In thinking and wondering how such broad differences can exist in the views on various areas of life and politics among Christians, I have come to some conclusions. It appears to me, that there is as much difference in the thinking, views, and beliefs of those who profess Christianity as conservatives and those who are liberal as there is between those who do not claim the Christian faith as their foundation. To me, that is disturbing for many reasons. I fully understand that different groups within the Christian faith interpret the Bible differently, yet there are some basic principles that we should all hold to on the basis of Jesus’ own words.
C.S. Lewis was a strong critic of the welfare state, the nanny state, and the entire “Progressive” vision of the interventionist state. He was outspoken, basing his views upon his understanding of the Bible. I believe that we should all base our views upon the teachings of scripture. In fact, Lewis was so bothered by the differences I mentioned in the first paragraph that he questioned: “Is there a widening rift between politically conservative and politically liberal evangelicals? What are the basic causes of tensions between evangelicals on the left and right, and what can we do to address those causes?” I want to give an excerpt from his book “The Abolition of Man” for consideration before continuing:
“It is in Man’s power to treat himself as a mere ‘natural object’ and his judgments of value as raw material for scientific manipulation to alter at will. . . . The real objection is that if man chooses to treat himself as raw material, raw material he will be: not raw material to be manipulated, as he fondly imagined, by himself, but by mere appetite, that is, mere Nature, in the person of his de-humanized Conditioners. . . . Either we are rational spirit obliged for ever to obey the absolute values of the Tao [natural law], or else we are mere nature to be kneaded and cut into new shapes for the pleasures of masters who must, by hypothesis, have no motive but their own ‘natural’ impulses. Only the Tao provides a common human law of action which can over-arch rulers and ruled alike. A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery. . . . The process which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than among Fascists. The methods may (at first) differ in brutality. But many a mild-eyed scientist in pince-nez, many a popular dramatist, many an amateur philosopher in our midst, means in the long run just the same as the Nazi rulers of Germany.”
Sadly, there are evangelical leaders who embrace all those negatives in support of utilitarianism, moral relativism and believe that “the end justifies the means”. They opposed President George W. Bush but support the authoritarianism of Barack Obama. They support government being used to force “social justice” not only on Americans but anywhere in the world they deem warranted. Their support of the “Progressive” ideology to grow a colossal government ruled by a soft tyranny if not a hard tyranny which rams a welfare state, socialism, and the corporatism that Obama continues to push is astounding. Yet, they are unflinching in their support and unrelenting in their attack on everyone who opposes this view. They do this to the point of worship of the man, his ideology and authoritarian government. Their unequivocal support becomes nothing more than a sort of political idolatry. I cannot imagine Jesus or any of the apostles defending the policies of Caesar or the Roman Empire, but we see it from professing Christians on the left regarding the ideology this Administration is deeply rooted. It is very difficult to understand. Please understand I know that there are errors on the right as well, but this goes against the basic principles of the Bible, in my view.
It is almost as though some on the left believe that the ideologies being promoted by their fellow liberal/progressive brothers and sisters will apply to everyone but them and those they care about. Death panels are not a problem. Abortion is not a problem. Class warfare/envy is not a problem. They have adopted a Marxist view that believes the government “knows best”. Christian writers throughout history have exposed the fallacy of this thinking including men such as Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, James Madison, Alexis de Tocqueville, Frederic Bastiat and many others. They all lauded the virtue of individual liberty, personal responsibility, civic virtue, and the rule of law. Yet, we hear some evangelicals on the left arguing that this is “anti-Christian” because the “Progressive State” knows best and dare not be hindered by the Bible or the teaching of Jesus. They promote this to the point of suggesting the dismissing of the principles Jesus taught listed above. They do this, if not openly, certainly by implication.
This is not a complete, exhaustive or even thorough discussion but suffice it to say that as long as people believe that “the ends justifies the means”, practice “situational ethics”, and that it is acceptable to set aside the very teachings and principles of our Lord to achieve what they believe, “social justice”, “moral relativism”, and “redistribution of wealth” we will have this great chasm politically. This country will continue heading toward moral bankruptcy UNLESS and UNTIL those who hold the Scriptures as our “all-sufficient rule of faith and practice” turn our hearts fully to God and refuse to give up our intercession UNTIL the heavens are moved and God sends forth a deliverer or deliverance to this nation. Therefore, I must renew my call for believers everywhere to begin as never before bombarding the Throne of God for this nation and this world. This is why I CANNOT support the policies of Barak Obama or the Progressives and have committed to do everything that I can spiritually, through prayer and teaching, and politically, through voting and talking to others exposing the fabrications and fallacies of this misguided philosophy espoused by him and his followers.
If we allow God to be our guide and the Bible to be our rule of faith and practice, and walk in obedience to His principles, we will see victory. If we become lax as we have in times past and do not aggressively take the battle to the battlefield we will see our liberties eroded, our freedoms taken from us, and find ourselves in a bondage worse than we could have ever imagined. My first allegiance is to God and His Word. Therefore, I choose to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”. I believe deep trouble and strife is coming to this land and my prayer is that the planned and potential dangers I see NEVER become a reality. It is time to awaken from our slumber and renew our commitments to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I cannot stress how important I believe the elections of 2012 are as well as the months between now and then. My prayer is not only for God’s deliverance for this nation but for the “eyes of the American People” to be opened so they can see what is really going on and what the agenda really is.
“The Lord bless, you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you, be gracious unto you, and give you peace.” May God have mercy upon this nation and forgive our sins and complacency. I truly believe the world needs a Free and Strong America to stem the tide of evil that belches from the bowels of hell upon this world. It truly is our decision and could very well cost us everything! Therefore, you and I must decide what level of commitment we are willing to make. As for me and my house, “we will serve the Lord.”