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Conservatism vs Progressivism: The Battle Between Good & Evil
When Heather MacDonald, Charles Murray, and Ann Coulter were barred from exercising their first amendment rights to deliver conservative speeches on American college campuses, the root cause was more vile and malevolent than it appeared on the surface. While liberal snowflakes are prone to melt downs stemming from their inability to debate issues with their opposition, the movement to squelch free speech isn’t merely a college epidemic. Townhall meetings have been high jacked, and any Fox News host or contributor who speaks the truth rather than echoing the canned leftist narrative gets a “kick me” sign taped to their backs from fascist media jihadis.
Why is there so much hate and frothing at the mouth from progressives who claim to be champions of diversity? How can progressives even find the time and motivation to launch these attacks when so many issues are vying for their attention:
- Propogate mental illness in society by convincing others they no longer have to base gender on biological facts
- Create more false, unscientific data to “support” the climate change myth
- Search terrorist hotbeds for those who chant “Death to America” and invite them to live with us
- Champion “human rights” to distract people from the slaughtering of innocent babies via abortion
- Welcome criminal invaders at our southern border then pretend they are upstanding citizens. When they are caught murdering and drug dealing, make sure they are safely transported to the nearest sanctuary city.
- Loudly defend freedom of religion and the first amendment and hope no one notices this not apply to Christians or conservatives.
- Debase men to give militant feminism a boost
- Demonize police to obstruct law and order
- Villify President Trump for taking his vow seriously to preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution. (You know—that document Obama ignored for 8 years)?
- If confronted, sidestep all forms of debate and resort to name-calling, vandalizing, or other form of violence.
The Real Enemy
If you are a proud patriot who believes in American exceptionalism, and you frame your life around morals and values rooted in Christianity, you might be feeling a bit disenfranchised. The ideals and standards of the past are struggling for breath. Did America move? Why do we have to press one for English in our own country? A culture war is in full-swing, but can the blame for the deterioration of our national fabric be placed solely on radical progressivism? No, the source is more profound and insidious.
In Hebrew, the name Satan means adversary, and we see throughout scripture that the devil is evil incarnate, the perpetual enemy of both God and mankind. Since his fall from heaven, we learn that he prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). In fact, Ephesians 6:12 informs us that we aren’t merely fighting against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This isn’t a bunch of hokum, or malarkey (the “M” word Sheldon Cooper invokes when he’s really perturbed). The battle is real. While the radical leftists might be the public face of cultural demoralization, they are only puppets of our real foe--the battle we are waging is spiritual.
Same Play Book
Spoiler alert—God wins. Every time. However, in this tale as old as time, the devil never comes up with a new game plan or an original idea. God has all the best plans, so the devil is forced to play defense. His only “move” is to throw as many monkey wrenches as he can into God’s design to take as many people down with him as he can. After all, misery loves company! Consider Adam and Eve. God was pleased with His creation, but He warned Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the Knowledge of Good in Evil or else they would die. Satan’s ears perked up. Using a progressive message to convince these two that the values instilled in them were wrong, they acquiesced to his smooth talk and ate an apple from the tree. Was Satan ever smug! He managed to bring death to all of mankind—the very people God said He made in His image! Of course, sending Jesus to take our sins to the cross to restore our relationship with Him irked the devil. What else did God do that he could undo?
Not only did God create mankind in His own image, but male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27). Hmmm…how could that be twisted? God commanded mankind to be fruitful and multiply to replenish the earth. When the flood came, God also made sure Noah’s ark was stocked with male and female of every species to preserve the continuation of His creation. The devil rolled up his sleeves and got busy. He had to stop God’s people from reproducing. You would be hard pressed to find a more wicked city than ancient Sodom, yet today, leftist radicals would have us believe that you can “identify” with a smorgasbord of genders. You can even flow from one to another! The English language continues to be addended to include gibberish letters to form non-sensical Dr. Seuss pronouns to make people feel grammatically correct in the fantasy world they live in. Instead of having a wocket in my pocket, it’s more like here’s a new gender, and it’s a mind-bender or this new pronoun I’ll rock it, so don’t you dare knock it. The devil even took the symbol of God’s promise—the rainbow—and made it a banner for perversion. In this diabolical ploy, mankind would eventually snuff itself out.
Romans 1:26-27 makes it clear, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Verse 28 continues, Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. In other words, people want to do whatever they want to do without limitations or constraints. Since the Bible is God’s blueprint for living, they cast it aside and revile it because it rains on their parade. They want to revel in their sin without guilt, and so God turns them over to themselves, and their consciences become seared. The truth ceases to penetrate, and they make unwise choices that ultimately hurt them. This was not God’s design. Think of your own children. If you did not set boundaries or communicate your expectations to them, what do you think would happen? They would play in the street, enter strange vans for “candy,” eat sugary treats for every meal, neglect bathing, bonk their sibling over the head, stay up late, skip school………….they would do what felt good no matter what the consequences. Your house rules are not meant to be oppressive. They are drafted because you love your kids, you want them to be safe, and you desire for them to have a bright future.
