Ryan Denison on Robert Mueller’s Testimony and the Art of Nonpartisanship

Former special counsel Robert Mueller, is sworn in before he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Note from Dr. Denison: While my wife and I are on vacation, our oldest son, Ryan, is writing The Daily Article. Ryan is an MDiv graduate of Truett Seminary currently completing his PhD in Church History. He has written The Daily Article in my absence in the past and was the co-author of our latest publication, How Does God See America? I am honored to share this ministry with him.


Former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III continues to dominate headlines this morning after spending more than five hours answering questions from two committees in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

After watching the entirety of both proceedings, the only conclusion I think we can reach with confidence is that getting to the unbiased truth of what actually occurred (with regards to President Trump, Russia, and a number of individuals investigated by Mueller and his team) is unlikely to happen any time soon.

After all, both the letter from the Justice Department restricting what Mueller was allowed to say, as well as his opening statements before both committees, made clear he would say little concerning particular topics each side wanted to address. The result was a series of questions in which Mueller’s favorite answer was some variation of “I’m not getting into that.”

Representatives on both sides of the aisle showed palpable frustration, which may have been shared by many of their constituents.

Ultimately, whether you want to see President Trump vindicated, impeached, or anywhere in between, it seems unlikely that meaningful progress toward that end will take place as a result of Mueller’s interviews.

DEFINING NONPARTISANSHIP

The Denison Forum is a nonpartisan ministry.

I have heard from enough readers to know that our stance can prove irritating at times. To that end, I want to elaborate on that stance, and why elements of it can help all of us better understand how to engage with the culture around us with regards to politics or any number of divisive issues.

NONPARTISANSHIP DOES NOT MEAN BEING APOLITICAL.

Dr. Denison has frequently stated his belief that God is calling far more Christians into politics than have answered that call, and I believe he is correct. Nonpartisanship means limiting our focus to a discussion of the issues rather than which party to identify with.

Moreover, nonpartisanship means attempting—at all times—to be sure we do not speak of President Trump, for example, in language we would not have used for President Obama under similar circumstances.

Think back to the last political conversation you had with a friend or associate. It may have been as recent as yesterday or even this morning.

  • Was that conversation characterized by honesty and respect or antagonism and divisiveness?
  • How would you react if you heard someone address a member of your family in the same way you spoke of the political figures in your discussion?

As difficult as it may be to believe sometimes, Democrats, Republicans, and members of third parties coexist in God’s family, and he cares as deeply about the manner in which we discuss his children as any good father would.

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