America is finally catching up to Europe’s enlightenment as we move away from Christianity’s dead faith and more towards the enlightened concept of ‘direct experience.’
I read this from a progressive minister who was ordained in the progressive United Church of Christ. He died after many years of attacking the Christian faith (even Billy Graham) and their allies. Meanwhile, he honored and supported progressives and radicals – from Joseph Campbell to Margaret Sanger.
Anyone who challenged the Christian faith was a hero to this apostate minister. I am sure he would be happy with what America is becoming as it embraces the “liberal religion.” And so is another leftist radical who penned this for The Humanist in 1983:
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. There teachers must embody the same selfless dedication of the most rabid fundamentalist preacher, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level — preschool, daycare, or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new — the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of ‘love thy neighbor’ will finally be achieved.”
Even if the idea of “love thy neighbor” is not achieved, at least we can embrace our human nature. We lifted the restraints of sexual morals telling kids “if it feels good, do it”; if a girl gets pregnant, that’s why we have abortion. And if someone wrongs you just take them out permanently, regardless if they deserved it. Hey, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody loves to do “Burn MF” with children on stage. Worst of all, those who seek power and want to be actual tyrants can come down and force us to submit to them.
The progressive leftist radicals love to tribalise, and even if they did not push it, we as humans naturally do it.
It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that truly brings the single race of human together, regardless of differences. Those who enjoy their human nature and don’t like being told not to feel good cause it’s a sin against God (in a general sense) will only fight back. And those who are too deep in their nature are the most dangerous. Not just to themselves, but to others as well.
But go on kids…Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake! You know how the rest of that KC & The Sunshine Band song goes, right?
If I had to pick one of the most under-appreciated and under-reported stories of 2017, it would be that a post-Christian America is a more vicious America, and that the triumph of secularists is rendering America more polarized, not less. Remove from the public square biblical admonitions such as “love your enemies” and the hatred has more room to grow. When the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — wither, then the culture is far more coarse.
Months ago Ross Douthat wrote a prescient piece arguing that if the Left disliked the religious right, it will positively loathe the post-religious right. In other words, the absence of religion does not necessarily or even likely lead to the growth of tolerance and moderation.
Yesterday, Rod Dreher pointed readers to a hearty amen from The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart. Religious engagement is fading on the Right, but that does not mean that the Right is becoming kinder, gentler, or more acceptable to the Left. Here’s Beinart:
Some observers predicted that this new secularism would ease cultural conflict, as the country settled into a near-consensus on issues such as gay marriage. After Barack Obama took office, a Center for American Progress report declared that “demographic change,” led by secular, tolerant young people, was “undermining the culture wars.” In 2015, the conservative writer David Brooks, noting Americans’ growing detachment from religious institutions, urged social conservatives to “put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations.”