When I watch Bruce Jenner speak (no, I’m not calling him Caitlyn), I marvel at how far our culture has fallen. Here is man saying sexuality is different from gender identity because he’s a man who wants to live like a woman, still sleep with women, yet that doesn’t make him a lesbian because he’s still a man. I think I’ve gone cross-eyed! (To keep things interesting, he lives like a liberal but his “political identity” is Republican). Bruce is heralded a champion, no longer for his physical prowess as an athlete, but as an advocate for the A-Z community (since they keep adding letters to their cause, I’m going to refer to them by the entire alphabet to make sure all the bases are covered). On an episode of Tucker Carlson, Bruce stated that people in his “community” are being murdered, and the perpetrators should be charged with a hate crime in addition to murder to obtain a more severe sentence. Tucker rightly pointed out that it is unfair for everyone else in society whose loved ones are murdered to not have the “hate crime” element added to their charges. Bruce stumbled and stuttered and decided it was time to move to another subject. Bruce frequently laments the high suicide rate of the transgenders in his community, as if this is something society could combat by giving this lifestyle a stamp of approval. If your neighbor told you he was Abraham Lincoln, would you play along? If your daughter decided she was a cat trapped in a human body, would you start feeding her kibble and let her use a litter box instead of a toilet? Of course not! Lending your endorsement to such insanity would be disingenuous. Playing along with the gender-themed version of charades is harmful to those struggling with this issue. Insisting you are a woman when you are really a man (or vice versa) is mentally ill. Having so many new genders to cherry pick only cements the confusion. Is the struggle real? Of course it is. None of us is perfect, and we all need God’s grace to combat the pull toward sin. Your personal struggle might be with drugs, alcohol, pornography, or swearing at bad drivers on your way to work each morning. Whatever your temptation, you fight against it. You say no. You choose to do the right thing despite how much you want to do the wrong thing. Deep down, you know when you’re making bad choices, and you want to do better. Those wrangling with gender issues are no different. The fight requires the tenacity from 2 Corinthians 10:5 to … demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and … take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. That means that when you want to delude yourself and rationalize why it’s okay to do something God has said is wrong, you need to stop and recalibrate. You need to arm wrestle your will into obedience. For the glutton, it means not filling the shopping cart with donuts, cakes, and pies. For the would-be womanizer, it means looking away from the flirtatious tease at work and remaining faithful to his wife. To the financial adviser with a penchant for the unscrupulous, it means being honest despite the temptation to swindle clients. And to those who want to be a different gender than what they were assigned at birth, it means saying no and seeking help through the crisis. The problem is, the devil has worked overtime to persuade our culture that such a lifestyle is not sinful, so rather than combat debased desires, there is a demand for society to affirm and sanction them. Satan has deceived even the most “elect,” which is why gay marriage is now legal and heretical “churches” have gay pastors. God clearly defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Rewind the tape to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:4): ‘You will not certainly die’, the serpent said to the woman. If the devil can convince us that what we’re doing is not really a sin, there’s no need for repentance, only a demand for acceptance.
Progressivism is the mouthpiece of evil. The nucleus of the issues is Satan’s enmity against God and His creation. God designed marriage for a man and a woman, also foreshadowing the concept of God as the groom and His church as the bride. To subvert this, the devil redefined marriage as a union between any gender, and there’s an eternal penalty to those who fall for it.
Attack on the Family
Since God also told mankind to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth, the devil’s next mandate was to attack the family unit to stamp out procreativity. Abortion became the tool to pick up the slack where same-sex unions fell short in halting the multiplicity God encouraged. Pro-choice is synonymous with murder, but the term is softer on the ear. People are shocked and horrified when they read of the mother who tossed her infant into the dumpster or attempted to flush her down the toilet. The mother is labeled a deranged lunatic who engaged in infanticide. However, the same woman can kill the same unborn child in the final trimester, with Planned Parenthood harvesting the organs, and the mother is lauded for being the master of her own body and considered a champion of women’s rights.
