Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The March To Moral Madness

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The Republican Party seems to be marching away from our Founding principles and biblical Christian values that the party affirms in their platform, but denies in their actions.

Their latest blueprint to success, "The Growth And Opportunity Project" released yesterday, affirms that politics is more important than principle, relativism is making an impact on the Grand Old Party and they are reading tea leaves rather than facts.

They are marching toward moral madness, and they're insisting we join the parade.


The March To Nowhere---Conflicted Moral Confusion

If this march continues, millions of evangelicals, Catholics and conservatives will skip the parade, because it is becoming a moral charade.

The RNC's project committee reported that "there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and rights of gays...and for many young voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be."

They said, "If the Party is not 'welcoming' and 'inclusive,' young people and other voters will continue to tune us out."

Is using demographics the path to principles and values? Is this how we discover what we believe? And who we are?

That is the hallmark of the progressive movement---not people of faith and conservatives.

While well meaning words, "welcoming" and "inclusive" have become the favorite buzz words for activists who seek to redefine marriage, family and the culture.

Could these folks be blinded by their own moral evolution? Or are the use of these kinds of words intentional?

They are reading the polls that show a movement toward redefining marriage---some polls more than others, and using that as a compass for the future and as a reason to change their values.

Here's what they are ignoring.

The most recent ABC poll is among the most favorable to those seeking to redefine marriage and family.

However, it also shows that 59% of all Republicans oppose same-sex marriage. And among conservative Republicans, 71% oppose it. Conservative Republicans make up the majority of the Republican Party.

If they pick up a few confused progressives, will that replace the exodus of conservatives their actions are certain to produce?

And how far left do they feel they need to go to get progressives to vote for "moderate" Republicans?

If we are "moderate" enough, do we really think we can fool people into thinking we're liberals or progressives?

They are conflicted morally and politically.

The March To Moral Madness.

I guess you could call it a "gay pride march" of sorts.

I wasn't surprised when Hillary Clinton came out officially last week in support of same-sex marriage. As expected, she said this is the most important civil right of our time.

Keep in mind there is a significant difference between ethnicity and a chosen sexual behavior.

Obama, Biden, Bill Clinton and the host of other Democrats that have come out in support of same-sex marriage didn't surprise me either. That's what secular progressives do. They test the political winds, then profess their deeply held values and convictions.

Rob Portman, however, was a bit of a surprise when he announced he has "evolved" on marriage, just like President Obama. His credentials as a conservative and as a Christian were seen as pretty strong---he has been considered as a vice-presidential candidate.

He said his previous views on marriage were rooted in his Methodist faith and his change of heart came "as a result of the Bible's overarching themes of love and compassion."

He also announced that his son "came-out" in 2011 as someone who practices homosexual behavior.

That certainly would be devastating for most any parent. But are feelings a basis to change one's deeply held biblical beliefs and values? And does the Bible's teaching on love and compassion some how nullify its teaching on homosexual behavior?

Can one not love a person, while rejecting their sin?

Vice President Dick Cheney, whose younger daughter is a lesbian, has responded in a similar way.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said this last week, "What is clear is that we are witnessing a pretty significant sociological shift in this country."

He said, "It's happening right before our eyes in a way that says a lot about our country, that we are a country where we prioritize equality and fairness."

Indeed it does say a lot about our country.

We are marching toward moral madness, making up truth and values as we go, in lockstep with the drumbeat of the secular progressive movement that controls public education and now wants to control public policy, public discourse and the federal government.

In free flowing relativism, who decides what is "equal?" Who decides what is "fair?"

The elite decide.

The Growth Project committee lamented in their report that "young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents."

It isn't only "young voters" who are rolling their eyes.

Republican political consultant Ford O'Connell says the Party is really serious about making changes before the next presidential election.

He said, "Republicans are really reading the tea leaves" in their attempt to chart the course.

Indeed they are. It appears they are also reading palms and drawing tarot cards from the deck.

We need leadership.

If the GOP wants to win, stop running from our values. The present leadership continues to mandate the idea of becoming more moderate. The 2012 election was not a mandate for anything. Both 2004 and 2010 were mandates.

What 2012 shows us is that Romney got fewer votes than John McCain. The GOP is running the wrong candidates.

