Mark Caserta: Progressives repudiate founding principles
Today's progressive movement and the liberal policies it has generated arose from a conscious repudiation of the principles on which our nation was founded.
Americans must be keenly aware of the progressive yearning to fundamentally transform society into one which imposes no "concrete" sanctions for immorality and no restrictions within which we should live our lives. We are in a sense "gods" within ourselves able to transcend through reason.
Progressive confutation stems from their view that society is changing and "intelligent" people must adapt accordingly. They claim Christians are archaic in their beliefs and "modern" Christianity should be tolerant of varying lifestyles. And precepts by the Bible's writers or our nation's founders were penned without "clairvoyance" of the future -- discrediting any possible unction by an omnipotent God.
But God's Word says in Matthew 7:13, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it."
Now, the progressive movement hasn't "broadened" the road overnight. Its tenacious approach calls for constant pressure against the "status quo" designed to move the parameters of acceptance further and further to the left.
But unchecked, where will it end?
The single largest barrier facing liberalism is God's Word and the influence of Christianity in our society. It's imperative for liberal "theologians" to question the plausibility and intent of biblical scripture to uproot preconceived notions of morality or principle.
Some recall Barack Obama's June 2007 rant against the "Christian Right" for hijacking religion and using it to divide the nation:
"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together... Part of it's because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who've been all too eager to exploit what divides us," Obama said.
In retrospect, this quote should be added to Obama's growing list of infamous accolades as the single most "hypocritical" statement ever made.
Liberals want us to believe our nation wasn't founded on Christian principles. But Thomas Jefferson, our third U.S. President and drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence said:
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?"
Liberals want us believe we're not a nation blessed of God. But in Genesis 12:3, God told Abram, "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse..." God is referring to Abram's descendents, the nation of Israel, with whom our relationship must be symbiotic. Our nation's obedience to God has heretofore secured His blessings according to the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy.
But I believe as progressives promulgate disobedience to God's Word, those blessings will be revoked accordingly.
There's one more "biblical reference" found in Matthew 12:36 which is apropos for the progressive movement.
"But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken."
Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.
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