Monday, November 08, 2004

More weeping & gnashing of teeth: morality = Christian extremism

Can we save country from its leaders? (via RealClearPolitics).

The spirit of Herod and the Caesars is alive and well: anti-Christian hatred. The author seems oblivious to the irony of regarding 51% of the population as "extremists" while thinking of oneself as enlightened and tolerant. It's not the Religious Right I see as a threat to scrap the Constitution and bring the coercive power of the state to bear upon dissenters; it's the growing wing of the Democratic party that makes statements like this, refers to pro-life demostrators as having an extra chromosome (as Al Gore did) or the out-of-touch leftists in the mainstream media who are so removed from contact with Christians that they subtly raise the question of whether evangelicals differ from the Taliban.

On the other hand, if a personal, transcendant God exists only as a cultural construct (and not in reality), then people are not "endowed by [the] Creator with certain inalienable rights"; these are bestowed by government or social contract. And what these latter two bestow, they may also legitimately take away. Contrary to the above rant, it is when belief in the Creator is rejected that rights become alienable and no rational basis remains for freedom of dissent. Four years from now, the author will be just as free to live in immorality or spew anti-Christian hatred, but I'm not confident that we "extremists" would enjoy such freedom if a government she supported attained the executive and legislative branches.

This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. John 3:19-21

The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 1 John 2:9

Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. Luke 6:22-23