Proverbs 18:17 is a verse that every apologist ought to know by heart, because it describes a phenomenon that often occurs in apologetics. Here is how it goes:
“He who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.”
It’s another way of saying that first impressions aren’t always accurate. There can be more to a situation.
This principle also applies in other areas, like politics.
Take the current situation in Honduras, for example. The Miami Herald has a very interesting piece on the subject.
The greatest tourist attraction in Central America has always been politics. Diplomats stop by every few years, take a couple of snapshots of what’s going on at the presidential palace, and then profoundly declare their opinions, devoid of context or history. This week’s favorite diplotourism destination is Honduras, where the army Sunday arrested President Manuel Zelaya and booted him across the border to Costa Rica. In the Polaroid analysis, it’s pretty clear what happened: ‘‘A return to barbarism in our hemisphere,’’ as Argentina’s president Cristina Fernández put it.
She had plenty of company. ‘‘The action taken against Honduran President Mel Zelaya violates the precepts of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and thus should be condemned by all,’’ said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ``We call on all parties in Honduras to respect the constitutional order and the rule of law.’’
The OAS Permanent Council voted ‘‘to condemn vehemently the coup d’etat staged this morning against the constitutionally established government of Honduras.’’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded ``the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country and full respect for human rights.’’
Here’s a question for all these new-found defenders of Honduran democracy: Where were you last week?