Politically, we must stop running from our values.

Spiritually, we've got to stop talking about values only at election time in our churches. We must start teaching and preaching biblical principles and values---a biblical worldview, all the time and as needed relate that truth to our culture and the moral issues of our culture.

If pastors don't lead, who will? Who should lead? Barack Obama? Mitt Romney? Joe Biden? Rush Limbaugh?

God help us.

12 comments:

  1. Gary, you're right, as usual.

    “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the Church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.” Charles G. Finney, Power From On High, Chapter 11 (c. 1871-1874)

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  2. Marriage Equality will be legal in all 50 states in a few short months!
    garry randall is IRRELEVANT!

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    1. You'll be IRRELEVANT for eternity if you don't confess and repent.

      Homosexuality will never be moral even if legal. Same as prostitution.

      Craig In Lacey

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  3. Years ago, when a majority of Americans opposed same-sex marriage, this site and others insisted that politicians follow the will of the people. Now that a majority of Americans supports same-sex marriage, this site is insisting that politicians ignore the will of the people.

    Despite the hypocrisy, the logic is faulty. Gary sites a recent poll that shows 58% of Americans in favor of same-sex marriage, but that 59% percent of Republicans continue to oppose it. What he leaves out, however, is that the Republican party has shrunk down to 27% of the population – only the most ardent conservatives remain. It’s no wonder the Republican party remains opposed to same-sex marriage! The Republicans who have come to support it are leaving the party.

    In order to win an election, Republicans will have to convince 32% of Independents and / or Democrats to come to their side – that’s 1/3 of every non-Republican out there -- and these groups overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage. The Republican leadership sees the writing on the wall, even if Gary and others like him are willing to go down on a sinking ship.

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    1. The Republicans will go down because they don't legislate morally, they legislate to stay in office. As Gary said, they're all becoming a parody, clouds without rain. I have never identified as a Republican, nor will I. I'm a conservative and will vote for those who actually mean what they say and do it, regardless of the political cost to themselves.

      Craig In Lacey

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  4. Please purge your institution of all pedophiles before passing judgment on others. You have no moral standing left at this point.

    Jenna in Seattle

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  5. Jenna,
    I understand your anger with the Catholic Church, but I'm sure Pope Francis will purge the Church as you say. I don't know what you mean by "your institution." Gary is not Catholic and would never associate with known pedophiles.

    Respectfully,

    GMAN

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  6. The Christian-conservative-religious right has been trusting in "the arm of the flesh," that is, politics, political power, influence, a seat at the table and the hope of winning at the ballot box, as though wresting the reins of power away from our political foes is what will save us. At first the Christian right only looked to political power a little bit and only made small compromises in order to seek it. Then we compromised a little more and a little more in order to "win." Now we are willing to suffer the likes of McCain, Romney or even Mr. McKenna here closer to home, not because they represent a single Biblical value or Constitutional principle that the Christian right originally sought to preserve, but because they're not the Democrat and we're told "they can win."

    Winning at the ballot box and seizing the reins of political power has become the obsession of "the right." With few exceptions, the Christian right appears to now be trusting exclusively in "the arm of the flesh" (political power) as our hope of salvation from those who we view as our foes. It isn't surprising to me that these same Christians and members of the political right would choose people to head their favored political party who, under the influence of the same spirit of trusting in politics and winning at the ballot box to save them, would now abandon anything that the latest polling data indicates stands in the way of "victory." It also will not surprise me when, in a future election cycle, Christians accept this current move of the Republican Party leadership as being necessary to beat the evil and dreaded liberal Democrats - Democrats who 20 years ago would not have dared to suggest half the debauchery, depravity, departure from Biblical values and rejection of Constitutional principles that are now practiced with regularity by the Republican Party.

    Even if the current strategy of divesting themselves of all the virtues that they thought they were fighting to protect were to garner conservatives a victory at the ballot box, they need not think for a moment that it will actually restore any state of blessing in the land. God has said that the man who makes flesh his arm is cursed (Jer 17:5). This may go a long way toward explaining how it can be that even though the Christian-conservative-religious right has won at the ballot box and held the balance of power in our land at least half the time over the last quarter century, not one tenet of conservatism has ever been implemented; not one act of debauchery has been replaced with a Biblical standard of morality; not one unconstitutional agency or program has been eliminated; and not one lost liberty has been regained.

