Friday, February 10, 2006

How is being Anti-God Determined?

A reader responding to my recent post on “ The “10 Commandments Illusion” wrote something that I think is worth focusing on: that being the question of to what authority do we submit ourselves during our lives? What benchmark do we use to make judgments about the affairs of the world? The reader, in response to my statement that in our culture “progressives are really anti-God in nature” wrote the following:

The ACLU defends Christian displays when the government illegally tries to get them removed. Your claim that "progressive" means "anti-God" is in error. ACLU's position is that of the founders: The government doesn't get to advocate religion. It's not anti-God at all -- it's religiously free, giving everyone the right to worship as their conscience dictates. Is freedom anti-God? I don't think so.

The above indicates that the benchmark for deciding whether “progressives are really anti-God, is the “founding fathers”; that progressives generally reaffirm the intent of the founders of this nation. I submit to this reader and all others of similar thinking that my benchmark is not the “founding fathers” but The Founding Father (God the Creator). His authority supercedes all others. It is by His tenets as stated throughout the Bible that I make the assertion that progressives are typically anti-God. To date I have seen no behavior pattern nor political bent taken by progressives that embraces the singular theme of the Bible, that: “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24 NIV) Instead, the theme of progressives can be best summarized by the following scripture: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6 NIV) Progressives generally pursue interests that put the individual’s rights above God’s commands. The abortion issue is the most deadly example of this pattern of thinking.

Focusing on the issue that the founding fathers “didn’t advocate religion” therefore lending justification to the ACLU’s actions attempting to reaffirm this notion, here the inference is that in the pursuit of defending this so-called Constitutional principle, if the worship of God gets trampled in the process, well that is what the founding fathers must have wanted. But what about what God wants?

It is sobering to know however that in the end God will have the last say since we all (including the "founding fathers"), have an appointment before Him ahead of us: Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15 NIV)

1 comment:

Ed Darrell said...

It's fascinating to be so grotesquely misunderstood and so petulantly addressed in error.

That the founders didn't advocate religion has nothing to do with trampling rights. They believed, as Christians do, that getting right with Jesus is each person's responsibility. Those of you who beg the state to do it for you are the ones who will be shocked to discover, before the throne, that urging others to get you right doesn't cut it.

God doesn't want you to give up your duty to God, to farm it out to government. That's why the founders generally got out of the way -- they understood well that what you urge brings, as Madison put it, "sloth" in the church, and corruption in the church and state.

And if you feel yourself incompetent to deal with God on your own? Tough. Religion is an unalienable right -- you can't give it up even if you want to.

Do I overstate your position? Touche.

A God who sends people to Hell?