“Politics will never solve man’s basic problem of sin,” writes Mark Rushdoony.
He got that one right, didn’t he?
Look, I’m a political scientist, got the papers to prove it. An all-purpose definition of “politics” is “the authoritative allocation of value.” But our politics seeks an authoritative allocation of blame. “We attack other men, not sin,” Rushdoony says. And some new scapegoat always comes along–or else is chosen arbitrarily by the newest battalion of blame-givers.
We “falsely limit evil to a group” until the next group is chosen: the sin itself is always passed on to whoever’s next in line.
Yeah, I know, I do it, too. We’re always advised to separate the sin from the sinner; but in too many cases that’s like separating the head from the body.