Magistrate Letter #4
The delegates to the Southern National Congress continue to pray for your safety. We also pray that you will be given godly wisdom in the employment of your duties.
As happens in nearly every election cycle, the topic of principle versus party arises.
We recognize that through the years, there have been office-seekers who have chosen a political party that would give them an electoral advantage rather than run for election on their own convictions. That is sad and disappointing.
In the foundational political treatise, Vindiciae Contra Tyrranos (A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants) first published in 1579, the author compares the actions of a tyrant against those of a legitimate ruler.
Their differing attitudes toward wisdom and honesty are worth noting. The tyrant "hates and suspects discreet and wise men, and fears no opposition more than virtue because it makes his own vicious courses more obvious. In contrast a legitimate ruler "attracts honest and able men from all places and encourages them by pensions and honours.
We of the Southern National Congress respectfully challenge you to quietly review your motives in every action “ Are you making decisions based upon wisdom and principle or political expediency?
Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne. Proverbs 20:28
Better a poor and wise youth Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more. Ecclesiastes 4:13
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?