Letter to the Editor: Pride and Reality
My friend, Jack Batson, never fails to deliver thought-provoking columns. Although I often disagree, he rarely lacks at least a bit of logic and truth in his presentations.
Yes, pride or haughtiness of an individual is loathsome as also stated in the Holy Scriptures. But could there be justifiable value for a country to counter an evil bravado of a competing and menacing empire? There can be a real “reality” with the help of some “pride” if a morally just nation has Jutzpah and is resolved to protect a lesser nation by an almighty mission supported by an almighty God.
Protecting a nation’s sanity and fostering freedom and religious freedom has undeniable merit, the absence of which historically always results in intolerable abuses against citizens. We have a “mandate from heaven”.
Conversely, Batson seems to suggest acquiescing to China’s threats to Taiwan and Putin’s threats to Ukraine. If so, I strongly disagree. Taiwan is a real locomotive of industry as well as freedom (I have traveled this country twice). It also has a moderately well-preserved Christian heritage, notably favored in the past by Chiang Kai-shek. As a people/nation, we must defend and protect our allies from barbaric hands and aggression from totalitarians like Russia and China.
And what freedom is more important and pervasive than religious freedom? The question of Ukraine and Taiwan is quite similar. Both peoples risk losing their freedom and independence from the despots. Taiwan and Ukraine will win through their military “hubris” and the determination of responsible allies. Dictators will not risk their pride with losing aggression, but will watch carefully for any “leak in the dam” of righteous resolve from competitors.
The stakes for ethical people and believers are “high and mighty.”
The past culture of contributions from Russia and China is indisputable, but let’s not blind ourselves to the existential threat of global domination and the loss of freedom in all its forms. The scenario of Taiwan as a “state” independent of China is far too ideological and would favor a much easier and faster takeover of China than that of Hong Kong. God says (1 John 4:4) that we can overcome “because greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.”
Although a country may be imperfect, this promise can also apply if there is a specific just resolution at the national level.
Bill Coburn, MD