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New paradigm – conservatives vs. progressives
Posted By Pat Boone On 03/13/2010 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.
And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
– Jesus in Matthew 24, describing society before the end comes
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
– the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 4, doing the same thing
A very big majority of the American people believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the Living God. They – I should say “we” – believe devoutly that God knows all things, including what the future holds for all of us. And He cares enough to give us definite warning signs about the windup of human history.
When Jesus’ closest disciples asked Him specifically about what would signify the coming end of all things, He gave them the above signs, among many others. Surely I’m not alone in seeing all of these things happening now, and in increasing frequency.
And yes, I’m aware that in these and other well-known passages, Jesus is speaking primarily about spiritual corruption and decadence and immorality. But those things aren’t confined to church circles, among former Bible believers. Corruption and decay are contagious; they spread everywhere, and they create rot wherever they gain entrance – certainly including politics, government, the economy and popular culture.
In fact, I see this contagion creeping like a plague into every area of modern life.
A tidal wave of immorality is sweeping through what we still call “entertainment.” Anybody who watches TV in the evening will find it difficult, if not impossible, to find something that can pass as “family” fare. Almost every show, drama or comedy, is devoted constantly to the sordid, the immoral, the deviant, the violent and, increasingly, the intentionally horrifying. Demons and devils and vampires are “the in thing,” and teenagers are making idols of the young actors who portray them. Same with the movies that we frequent, we honor, we make profitable and export to the rest of the world.
Time-honored guidelines, moral traditions, social taboos – all have just about evaporated, not even considered much anymore. Scandals and revelations and shattered images are so commonplace, in virtually every area of life, that we forget them almost as soon as they occur. Marriage itself, as a compact between a man and a woman, is under incessant attack, and over half of adult women in America aren’t married now anyway!
The biggest teachers’ unions are promoting the tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality, right down into grade school, where our kids shouldn’t even be thinking about anything like that. Why? Because union officials who think like President Obama’s “safe-school czar,” Kevin Jennings, are determined that all the old taboos against sexual aberrance must be erased, and that our children must grow up without any reservations about anything sexual – possibly including pedophilia.
More and more, the old distinctions like Democrat and Republican seem meaningless. It’s harder and harder to tell the two apart in terms of policy, representation of the people, loyalty to their oaths and behavior in Washington. The political platforms are largely determined by reading polls and research about how the people are likely to vote – and not by reasoned moral and constitutional priorities. There are exceptions, of course, and thankfully, there are still men and women who put conscience and morality and right thinking above political expediency, and they’re still trying to make government really responsive to the needs and desires of the people who elected them. But they’re like salmon swimming upstream against the tide of sellouts – whether confused or opportunistic – in both parties.
The new phenomenon, the new paradigm in politics, is no longer the political party. For the most part, it’s the widening gap between conservatives and “progressives.” Conservatives in both parties (and many in no party) are beginning to roar, to become aware of the trends and to demand a return to the U.S. Constitution as our political bible. “Progressives,” as they call themselves – including the president, Secretary of State Clinton, John McCain’s daughter and the majority of liberal Democrats – are clamoring for “social justice,” “redistribution of wealth” and government control of virtually everything, so that all inhabitants, even illegal aliens, have “rights” to education, health care, retirement benefits, vacations, housing, creature comforts and most everything – except individual liberty.
The Constitution, to “progressives,” is viewed the way the Bible is to “liberal” Christians, including the clergy. Both are seen as having served their purpose (to point the way toward a better world) but having outlived their usefulness. Both can be put away now to make room for more “enlightened” ideas and relativistic philosophies. Dating all the way back to Lenin and Marx, ministers and politicians have sought to create “a brave new world,” liberated from the archaic restrictions of the past and ushered into the bright light of moral freedom and humanistic and relative thought – a world changing “with the times” and modern ideas.
As reported by Fred Siegel in the National Review, Herbert Croly’s 1909 book, “The Promise of American Life,” the new scripture of pre–World War I “progressivism,” was still essential reading for 1960s college students, who became our professors and educators. In utter disdain of the Constitution, Croly argued, “To achieve a better future, Americans have to be ‘emancipated’ from their past.”
President Obama, a self-described “progressive,” has described the Constitution as a “flawed document.” And he is currently, in plain view, attempting to circumvent it, to undermine it, to render it irrelevant.
Only aroused and informed and deeply committed conservatives, who still revere the Constitution and the Bible as our only sure guides, can with God’s help forestall the inevitable collapse of all we hold sacred in this life.
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