At the risk of losing friends and irritating people I must point out that ‘has been/done’ is not cogent proof of ‘will be/do’ for humans or even God. OK calm down and think critically. This sloppy argument is too popular among political hopefuls in Jamaica and the USA and in a popular Christian hymn.
At best all that ‘has been/done’ suggests is the possibility of ‘can be/do’ depending on variables like personal ability/willingness, character and non-militating circumstances.
On the campaign trail, politicians promise almost anything that comes to mind but they do not control the circumstances local or global even on the day of their promises or beyond. Thinking critically, voters must demand evidence that would ground the move of such promises along the spectrum, possible, probable, likely, certain.
The very popular Christian hymn of comfort ‘It is no secret what God can do’ blunders in part as well. The promissory line ‘what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you’ is too strong. The language at best should be He can/may do for you, but not He’ll do, because one is never certain of what God will, in fact do, hence the caveat taught by our Lord in Gethsemane, “nevertheless, not my will but thine be done”. I know this irritates some Christians as nitpicking but such is necessary and helps to temper spiritual hype and the current spiritual malady of ‘decreeing and declaring’ without warrant!
So whether it is the track record of the Jamaican People’s National Party or the Jamaica Labour Party (all mixed bags) or the acclaimed track record of Michael Bloomberg in New York after 9/11, the easily self-trumpeted accomplishments from Joe Biden or even the exaggerated exploits of President Donald Trump, there is nothing certain that follows from their history to ground political hope (confident assurance about the not yet).
If the corona virus becomes the global pandemic feared by some health specialists, this eventuality could shipwreck most of the election promises of leaders in strong as well as struggling economies!
Not to mention the character factor behind political leaders and their utterances. Can/should one assume honest intention to keep promises or presume the likelihood of politicians giving the electorate a 6 for a 9?
I maintain that ‘has been/done’ is not cogent proof of ‘will be/do’, without more, for humans or God.
Rev. Clinton Chisholm is a retired Jamaica Baptist Union Pastor and the author of the recently launched book A Controversial Clergyman: Provocative Newspaper Articles to foster Critical Thinking (available at the Baptist Book store and on Amazon)