The Tower Building Generation

November 18th 2019
Author: Michael Dewar,Sr.

As I watch these impeachment hearings three questions come mind. First, whatever happen to the truth? I mean the naked truth that people swore with upheld hands to tell. About the spring of AD 30, Pilate, the Roman Governor had a popular Rabbi on trial before a hostile crowd. Pilate had already determined the Rabbi’s innocence and wanted to let him go. But the crowd, led by a powerful High Priest with political connections was determined to have the Rabbi executed.

 In the dialogue between Pilate and the Rabbi, Pilate asked, are you a king? The Rabbi responded that his kingdom was not of this world. That he came into this world to testify to the truth, and everyone on the side of truth listens to him. Pilate asked, what is truth? Without waiting for the answer, he walked out and handed the innocent Rabbi to be executed (John 18:33-40).

The irony is, the Rabbi had previously said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to God except through me” (John 14:6). What’s the point? Like Pilate, some public servants will subvert the truth, trash the constitution and sell out the country for financial gain and political expediency.

Second, the impeachment hearings have moved me to ask, is this another Babel generation we are facing? In Genesis (11:1-9), we see a post-flood generation building the first skyscraper, a tower and a city. It was man’s attempt to build his world in defiance of God. God came down and confounded their language, so they abandoned the project.

Have you noticed how we no longer speak the same language as a people? Republicans speak one language, Democrats another; the rich one language, everybody else another. Baby Boomers speak one language, Millennials another. With changing language comes changing values. I am not saying that is all bad; it is good to have different perspectives, if we can treat our opponents as neighbors, not enemies. I am getting at democratic ideals. The same thing that fractures none-democratic nations and have them in turmoil has come home to roost in the U.S. Reason? Perhaps greed, the lust for power and money, plus the abandonment of fundamental values that made us the envy of the world.

It is also ironic that on 9/11 we watched the Towers fall. They fell from above because the first attempt to bring them down from below failed; the foundation was strong. Now, we have a builder of towers at the pinnacle of executive power with an AG arguing for absolute power which only God Himself has. The handwriting is on the wall that there are cracks in the foundation of this democracy and if we are not careful, the whole structure will come tumbling down on all us as the implosion of the Twin Towers.

Third, the impeachment hearings have moved me to ask, have we gone back to bed. We said, 9/11 was a wake-up call. And every major shooting incident since, we say it’s a wake-up call. But I hear no one say the stunning breach of security the impeachment hearings reveal is another wake-up call. Perhaps, we are sleeping so soundly that we haven’t heard a thing. Or, we are safe with a false sense of security, so we went back to bed as we do after every crisis. We were caught with our pants down on 9/11 that we could not even scramble a couple of F-16s flying several times faster than the speed of sound to ward off the hijackers from the Twin Towers or the Pentagon. If a few hijackers can strike at the heart of our economic and military might and have the American President on the run, doesn’t frighten you, what will? If politicians are asleep at the wheel, perhaps we don’t need them after all.

Some of us can take comfort in the fact that we are not just U.S. citizens but citizens of the commonwealth of nations and have a choice of somewhere to run, but where will you run? On the other hand, it might be pure fiction that if the bricks of this democracy come loose there is somewhere to run. Perhaps, we have all come to the water’s edge. Yet, I am hopeful that there are some dedicated public servants that have not succumb the deadly disease of patrician politics. In case you didn’t get it, the Tower that is at risk this time is the entire democracy.

Self-Government

Self-Government

I watched a few minutes of the impeachment hearing yesterday (9/17/19), and what a circus that was. If we can’t hold our leaders accountable, then perhaps, we have lost the ability to govern ourselves; the grand experiment has failed.


In my early years in school, they told me democracy is a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” It is not a theocracy, monarchy, dictatorship, oligarchy which have all been tried and failed. Democracy is perhaps the youngest kid on the block, but this kid might not reach adulthood, because she is fighting with all her siblings and can’t get anything done.

Democracy is perhaps the most difficult form of government, because humans have free will and everyone wants to go his or her own way. May be, that’s why the kingdom of God is not a democracy, because there are those who would think Satan would make a good choice to be God; he gives more freedom.

Speaking of the devil, do you know he is the head of his own kingdom? And it is not a democracy. Nobody elected or appointed Satan to be devil. He is self-appointed. Nobody would choose him to be devil. But if you had the chance to vote for a different devil, who would you choose. We, at least, know the devil we have. There is no telling the one we would get should the universe call for an election.


Theocracy Could Work

The reason theocracy could work–the God who sits on the throne has to own everything, like heaven and earth and everything in between. He is all powerful, all knowing, present everywhere at the same time, and nobody elected or appointed Him. It sounds like the God we already have; as for me there is no need to change.

Why do I think theocracy will work? Read the last three chapters of the last book of the Bible (Revelation 20, 21, 22). Satan is permanently put in prison, God relocates to earth, no more suffering, disease and death, no more wars, no more greed. No more Wall Street or government cheese.

Trust me utopia is near, but it won’t come about with government as we know it today. Until then I challenge you to become an Agent of Peace. Check out my three-volume training course on conflict resolution for churches, seminaries, divinity schools, Bible Colleges and for small group study at: michaeldewar.com

Blind Party Loyalty Vs. What’s Good for the Country

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Blind Party Loyalty Vs. What’s Good for the County

I am not a political person, but now and then I exercise my constitutional right of free speech on significant political issues that affect us all. I am beginning to think that the two-party system is doing untold damage our country. People are so locked into what their party leaders want that they fail to see, think and choose independently for the good of the country. What’s wrong with us?

Now, let’s take the Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing. There is no doubt that Kavanaugh is academically qualified for the position; that’s not the issue. Frankly, academic capability is only one line of qualification. The man is a brilliant scholar. It is not even about drinking excessively during his younger years; many young men and young women are guilty of that and the American people could be very forgiving on that count.

The main problem is how Judge Kavanaugh conducted himself when he testified after Professor Ford. That testimony gave us a window into the true character and temperament of the man. He came across as a lying, angry, arrogant and repulsive man, one that does not possess the judicial temperament for a life-time tenure on the High Court. That testimony forces most of us to go back to the previous senatorial questioning of him where he was not forthcoming on answering questions, but we gave him the benefit of the doubt. Even democratic senators had doubts then but were willing to give him the benefit.

There are other negative issues such as his views on “presidential powers” and his views on certain settled laws that he refused to consider as settled laws. Despite his views in this category he would have been confirmed without any great outcry and protest.

Republican senators are acting like an appointment to the Supreme Court is a divine right and not a privilege extended to the candidate by the American people. While I respect the public service of these men and men and women, I cannot help wondering if these men with law degrees from another century are suffering from a touch of senility that they are failing to see the damage they are doing to our most sacred institutions.

From my perspective, Brett Kavanaugh disqualifies himself from a seat on the high court. That does not destroy his life as he and others want us to believe. He still has a job as a Federal Judge. Since when not getting a job destroys someone’s life. What kind of privileged nonsense is this?