Why are the Progressives and the Left so hostile to God? Under cover of dark, like a thief in the night, they remove even the most basic tenants of God’s Law from our public places.
Consider the headline I awoke to this morning:
Oklahoma Gov’t Takes Late-Night Action to ‘Quickly’ Remove Ten Commandments Display From Capitol Grounds Amid Fiery Battle
But which of the Ten Commandments could they possibly find offensive?
Let’s take a quick look at them, shall we?
1: Do not have any gods before me.
Our politicians and their supporters might find this one convicting when we’ve made a god of money.
“Separation of Church and State” has turned what was originally a Constitutionally protected freedom of religion into a blunt weapon used by atheists and god-haters to aggressively expel Christianity from the public square.
In what is labeled “tolerance” and “inclusivity,” we’ve embraced the wrong-headed principle that not only can we have other gods before Yahweh God, but we must have any and all other gods before him.
Now even the Seven Pillars of Islam are taught in our public schools, but that’s alright so long as teachers aren’t talking about Jesus.
2: Do not make any idols.
Does that include celebrities? Shows like “American Idol” don’t even try to hide anymore the fact that we worship actors and musicians.
Beautiful people are literally up on pedestals and stages to, in essence, have us worship them, and we collectively pay massive amounts of money to see our idols perform while we lose our minds at the thought we could get close to them, obtain their autograph, or that they might even notice or speak to us in passing.
Our people hang on their every word, care deeply what they think and believe, and have to know what they’re wearing and doing and what they want us to do.
3: Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Oh, you mean like when President Obama asked God to bless Planned Parenthood in its mission of mass infanticide?
Or maybe this is like when we or our politicians and celebrities claim to believe in God vaguely as a “Higher Power,” and then proceed to invent all sorts of hair-brained new doctrines and novel interpretations of the Bible which amount to a caricature of Yahweh God so we can talk and behave as if he exists solely to make us happy, affirm all our choices, and rubber-stamp our lifestyles.
4: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy.
Sabbath? What Sabbath? Saturday and Sunday are just days of the week which some employers don’t require us to come to work on, perfect for taking care of our yards and amusing ourselves.
5: Honor your father and mother.
What antiquated notions – “father” and “mother!”
Here’s what we’ve done and are doing:
We abolished the traditional idea of families as needing fathers and mothers, saying effectively that either or both are expendable. Families can include two fathers or two mothers, or just one father or just one mother, and be just as healthy and legitimate as a family where both the father and mother are present.
Then, at the same time, we permit our young children to be taken away from their fathers and mothers for the majority of their waking hours every week, beginning at a very young age and lasting until adulthood, taught that the State is more indispensable and reliable and authoritative than their parents.
To top it all off, we teach our children and permit them to be taught that we and they are the products of millions upon millions of years of evolution, survival of the fittest, and that each successive generation of them is the pinnacle of this evolutionary process and therefore superior to the former generation.
Our children are told in countless ways through mass media – movies, TV shows, radio, books and the music industry – to ridicule their parents as old fogies who don’t know anything, are inept, selfish, ignorant, “Old-Fashioned,” and essentially as obsolete as computers built 50 years ago.
No, we don’t teach our children to honor their father and mother. We teach them to honor themselves, to embrace “self-esteem” at the expense of any and all timeless, universal standards of virtue and goodness, and convince them that defying their parents is a natural and necessary part of childhood which they must embrace in order to grow up to be healthy, well-adjusted adults.
6: Do not murder.
Not even unborn infants in their mother’s wombs? Maybe it’s okay so long as we sacrifice them to the gods of Self-Actualization, Global Warming, Promiscuity, and Science. In forty years our nation has murdered tens of millions of its own infants while our government not only defends the murderers, it supplements their income.
The take-away is clear: murder is okay so long as your victim can’t articulate a plea for their own life, so long as the murder is done by professional medical staff in a sterilized clinic or hospital where we don’t have to see it, and so long as we can harvest the body of the victim to conduct scientific research which will help us develop new medicines and treatments and products like cosmetics that make us healthier, happier, and more beautiful.
7: Do not commit adultery.
Ashley Madison – there’s an entire website designed to facilitate adultery. And it’s been immensely popular, with millions upon millions of users signing up for the express purpose of cheating on their spouse with someone who is also already married.
Polygamy isn’t legal in the United States. In its place, however, we have serial monogamy, which is arguably just as bad or worse.
When an American man or woman becomes dissatisfied with their spouse, they almost never take a second spouse in parallel with the first – that is taboo. What has become socially acceptable, however, is divorcing the first husband or wife and taking a different one.
And there doesn’t even have to be a reason for the divorce. No one is at fault. A marriage can dissolve for the most frivolous of reasons – boredom, disputes about money, minor inconveniences which people who love themselves most of all will refuse to bear.
Just as children are conditioned to believe that a family doesn’t need a mother and a father to be legitimate, so also adults are affirmed in their fluid relationships. We now equate physical impulses for one another with “love,” insisting that it would be a betrayal of all that is good and right to not follow the ever-changing whims of our physical and emotional desires.
