Why politics in this free in Christ blog?
Because freedom, politics, and reality have their origin in God. They came from Him.
God builds up lives that acknowledge Jesus Christ. However if you reject and deny Him, your life will fragment and fall apart, when it encounters The Cornerstone.
“(17) And He [Jesus] beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner? (18) Whoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken, but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (19) And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on Him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that He had spoken this parable against them.” Luke 20:17-19
Those who reject or deny Him may be religious or irreligious.
But like it or not, Christ Jesus is The Crux, The Meaning of life. Apart from Him, death reigns.
Let’s seek to understand what is happening in our culture.
Tom Gilson has written a very interesting article titled Why Liberals Can’t Listen that speaks to the definition of morality. A Jordan Peterson interview illustrates the title. The article centers on New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt, whose research team conducted a global project to understand human morality. Everywhere in the world, the team found the same five basic moral foundations: Caring, Fairness, Loyalty, Authority/Respect, and Purity [He has since identified a 6th foundation: Liberty].[Here is Haidt’s 2008 TED talk (transcript)].
Haidt observes that liberals are strong on two of the five moral foundations: Caring and Fairness. They are weak on Loyalty, Authority/Respect, and Purity. You may have become accustomed to hearing the two strengths from the political left: that something’s not fair and that their feelings are paramount. We have all too commonly heard news reporters asking horrified victims of tragedy, “How do you feel about that?”
Gilson writes, “Jonathan Haidt, who viewed himself as a liberal before doing this study, extended his research to look at what societies need in order to maintain stability and security. And he realized it [Caring and Fairness] isn’t just the left’s favorite pair. It takes all five moral categories. He paid attention: he’s a moderate now.”
Gilson continues, “Haidt asked liberals and conservatives to put themselves in one another’s shoes; to imagine how the other side would answer a list of ethical questions. Conservatives could do it. Liberals couldn’t. People on the right had the ability to understand people on the left; even to empathize with them to a degree. People on the left couldn’t do the same in return.”
This parallels what we Christians know about ourselves. Why did we come to the Lord? We heard His claim who He was and became informed of what He had done for us. Many of us were in crisis and desperately needed help. We understand what it was like before Him. We were not always believers – we have lived both as unsaved and saved. We see both sides and can empathize with those who are lost.
We Christians know that God through the Persons of Father, Son, and Spirit is the basis of our moral foundations – they’re not man-made, accidental, or evolutionary.
The two strengths of Caring and Fairness are used by activists as trump cards in an effort to override and redefine globally recognized morality.
Why de-emphasize Loyalty, Authority/Respect, and Purity?
These standards are too hard (impossible without God), they require looking beyond me, and they involve accountability.
If any thought is God-less, it must be without universal standards, for everyone can have their own.
Is the following online observation fair? “When you don’t have any sort of standard, how can you be wrong? When you’re never wrong, why should you listen to anyone but yourself? The modern left in a nutshell.”
God-less thought doesn’t truly love and defend anyone (loyalty), even itself. It attacks. It doesn’t honor (authority/respect), it disrespects, name-calls, and tears down. It doesn’t want what’s best (purity), instead it scorns the good.
Is this liberal thought new?
No, it’s as old as the hills.
“(28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which should not be done; (29) being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32) who knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them who do them.” Romans 1:28-32
What does God think of their attempts to remove Him from history, of their taunts, and of their gotchas?
“(1) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed, saying, (3) Let us break Their bands in two, and cast away Their cords from us. (4) He Who sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (5) Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and trouble them in His sore displeasure.” Psalm 2:1-5
“…, they continually say to me, Where is your God?” Psalm 42:3
“… they say daily to me, Where is your God?” Psalm 42:10
“Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.” Psalm 35:21
“(14) Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek after my soul to destroy it. Let them be driven backward and put to shame who wish me evil. (15) Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame who say to me, Aha, aha.” Psalm 40:14-15
Liberals have fought to eliminate God from the classroom, the culture, and from history. They’re doing an effective job, because we haven’t understood what they lack: loyalty/love, respect for authority, and personal purity. They need The Savior.
We are all accountable to Him.
To liberals, the idea of accountability to God and each other is loathsome, so they rail against it.
When the human body fights against itself, we call that an auto-immune disorder.
The left has cast its lot with identity-politics, which must fragment everything it touches. The body is fighting itself. It destroys everyone else and itself too.
What is the basis of liberal identity politics? Refuting truth that is plainly evident. A man is a man and a woman is a woman. Marriage is between a man and a woman.
The left hates these obvious truths and is attempting to bypass God by identifying themselves as they choose. Facebook in the UK has added 21 new gender identities to Facebook’s ever-evolving list [It’s 58 now and must continually increase] to have attained 79 gender identity categories.
Don’t I care about two men or two women who want to be married? Isn’t it unfair to think contrary to this?
We can and should all care about them, without sacrificing The Truth.
Here is one example involving the vitriol with which the left blasts those who adhere to traditional marriage.
There is only one way that each of us came into existence – through a mother and a father. There is no other truth. To hate traditional marriage is to hate your own mother and father. To hate them is to hate those begotten by them. Ultimately, it is self-hatred.
What am I for? What’s best for everyone?
I’m for how each of us got here and what’s known to be best for us – traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
A healthy society requires Caring, Fairness, Loyalty, Authority/Respect, Purity, and Liberty.
A healthy society requires God to enable us to live in and by them. We cannot live them by ourselves.
Don’t accept the blinders of a subset that can only destroy everyone else and itself.