Mark O. Hatfield 1922-2011
Two men of different centuries, of different countries but one in calling and evangelical faith in the Living God.
'Statesman', 'Man of Honor', 'Man of conviction', are not common phrases these days in speaking of men in the political arena. Yet these two men, aside from their professions had another thing in common, that of standing against the popular opinion on issues that mattered.
Both sought the common good of common man from a spiritual perspective.Both suffered the pain and wounding of 'the slings and arrows' of those who stood opposed.
While I am in no way a political creature, I am drawn to accounts of those lives lived with integrity and Christian authenticity.
You, Dear Reader, can seek for yourself concerning the record of these two lives.
I only want to place two quotations from Senator Hatfield before you, quotations that for me sum up the life of this one now gone from our scene.
"If Christians in political life cannot be witnesses in [the] most basic manifestations of the living Word on a day-to-day basis, then the whole concept of public service is a mockery...it is a deep desire of my heart to be a reflection in the flesh of the living Christ...."
Hatfield compared his Pro-Life stand to Wilberforce's stand on slavery.
"I am persuaded that the parallel issue in the twentieth century to slavery in the nineteenth is this very cluster of issues that flows from our present day manifestation of the 'grand malady':selfishness...How is it that we dare commit the sin of the ultimate idolatry of seeking to rob the Creator of His creation...Only focus on self to the exclusion of all others could possibly bring us to this disobedience."
History judges openly the lives of those lived in the open. History is not the final, nor always the correct judge in such matters. But all must stand and give an account of the life lived before The Great Judge of Heaven.
There is no doubt in my mind that in the case of both these men He will say "well done, good and faithful servant."
[quotations by Sen. Hatfield from his forward to Real Christianity by William Wilberforce, pub. Multnomah Press, 1982]