Published May 21, 2009
Southern Baptists may have defeated theological liberalism in the denomination during the Conservative Resurgence, but the liberal, secular influence in the nation seems to be advancing unabated.
Essentially, liberalism won’t go away. You sweep it out the door and it comes in the window. You close the shutters to keep it out of the windows and it emerges through the cracks in the molding.
Arguing against it is almost counterproductive, because liberalism stands for freedom, tolerance, fairness, self-expression, choice, and fulfillment. That is why many have abandoned the term “liberal” and embraced “progressive.” It appears to be so appealing, so inviting.
All that sounds well and good, but liberalism also stands against doctrine, discipline, self-sacrifice, and discipleship. That is why it is no wonder President Obama cozied up to rogue governmental leaders like Hugo Chavez, embraced overtures from isolated Cuban President Raul Castro, and arbitrarily released supposed terrorists from the Guantanamo prison.
It has been said, “Liberalism is not so much an ideology but the vacuum left after the implosion of Christianity. It consists of the detritus left over from that implosion, more negative than positive, a fall-back position that defends the nihilism that exists in its centre.”
Let’s take a brief look at an infinitesimal scintilla of what liberalism is doing to our country.
Did you know that fixed-term marriages are being suggested in some quarters today? Some are saying that since lifelong marriages are becoming a thing of the past 5-to-10 year marriage contracts should be considered.
Since we have fixed-term contracts for the buying of property, cars, and insurance, why should we have only one contract available for marriage – that being a lifetime contract?
The proponents of this concept insist that when the contract expires those couples who have had a good experience in their marital relationship could renew their vows and enter into another contract agreement.
Conversely, those who did not fare as well during their contractual agreement could dissolve their relationship by not applying for a new contract, thus ending their marriage without the shame and stigma associated with a failed marriage.
Hawaii legislature establishes Islamist Day
Hawaii’s state legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill on May 6 to proclaim September 24 as Islam Day. There were only a few of the lawmakers who raised an objection to the bill, reasoning that they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to September 11, 2001.
The bill seeks to recognize “the rich religious, scientific, cultural, and artistic contributions” that Islam and the Islamic world have made. The decision of the Hawaii legislature is unconscionable to me, because I acutely recall the Islamists around the world who celebrated the horrors of 9/11 with cheering and revelry.
Can you imagine the wild protestations from the liberal left if a city council, some county commissioners, or a state legislature decided to establish a Christian Day or a Jewish Day?
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, saying, “Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things …” (I Cor. 4:13). Until recent years I have felt that those words must surely be reserved for Christians in other lands. That is no longer the case.
The ridicule of Carrie Prejean
Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was almost assured of winning the Miss USA beauty pageant. She is beautiful, poised, and not without some convictions. However, she got the question she had hoped to avoid. Perez Hilton was the inquirer.
Hilton is an American blogger and television personality. His blog, Perezhilton.com (formerly PageSixSixSix.com), is known for posts covering gossip about celebrities, his brash comments, and exposing people involuntarily for being homosexual.
In the Miss USA Pageant Hilton asked Prejean, “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
Prejean responded, “I think it is great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land [where] you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. In my country and in my family I think marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be – between a man and a woman.”
Since making her statement, which I thought was gracious and non-offensive, Prejean has been vilified and scorned mercilessly. Unfortunately, those who are opposed to her views have discovered some less-than-modest photos of her, which they are counting on discrediting her view of traditional marriage. While Prejean should be held accountable for her poor judgment in posing provocatively for modeling photographs, Hilton has ranted relentlessly about her on his celebrity blog and called her some malicious names. His comments were shameful and certainly inappropriate for someone who was supposed to be an objective and impartial judge.
The only conclusion that can be drawn from this incident is that unless people are tolerant of the most aberrant kind of lifestyle and committed to political correctness they will be ridiculed and marginalized by our secular society.
U.S. House of Representatives passes Hate Crimes Bill
Just in case you think the flap over Miss Prejean was an isolated case, consider the fact that Federal Hate Crimes legislation H.R. 1913 flew through Congress after a couple hours of debate and was passed by a decision of 249 to 175. The “hate crimes” legislation will create special protection for people based on their sexual behavior, gender identity, or disabilities.
Many of the best minds in the country are warning that this is an incremental step toward a complete end to freedom of speech. It is a veiled attempt to create a specialized class or a two-tiered class of citizens.
Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated, “Make no mistake about it – the House of Representatives voted to condemn the belief that homosexuality and many other biblically offensive sexual behaviors are contrary to God’s design.”
On April 29 Baptist Press stated that the H.R. 1913 legislation to extend hate crimes protection to homosexuals and transgendered individuals could severely restrict religious freedom.
Morning after pill
U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse its earlier decision, which prohibited 17-year-olds access to the morning-after pill Plan B without a prescription or their parents’ consent.
The morning-after pill stops a woman or girl from becoming pregnant if contraception failed or wasn’t used. Someone asked, “If it doesn’t work, could the tablet harm the unborn baby?”
The answer provided was, “We simply don’t know the answer to this question.”
The point is that there is a growing element in our society that seems to care little about the unborn as if they were non-entities.
We have not begun to fathom the depths of how low the liberal, secular agenda foisted upon our society will take us, but we must have a spiritual awakening or face the coming persecution.
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