Ephesians 5:23 lays out God’s hierarchy for the family very clearly. The husband is the head of the household, like Christ is the head of the Church, and wives are commanded to submit to their husbands. However, husbands are told to love their wives like they love themselves, and wives are to respect their husbands. Children are instructed to obey their parents. These scriptures literally blow the minds of militant feminists. They misinterpret these verses to mean that women are somehow “less” when that is not the intent. The familial hierarchy is reciprocal, and each position brings out the best of all the others. The positions aren’t equal to soldierly ranks, but a means to establish order, unity, and harmony. The serpent is still whispering into the ears of women today, insisting this isn’t God’s order for the home.
While it’s certainly acceptable for a woman to stand up for her rights when she has genuinely been violated (such as being denied the right to vote), feminists are too trigger-happy with this freedom. The devil eggs them on to fight against so many imagined injustices that men ultimately wind up trampled and de-masculinized. Next time you’re watching your favorite sitcom, notice how many times men are portrayed as bumbling nincompoops. As much as I love The Big Bang Theory, it follows the same premise. Penny, Bernadette, and Amy are all successful in their careers, earning more money than their male counterparts, whom they also frequently outwit. While Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard are very intelligent, they are stereotyped as geeks who often put their foot in their mouths. Nevermind Stuart who can’t even eke out a living and helps nanny Howard & Bernadette’s baby. Where are the tough cowboys? Where is the rippling masculinity of the Marlboro Man? Where are the rough and tumble outlaws? Primetime can’t handle so much testosterone. Estrogen has taken over.
A Country Without Borders
Since its founding, America has been a force for good in the world. At least until Obama’s “apology tour” and subsequent disengagement from the positive, global leadership role of his predecessors. Since America has the largest Christian population of any other country in the world, it’s no wonder the devil wants to divide and conquer this nation. One way this can be accomplished is by watering down our national identity. Where we were once a “melting pot” of immigrants who came here to work hard to attain the “American Dream,” this is no longer the case, and hasn’t been since about 1965. Nearly 72% of today’s immigrants with children are burdening our welfare system. To make matters worse, they are not assimilating, especially the hordes of Muslims. Just visit a local park, and you will notice the Muslims do not integrate with other children. They stick with their own. So do the moms who are with them. To them, we are infidels. We have seen by the migrant crisis in Europe that the influx of refugees poses a burden to the economy and a Pandora’s Box of societal woes. Nearly 50% of them advocate replacing our Constitution with Sharia Law! The heartbroken mantra from 9/11 is we’ll never forget. Turns out, a LOT of people have forgotten.
Undocumented immigrants is one of the most ridiculous PC tags created to date. They are more than illegals and should be labeled criminal invaders. Breaking the law of our land to gain entry is not a good omen for upstanding citizenry. Due in part to our porous southern border, opioid addiction is at epidemic proportions. Immigrants are burning the American flag and calling it an “oppressive symbol.” Colleges and sports arenas are scrambling to accommodate them by removing the American flag from the public eye. Just imagine screaming to Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un that you are offended by the Russian and North Korean flags. How do you think they would respond? Our freedoms are being used AGAINST us! Immigrants want to fly their own national flags on our turf, they demand government assistance, they continue to speak their native tongue, and they try to force their cultural values and traditions into ours instead of the reverse. When they commit felonious acts, they flee to a sanctuary city. Yes, there are even mayors and elected officials who roll out the red carpet for illegal criminals and encourage them to flee to their cities! You have to be blind not to comprehend the sheer lunacy of being a community that welcomes criminals and not consider how that scenario will unfold.
Would you walk into a seafood restaurant and start burning the menu if it didn’t offer Italian food? Would you enter a children’s clothing store and demand they stock adult-sized clothing? I doubt it. You select restaurants and clothing stores based on your personal preferences. Likewise, immigrants who do not like, value, or plan to assimilate to our way of life should find another country in which to reside that better suits them.
Still, the radical Left wants a world without borders. Like the joke about President Trump’s wall satirizes, If Democrats thought for one minute that illegals were voting Republican, you’d see the Border Wall from Space! Did you ever notice that everything you do or say is now considered a microaggression because immigrants and millenials are offended by everything these days? What happened to the good old days where people were patriotic? They knew America was the best place on earth to live because here, people are the most free with the best chance for upward mobility. We were all different, but being proud “Americans” united us all. The devil wants none of that. He has sown discord because united we stand and divided we fall.
No Freedom of Speech for Conservatives!
Despite the Constitutional guarantee of free speech, safe spaces have popped up in academia to protect fragile students from hate speech. Hate speech is anything a conservative might say that conflicts with the radical Leftist narrative. Todd Starnes, a conservative columnist and commentator, reported that a Northern Arizona University professor told a student to put away his bible, which he was reading while he waited for class to begin. The student was already the object of the professor’s ire for his conservative views on topics, views the professor deemed “hate speech” and “disruptive behavior.” There are no safe spaces on college campuses for conservatives—only for liberal whackos spewing ignorant venom.