Meanwhile, husbands and wives don’t love and nurture one another, but instead use one another to please and serve themselves for as long as their spouse satisfies them. And just as we’ve become accustomed to everything else being disposable, so also we’ve come to see marriages in that way, and as a means to an end. When we’re done with them, we throw them out as we would paper plates or plastic Solo cups.
8: Do not steal.
Isn’t it odd what our representative form of government has turned into? Politicians running for office, or striving to retain the offices they’ve obtained, constantly have to outdo one another in persuading this or that class of citizens, whom they’ve divided infinitely so as to make them more easily conquerable, that they will give more to that class of people than what anyone else would. But where do these politicians get what they give?
Our government has nothing to give which it does not first take, and even its printing of money is a form of taking because every printed dollar devalues the currency already in circulation.
If the government were a man with a gun who stopped you on the street and told you to give him a quarter of all your cash, you would call that theft. When, however, the government is a bloated bureaucratic monstrosity with enormous libraries full of labyrinthine regulations, codes, and laws, with literal and figurative weapons to employ against any unwilling to be coerced by word alone, we call it taxation.
Consider if you will, though – if abortion being sanctioned and subsidized by the government doesn’t make it any less murder, at what point is taxation more rightly called theft?
All theft could also be called “wealth redistribution.” Doesn’t it stand to reason then that all wealth redistribution which is compulsory in nature, not willing charity on the part of those giving, is theft?
9: Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Lies in political campaigns are so typical as to be more remarkable when absent than when present. Identity politics necessitates that broad-brush accusations be leveled against society as victimizing this or that distinct, preferred class of people.
When not issued as blanket statements – for instance, “America is a racist nation,” or “all white people are racist” – accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia have become a handy tool for dismissing anyone who is not deemed “politically correct.”
In other words, it’s such a matter of routine as to be almost not worth mentioning that false witness is born against our neighbors on a daily basis as a means of destroying their reputation publicly, and thereby silencing their dissent to the ambitions and endeavors of the powers that be.
10: Do not covet.
This again is such a pesky commandment God gave us for politicians who love identity politics and promoting class division while they grow the welfare state, increasing the number of Americans dependent on their government for their daily bread.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
If we followed this commandment, it would be impossible for politicians to use identity politics and class divisions to elect themselves on the backs of we the covetous people.
But we don’t follow this commandment. We’ve been conditioned by incessant advertising everywhere we look toward “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” and wanting what other people have as a matter of principle.
The American Dream is no longer, if it ever was, “Liberty and Justice for All,” or “The Pursuit of Happiness.” No, the American Dream is having the biggest house in town so all your neighbors will be jealous and covet what you have. In the meantime, we inwardly shake our fist at family and friends who do better than we do.
And when we become poor, politicians will no-doubt be happy to come speak in our town or neighborhood about “income inequality” and “wealth inequality,” in essence trying to bribe us to vote for them based on our inability to tolerate others having something nice that we don’t.
This is why the 10 Commandments are being removed.
In light of all these things, it’s no wonder the Ten Commandments monuments are being removed from public places all over the country.
“Separation of church and state” is a crock. These reminders of God’s eternal, universal standards of good and evil, right and wrong are not being removed because avowed atheists and agnostics are offended. Rather, God’s Law is being pushed out because we as a nation have been taken for a ride down a road where we flaunt our sin and openly rebel against God on every front. The powers that be are terrified at the prospect of the American people waking up and demanding a U-turn.
God’s Law is above man’s law. God’s Law trumps the fickle, arbitrary laws of man. And any law of man which does not conform to the Law of God is an unjust law and needs to be abolished and removed, as do those who advocate such laws.
In the words of the famous civil rights leader:
“How does one determine when a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”
This is why the 10 Commandments are being removed, because they serve as a reminder to the citizenry of a universal standard of good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice which is higher than the whims and concoctions of mere men and women, elected or unelected, in the American government. And these men and women know their schemes do not conform to the Law of God, but they don’t care. In fact, far from remorseful at the wicked folly and destruction they are leading us headlong into, they are intent on forcing all mentions and reminders of God and his Law out instead.
Fortunately for us, regardless which direction society as a whole decides to let corrupt, godless politicians and bureaucrats take America, we know that God is still Sovereign on his throne, and we know that he has given us the Bible as his perfect revelation of his character, our history, and our hope.
If our final hope were in America being and remaining a Christian nation that honors God, we would despair. But since our hope is secure in Jesus the Messiah – the atoning sacrifice of his sinless blood on the cross, and his death, burial, and resurrection – we do not despair. It is a dark day for America, but we know that God has already written, not only this chapter and the final chapter, but all the chapters of history.
In short, these haters of God and lovers of self may have removed a monument to God’s Law in Oklahoma, but they will never remove God’s Law, God’s Word, or the Holy Spirit from our hearts.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of Yahweh!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Yahweh;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.