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The Driving Force Of The Secular Left

 

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Results of the Leftist Agenda

 

Secular progressives are driven by the desire to force their own intellectual vision of what is good for the rest of us on our country by any means.  They do not hesitate to slander the character of those who oppose their agenda.  It is most interesting that their attacks are in the form of vilifications that are more appropriately useful descriptions of their own movement.  For instance, Chris Hedges claims in his book, American Fascists:

“The radical Christian Right calls for exclusion, cruelty and intolerance in the name of God. Its members do not commit evil for evil’s sake. They commit evil to make a better world. To attain this better world, they believe, some must suffer and be silenced and destroyed. The worst suffering in human history has been carried out by those who preach such grand, utopian visions, those who seek to implant by force their narrow, particular version of goodness.” (Chris Hedges, American Fascists, p. 205)

It is a fact that Hedges’ claims are more typical of modern liberal philosophy than they are of modern Christian conservativism.  Liberals seem to always desire to characterize Christianity as one of the negative influences in this world.  If they had been taught history correctly, they would have learned that it is where and when Christianity is absent that the greatest crimes against humanity are carried out.  As Fyodor Dostoevsky said, “Without God and the future life?  How will man be after that?  It means everything is permitted now.”

The Darwinist-atheism of Stalin resulted in the deaths of 20 million people or more to create the soviet communist utopia.  Atheist Chairman Mao was responsible for the deaths of some 70 million Chinese for his utopian People’s Republic.  Anti-Jewish and anti-Christian followers of Hitler’s atheistic eugenics program slaughtered 10 million people in the name of “survival of the fittest” and for the Nazi utopia.  Jonah Goldberg points out in his excellent book, Liberal Fascism, that the roots of fascism are also found in 20th century American liberal thought and continue to this day.  This is important to understand because communism and fascism are two peas in the same socialist pod (not opposites).

Between 1975 and 1979, Pol Pot – in the interest of purifying Cambodia for his communist utopia – exterminated one-fifth of the population of that country.  Atrocities, committed (wrongly) in the name of Christianity during the last twenty centuries, are miniscule in comparison to the magnitude of evil committed by secular socialism in the twentieth century alone.  Yet, we choose not to remember that Hitler and Mussolini’s fascist policies were popular with the secular progressives prior to World War II.

It is the radical secular atheist who knows no moral boundaries for indoctrinating people to his cause.  Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey advocates that just as Amnesty International works to liberate political prisoners, teachers should seek to undermine the religious instruction given to children by their parents.  Philosopher Richard Rorty warns parents sending their children to college, “We are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.”

Did someone above mention “exclusion” and “intolerance?”  Talk about implanting by force a “narrow, particular version of goodness” – “brain-washing” is a better description of what these professors want to do.  This is modern day liberal fascism.  Isn’t it amazing that these radical socialist professors have deceived us into paying them to destroy the Christian beliefs and moral values of our sons and daughters?  In 1932, H. G. Wells told the Young Liberals club at Oxford that they must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.”  The secular left in our country continues to pursue these goals.

The Peculiar Christian

“This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God.” (William Law)

Separation from the world’s value systems is evidence of a work of grace in the heart.  A person, who is born of the Spirit, seeks to separate himself from the evils of worldliness.  Many church leaders desire to make Christianity easy and to avoid self-denial.  We hear professing Christians saying that we should not be too narrow and exclusive.  They believe we may go anywhere, and do anything, and still be good Christians.  It says in God’s Word, “Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you. . . .”

If you believe that anyone is a Christian who goes to church, in spite of how he lives or believes, you probably think very little about separating yourself from worldliness.  But if you read your Bible, you know there is a difference between believers and unbelievers.  An unsaved person thinks mainly on the things of this world. He is more concerned with pleasing man than pleasing God.  This is why Christians must be a “peculiar” people, living their lives in a way that separates them from the unsaved.

Paul says to the Corinthians, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people- not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler-not even to eat with such a one.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-11)

The true Christian refuses to be guided by the world’s standard of right and wrong.  The rule of most men is to go with the flow.  Whereas, the true Christian will ask, “What does God say in the Bible about this?”  He believes that nothing is right that God declares wrong.

Foreclosures Halted By Bank Of America

Bank of America has called a halt to foreclosures in all 50 states, while anger grows at how lenders have prepared documents to support evictions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada) has sent a letter to all major banks asking them to suspend foreclosures in Nevada, extending his concern to include all 50 states. The long-term impact this will have on those in default and not paying, as well as those who continue to faithfully pay their mortgages, is uncertain. The impact on the nation’s overall financial system is also a matter of concern. (Source: Washington Post, Reuters)

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