Defeating Progressivism (1)

Progressive-Foundation

Before addressing specific areas in which we must defeat Progressivism a few general comments are in order.

The Foundation

Contemporary Progressivism is built on a foundation of appalling hubris.  What other conclusion could possibly be drawn for a movement that asserts a unique, definitive claim to moral and intellectual authority?  And this claim is not theoretical, but is rather enforced by intimidation and even overt violence.  The recent series of posts on “Repressive Tolerance” sheds additional light on a mindset that justifies the abrogation of any opinion that exists outside of the Progressive “party line” for any given day (since the party line can change by 180 degrees overnight if necessary to advance their power).

This foundation guarantees that Progressivism is a house “built on sand.”  For the Bible is absolutely clear that there are no humans who are unsullied by Original Sin.  The Apostle Paul sums this all up in his Epistle to the Romans (3:9-12, NIV).

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.  As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”

Perhaps you don’t consider the Apostle Paul to be a credible source on the issue of hubris (!?).  If not then how about Jesus Christ from the Gospel of Luke (18:9-14)

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray,one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

I challenge you to find the difference between the Progressive elites who imagine themselves to be living at the pinnacle of human virtue and this Pharisee.

The fact that there are so many Christians who shamelessly partake of this Progressive hubris is a great embarrassment.  The fact that there are Christian denominations whose leadership bows at this idol is an appalling scandal to the faith.

The fact that the ruling elite class live in this state of pathetic hubris without the slightest understanding of its destructive power exposes our churches, schools and civic institutions as failed, hollow and impotent forces for civilizational survival.  We are currently living in the devastation wrought by this dereliction of duty.

 

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