Statesmanship and A Shining City
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A SHINING CITY ON A HILL is a vision of God's will for Good, Just, and Righteous government done in Wisdom, and it is not a Liberal or utopian ideal for government attempting to a leftist Social Justice, but rather it is a practical, moral vision based on common sense and “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” of Thomas Jefferson and the American founders and as seen in the Judeo-Christian worldview. A SHINING CITY ON A HILL is best summed up as “One nation, under God, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.”

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Understanding Statesmanship and A Shining City on a Hill

A Shining City on a Hill is "one nation, under God, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all," and it is based on the moral "Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God," and it is the duty or moral responsibility of all Christians in a free society to work to make one’s nation A Shining City on a Hill by implementing Just laws for the Common Good of everyone and not implementing bad laws that merely benefit special interest groups. When one does good and desirable laws, rules, and regulations for the good of the nation as a whole, that is called statesmanship. When one does not do Just laws for the good of the nation as a whole, that is called being a mere politician.  There are plenty of politicians around these days, but true statesmen can be hard to find at this hour.

When and if we demand of our political leaders that they as a general rule serve as statesmen, we will can and will solve most social political problems fairly easily one must think but probably not before then. Only true statesmen can create a nation and government that is truly A Shining City on a Hill and when that reality comes to pass we will have good, desirable and Just laws that create and foster a free and harmonious interaction of all the parts of the body politic for the prosperity and human fulfillment of all the individual members of the whole Commonwealth.

It is in fact a sin to vote for someone who seeks mere interest group advantage at the expense of the larger good of the society, unless that person is the lesser of two evils. Otherwise one has a moral duty before God to vote for candidates that seek to do “one nation, under God, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.”  These Shining City on a Hill concepts for good government have been lost in our time in the churches and in larger society, but restoring these ideas and understandings could in fact restore our republic politically in one election cycle.