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  7. The Christian-conservative-religious right has been trusting in "the arm of the flesh," that is, politics, political power, influence, a seat at the table and the hope of winning at the ballot box, as though wresting the reins of power away from our political foes is what will save us. At first the Christian right only looked to political power a little bit and only made small compromises in order to seek it. Then we compromised a little more and a little more in order to "win." Now we are willing to suffer the likes of McCain, Romney or even Mr. McKenna here closer to home, not because they represent a single Biblical value or Constitutional principle that the Christian right originally sought to preserve, but because they're not the Democrat and we're told "they can win."

    Winning at the ballot box and seizing the reins of political power has become the obsession of "the right." With few exceptions, the Christian right appears to now be trusting exclusively in "the arm of the flesh" (political power) as our hope of salvation from those who we view as our foes. It isn't surprising to me that these same Christians and members of the political right would choose people to head their favored political party who, under the influence of the same spirit of trusting in politics and winning at the ballot box to save them, would now abandon anything that the latest polling data indicates stands in the way of "victory." It also will not surprise me when, in a future election cycle, Christians accept this current move of the Republican Party leadership as being necessary to beat the evil and dreaded liberal Democrats - Democrats who 20 years ago would not have dared to suggest half the debauchery, depravity, departure from Biblical values and rejection of Constitutional principles that are now practiced with regularity by the Republican Party.

    Even if the current strategy of divesting themselves of all the virtues that they thought they were fighting to protect were to garner conservatives a victory at the ballot box, they need not think for a moment that it will actually restore any state of blessing in the land. God has said that the man who makes flesh his arm is cursed (Jer 17:5). This may go a long way toward explaining how it can be that even though the Christian-conservative-religious right has won at the ballot box and held the balance of power in our land at least half the time over the last quarter century, not one tenet of conservatism has ever been implemented; not one act of debauchery has been replaced with a Biblical standard of morality; not one unconstitutional agency or program has been eliminated; and not one lost liberty has been regained.

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    1. Amen, it is foolish to trust in man.

      Craig in Lacey

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  8. The Christian-conservative-religious right has been trusting in "the arm of the flesh," that is, politics, political power, influence, a seat at the table and the hope of winning at the ballot box, as though wresting the reins of power away from our political foes is what will save us. At first the Christian right only looked to political power a little bit and only made small compromises in order to seek it. Then we compromised a little more and a little more in order to "win." Now we are willing to suffer the likes of McCain, Romney or even Mr. McKenna here closer to home, not because they represent a single Biblical value or Constitutional principle that the Christian right originally sought to preserve, but because they're not the Democrat and we're told "they can win."

    Winning at the ballot box and seizing the reins of political power has become the obsession of "the right." With few exceptions, the Christian right appears to now be trusting exclusively in "the arm of the flesh" (political power) as our hope of salvation from those who we view as our foes. It isn't surprising to me that these same Christians and members of the political right would choose people to head their favored political party who, under the influence of the same spirit of trusting in politics and winning at the ballot box to save them, would now abandon anything that the latest polling data indicates stands in the way of "victory." It also will not surprise me when, in a future election cycle, Christians accept this current move of the Republican Party leadership as being necessary to beat the evil and dreaded liberal Democrats - Democrats who 20 years ago would not have dared to suggest half the debauchery, depravity, departure from Biblical values and rejection of Constitutional principles that are now practiced with regularity by the Republican Party.

    Even if the current strategy of divesting themselves of all the virtues that they thought they were fighting to protect were to garner conservatives a victory at the ballot box, they need not think for a moment that it will actually restore any state of blessing in the land. God has said that the man who makes flesh his arm is cursed (Jer 17:5). This may go a long way toward explaining how it can be that even though the Christian-conservative-religious right has won at the ballot box and held the balance of power in our land at least half the time over the last quarter century, not one tenet of conservatism has ever been implemented; not one act of debauchery has been replaced with a Biblical standard of morality; not one unconstitutional agency or program has been eliminated; and not one lost liberty has been regained.


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