Saturday, February 6, 2016

Vision Casting

"In this world of mixed messages, we need a messenger who will deliver the truth with clarity and vision. And we need it now more than ever." 

As we get ever closer to the heat of this election season, an old thought has crossed my mind. Visioning. Visioning and vision casting. Who of all the candidates can cast a vision that most of us can share? A vision which is so crisp in clarity, so sound in wisdom, that the vision becomes a beacon which beckons others to follow. Who among us will show that type of vision before November?

A true leader will never tell you that he or she is a leader. That trait will become self-evident through actions and words. A true leader is never braggadocios, but always humble. In that humility, a leader will lay bare wisdom which is unique among peers. And that wisdom, that God given gift of discernment and knowledge, allow the leader to cast the correct vision. The correct vision to move the country, the state, or the locality forward.

Now I am not naive. I know we are not going to find a leader like Moses. Or even another modern day leader like Ronald Reagan. I also know that we are all human. We are humans loaded with frailties and imperfections. I understand that. I accept that. 

The Bible talks about vision. One of the more famous quotes from the Bible comes from Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish." However, that is not all the verse states. It goes on, "But he that keepeth the law, happy is he." In the context of this verse, the law refers to God's law. Today, we could modify that verse for the purpose of our country by saying not only God's law, but also the law of the land. In other words, our Constitution. 

For a leader to cast a vision for all to follow, it must be bathed in the law. Not just God's law, but the vision must also be Constitutional through and through. And not must part of the law, but all of the law. And that can all be done by keeping our government secular, as the Founders wanted. But even with a secular government, they wanted it to be moral. 

I have been asked more than once who I am supporting for President. So far I know who I am not supporting. And that would be Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Truthfully, there is nobody on the Democratic side now or who could enter later who casts a vision that interests me. On the Republican side, I still await a real leader to emerge. And I hope that will be soon. Come November, I really don't want to vote for the "lesser of two evils" like I have in the past.

One more word about this almost magical art of vision casting. One of my favorite quotes about visioning comes from Jonathan Swift - "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others". Bingo. Invisible at first, but once the vision is cast with clarity, the vision is there for all to see. And then for all to follow. 

Maybe tonight in the debate that question will come up. What is your vision for the country? What is your vision and how will you cast it? No name calling tonight. Just facts and truth. Let's show the American people that we are better than what we have shown in the past. We are the party of vision. The right vision. Let's cast it.

1 comment:

  1. Who, Larry, is the source of your opening quotation {"In this world of mixed messages, we need a messenger who will deliver the truth with clarity and vision. And we need it now more than ever."}? I find no citation.