’re brilliant in explaining difficult things like politics is.

      Bless you!

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much John. I was surprised that the concept works. I guess we just don't look at it that way very often. I have an admission. I really enjoy checking out something I hear and going and finding the core document regarding politics. They are fascinating. And most of them are really not all that mean and nasty.

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      manatita44 4 weeks ago from london

      Another brilliant piece with some spice, reflection and passion thrown into the pot. You have some elections soon, no?

      So much of our every day stuff are meaningful, purposeful ... but they take an energy of their own, separate from the dictionary. So 'fear' can mean reverential awe, but it is a negative grip for many, as is religion and politics.

      Yes, seen from a higher more profound standpoint, we need them all and they are God or Love's tools. To sit on the fence for me is never cool. Glad that you are doing your bit. Praise Be!!

      Hey! Cute girl with your son. I think you have mentioned her before, no?

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      How can politics and love mix? They sound like totally foreign concepts to each other. But, Eric you explained it perfectly. Another home run winner.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris this aspect is so cool. In a world where so much of us feel we have no control. We can look within and around and control ourselves for the better. We are lucky and blessed.

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      Chris Mills 4 weeks ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      That is the most reasonable and the most common-sense approach to politics I have come across, which means it will never fly in Washington, D.C. But it has a chance on FB and HP. Where the common man is in control, there is an opportunity to act and interact in love. Thanks, Eric. You've done it again.

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