The mainstream media is completely off the rails. President Trump accomplished more in his first 100 days in office than Barak Obama did in eight years; however, CNN censored a TV commercial that encapsulated his accomplishments. Fox News remains the sole network to accurately and truthfully present Trump in a fair light. He is demonized on every other channel, and for what? Checking off the promises kept to the American people who voted for him? Upholding the Constitution? Trying to regain America’s footing in the greatness that Obama deliberately sabotaged? When you consider the extensive corruption of the Clintons (which is too copious to list in this article), yet note the media’s support of her to the “nth” degree, it is staggering. Unbiased journalism is dead. Since all the major networks are colluding with the Left on an agreed upon narrative, the general public is being brainwashed to accept all fake news as fact. It’s a ploy to control the populous. Conservatives aren’t given a voice. If a conservative does snag air time, they walk into a well-laid trap. John 8:44 says, You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Since Fox News has not sold out to the Left’s lies, they are next in the crosshairs. Women have been coming out of the woodwork there, accusing conservative hosts of sexually harassing them. The Left has no qualms about funding accusers to come forward. Bill O’Reilly, one of the few outspoken voices of truth with the highest-rated cable news show was fired amid such allegations, following the resignation of Fox News founder and former CEO for the same claims, Roger Ailes. Sean Hannity and Jesse Watters have also been targeted, but nothing has stuck.
It’s interesting to note that II Thessalonians 2:9 says, The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. The fake news media no doubt “serves the lie” better than Satan ever imagined.
God is a God of order, not confusion (I Corinthians 14:33), but Satan is lawless. The attack on law and order through the current war on police is unprecedented. The military, our men in blue, and all of our first responders risk their lives every day so we can live in a safe country and safe neighborhoods. Black Lives Matter thugs have been a catalyst of anti-cop rhetoric, claiming racism is the cause of black poverty, police shootings, and jail time. Black Lives Matter calls for “liberation” because they are “dehumanized,” “targeted for demise,” and face “deadly oppression.” Rational African Americans wish to have no association with this unmerited “movement” for obvious reasons. Black conservative Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee, a frequent Fox News contributor, doesn’t mince words and replies unabashedly that BLM should be labeled a hate group. Unfortunately, there’s no limit how far the Left will go to manipulate the black community for their votes. We are a country of law and order. Romans 13:5-7 says, therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience....give to everyone what you owe them:….. if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. President Trump demands law and order—another reason he’s besieged by the fiery darts of the enemy.
For those who think they are taking a stand for a progressive, collectivist America by unplugging conservative dialogue and debate, shattering business windows, demolishing parked cars, setting fires, assaulting and insulting people of differing opinions, and blockading airports, I have news for you—you’re the devil’s marionettes, not heroes. You are anarchists. You are fascists. You are obstructionists. You are not following protocol for peaceful demonstrations, and you are not following the law of the land to legislate the changes you seek. In fact, you should be criminally charged for the violence and destruction in which you engage because you are breaking the law. You are little more than domestic terrorists.
Reason to Hope
President Trump beat all odds. God always picks the most unlikely people to lead. What it is that God saw in Donald Trump? Maybe the fact that he’s a doer? Maybe that he will unapologetically confront the evils in our society to restore America to her Godly roots? Maybe that he will stand faithfully with Israel, God’s chosen people? When Trump signed the executive order to protect religious liberty, he stated, we will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore. The fact that Trump is crucified by the news media, Hollywood celebrities, and Leftists should be a sign that he’s on the right track. He’s upsetting the right people.
A joke on Facebook quipped, Communist, Socialist, Democrat, PROGRESSIVE: Keep changing the name. Eventually you will fool someone! How can Progressives lack such vision? While it’s obvious to Middle America that communistic, socialist ideologies have failed in every society in which they’ve been imposed, that such policies eliminate freedom by enslaving people to the government, and that the “collective” approach stifles individuality and upward mobility, Leftists can’t seem to see this. Why? We are given the answer in II Corinthians 4:4, The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Satan is the “god of this world,” and as such, he has the power to blind unbelievers to truths that seem apparent to the rest of us.
We can’t give up. Don’t fall for the lies of the Left and shuffle on, like cattle to the slaughter house. There’s a battle waging between good and evil in the form of conservatism versus progressivism. Stand up for your ideals and resist going with the flow. You might feel isolated, but you are not. A local church furnished inspirational T-shirts to its entire church body. Nearly every time I’m out, I encounter someone wearing that shirt in diverse venues. God’s people are everywhere. We are not helpless bystanders-we are culture warriors. Be a revolutionary who will fight to keep us as one nation, under God because it’s remaining under God that will make America great again.