Since I wrote this piece, the trends I observed have shown no signs of diminishing. The erasure of sex and gender roles and definitions has greatly accelerated, and the self-medication of American society has devolved into a full-blown opioid and heroin health crisis. Consumerism, information overload and entertainment as distraction continue apace.
In his book, "Fate of Empires", Sir John Bagot Glubb posited that most empires last about 250 years, and he calls the last stage before the end "The Age of Decadence". His descriptions of that stage are eerily reflective of modern day America, and by his timeline, we have about a decade left.
All of this can be argued, of course, but whatever the current state of affairs or the outcome, I can honestly echo the mindset of the apostle Paul, who said, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation" (Philippians 4:12).
My oldest daughter, who is blessed with extraordinary intelligence, inquisitiveness, and awareness but suffers for it because the condition of the world brings her to a near-constant state of depression and anxiety, paid me the greatest compliment yesterday.
When trying to divine the mystery of why I never seem to be bothered by current events, personal slights perceived or real, or the vitriol that permeates modern discourse, she said to me, and I'm recalling this from memory, "You say that God is the source of your self-worth, but you really live it." That means God has done an incredible work in me over time, and I'm grateful to Him for where He has brought me.
"I can do all this through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).
"Those of us who strive to follow the whole counsel of God are left to wonder if we are alone in trying to honor our common heritage as image-bearers of God, all of whom are worthy, yet all of whom have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. All I know with absolute certainty is that God’s thoughts and ways are not ours, and I want to think, feel and act as He does, as much as I am able." ~ Ron Miller
I doubt my post will satisfy everyone as the definitive word on racial reconciliation. To those who are offended by anything I've written, please know that I am doing my best to follow the Word of God, and if I've said something that would grieve Him, then I beg His forgiveness and yours.
This is a long piece, so grab a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of lemonade or water, and read on!
"We are taught not that we are connected and accountable to one another, but that we are individuals free from limits, and we have the license to act on our feelings and desires, regardless of others. We have substituted the 'we' of most religious instruction with the 'me' of individualism, and who's to say that my feelings or how I act upon them must be subordinated to a standard other than my own? Why should I be concerned about how my words and actions affect others when all that matters is how I feel?
"There are 7.4 billion people in the world; imagine what the world would be like if every one of them did whatever made them feel good, regardless of its impact on other people?" ~ Ron Miller
Let's see if we can cut through the politics to learn more about the people behind the Trump phenomenon. Maybe we will rediscover our common humanity in the process. It's worth a shot.
- Liberty UniversityAssociate Dean and Assistant Professor of Government, 2011 - present
- Regular Folks UnitedPresident, 2009 - 2011
- Frederick Douglass Foundation of MarylandPresident, 2011 - 2011
- 5M Consulting Services, LLCPresident, 2007 - 2011
Ron Miller of Lynchburg, Virginia is an associate dean and assistant professor of government at Liberty University, commentator and author of SELLOUT: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch. The nine-year plus veteran of the U.S. Air Force and married father of three has written columns for numerous online sites and print publications.
Ron has been a contributor to a variety of radio, television and print outlets, to include Fox and Friends, The 700 Club, Jansing and Co., C-SPAN2’s Book TV, CBN News, America’s Morning News, the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and more, and is an accomplished speaker who gives presentations at events around the country.
Ron served in the federal government from 2001 to 2004 as a senior executive with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was recognized by Federal Computer Week in 2002 and 2003 as one of the “Federal 100″ leaders in government information technology, cited both years for his technology leadership in the homeland security arena. Since 2004, he has held senior management positions with the American Red Cross and in the private sector and ran his own consulting firm.
Prior to joining the federal government, Ron was a senior requirements analyst, project manager, and division manager in the private sector from 1992 to 2001, and served in the U.S. Air Force as an air intelligence officer from 1983 to 1992, attaining the rank of Captain. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mr. Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. He was a Republican candidate for the Maryland Senate in 2006. Mr. Miller has been married for 30 years to the former Annik (ah-NEEK) Aeschbach of Hegenheim, France and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.
- Texas Tech UniversityPolitical Science, 1978 - 1982
- Troy UniversityInternational Relations, 1987 - 1989