In sermon preparation this past week,
I was rereading parts of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War
(yes, it seems a little strange to me now too!),
and I came across this affirmation:
“Humanity and justice are the principles
on which to govern a state,
but not an army;
opportunism and flexibility, on the other hand,
are military rather than civic virtues.”
These days though, conversations in the public square
and the corporate one and the political one
(conversations in the civic arena),
seem so often driven, precisely, by
opportunism and flexibility.
We know the right thing.
We always have.
We just don’t do it,
and we allow it not to be done.
And it’s humanity and justice that suffer.