Be wise as serpents. . .

Yesterday, I asked folks to fight racial gerrymandering by engaging with people after studying Pro Publica’s account of how the Democrats fooled California’s “nonpartisan” redistricting commission.

Talking politics with people can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. We might avoid the subject at church, unless somebody brings it up, never let fear stop you from speaking.

Yesterday’s Proverb sees fear as an excuse. “The lazy man says, ‘There’s a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!’” (Prov 23:13 NKJV).

In short, it’s easier to make excuses than it is to step outside of your comfort zone.

That’s really important when you’re holding politicians accountable or maybe exploring the idea of primary challenging your own state legislator.

A new book, called Thirteen Ballots, by Elizabeth Harris, the wife of 2018 Congressman-elect Mark Harris. Before he could be sworn into office, he lost his seat over a “manufactured scandal.”

I’ll soon give a full review, but for now… any Christian thinking or praying about running for office should study this book very carefully.

Back to California’s Cautionary Tale

A key to how the Democrats fooled the “nonpartisan” members of their redistricting commission was to take advantage of their innocence.

Christians are especially vulnerable in this area.

When California voters approved the constitutional amendment for a “nonpartisan” redistricting commission, the plan required some Commissioners to be “ordinary” folks, not normally into politics.

The organizers went through some ginormous public theater to screen for those “ordinary” folks, but it didn’t work.

Too many of them either lied to get appointed or they let liars manipulate them after they were sworn in.

The Christian-minded “regular” folks viewed their fellow commissioners under the rules Jesus taught, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matt 7:12 NIV).

Now, whether somebody’s “into politics” or not, rigging congressional districts is a big deal, so political animals used the innocent nature of some commissioners to their own advantage.

In the end, despite California’s surging Republican Party and flat-lining Democrat party, the Democrats had lied and cheated their way into absolute power.

The plan worked so well, that they’re now trying it in other states and they already succeeded with that trick to conquer Virginia. Yesterday, I showed how they’re now trying it in North Carolina.

Never let fear or even cynicism stop you from speaking to your elected lawmakers, especially when it’s about the foolishness of those so-called “nonpartisan” redistricting commissions.

Today’s podcast also addressed a Proverbs that warns us to “put a knife to our throats” if we find ourselves “given to appetite” (Prov 23:1-2 NKJV).

Click image to see video podcast.

Whenever you lobby your lawmakers, be on guard for this tendency.

Just because a lawmaker gives you some time to listen or a cup of coffee or even buys you lunch, don’t get sucked into the web of deception.

A key quote from Jesus is critical to Christians in politics at any level. Whether you’re a party Chair, a Precinct Vice-Chair or just a “regular” person, petitioning your lawmakers, this rule applies:

“Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matt 10:16 ESV)