Wayne Shepherd: For the next several programs here at the Public Square, we are going to ask the question "How did we get here in terms of American Public Policy?" I'm Wayne Shepherd with Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable, and Dave, how did we get here?
David Zanotti: Well let's start with the definition of "here." One of the things that we are hearing both on the Public Square and all over the country, whether we're doing American mission classes in churches and schools, or radio interviews, is people are feeling that America is a long, long way from home. Somehow we have really, truly, lost our way. And people are asking, "How did we get this messed up?" Instinctively, Americans know that there was a better place. And it's not here. We're sort of like the kid that grew up as royalty and somehow through an unusual set of circumstances got banged in the head, left in ditch, and grew up the rest of his life as a pauper, always haunted by the idea that there was something else we were supposed to do or be. That's really where are county is right now, we're pretty lost.
WS: Dave, in your book The Commission you tie this to the Great Commission in the Bible for Christians. How does that connection come about?
DZ: The premise of this book is that the Great Commission may actually be the portal for America to find her way home again.
WS: We don't think in those terms very often, do we?
DZ: No, we really don't. And it really comes from having a deeper understanding of what the actual words of The Great Commission mean, and how the church and generations gone by saw America in a very different light for the way that the church sees America today in their sense of civic and social responsibility.
WS: Well, this is a conversation that needs to continue. And it will tomorrow on the Public Square. In the meantime, you can read a transcript or listen again on APRoundtable.org, again APRoundtable.org. For Dave Zanotti and the American Policy Roundtable, I'm Wayne Shepherd.
How Did We Get Here in Public Policy? - August 24th, 2009