Thursday, September 17, 2009

Carter's Comments on Joe Wilson---A New Truth

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Carter's Comments on Joe Wilson -- A New Truth

Former President Jimmy Carter has called Rep. Joe Wilson a racist.

He said of Wilson's "You lie" statement toward President Obama, "Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate---it's deeper than that."

While Mr. Carter is analyzing Mr. Wilson, one can take a closer look at why and how Carter would come to that conclusion, when the evidence is to the contrary.

President Carter's response seems to echo that of many in the homosexual activist community.

There is commonality in this. It is the emerging "new truth."

First, Carter is wrong on Wilson. You would expect Wilson's family to support him and they do. His son, Alan, an Iraq veteran, says he grew up with his dad and, "There is not a racist bone in his body." The son says his dad does not even laugh at questionable jokes on that subject.

You may take more notice of how the former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman defines him. Dick Harpootlian, who says he has known Wilson for decades, said he thought Wilson's outburst was "asinine," but said, "I don't think Joe's outburst was caused by President Obama being African-American."

Certainly, respect for the office of the President is an issue in all this, but what about character assassination? Carter is essentially doing what he is accusing someone else of doing. And let's say he sincerely believes it and isn't just trying to destroy someone. How does he get to that place when the facts say otherwise?

There are homosexual activists who seek to destroy anyone who does not affirm, embrace and celebrate their lifestyle and agenda. Perhaps some are simply vicious and don't care, however, I think there are those who deeply believe what they believe and know it is true because they believe it. Therefore, anyone who does not agree, really are bigots and haters in their minds.

Relativism has given credence to this kind of thinking and these kinds of character judgements.

The so-called "progressive," has exchanged absolute truths based on biblical teaching---right and wrong, for a belief that no moral universal standard exists. They believe intrinsic, ethical judgements exist only in abstract, differing with each person making the judgement.

Simply stated: If I believe something to be true, it is true because I believe it. There is no higher authority.

If I believe you are a racist, you are. If I believe you are bigoted, you are.

While Joe Wilson's response to the President clearly represents the feelings of many across this country, Carter's response to Wilson likely reflects the emergence of so-called "new truth"---moral relativism.

Social constructionism says that society is built on countless human choices rather than laws resulting from Divine will. Social constructionism or so-called progressivism, says reality in our culture is produced by people acting on their own beliefs, knowledge and interpretations.

This belief has led President Obama and others to declare that our Constitution is a "living document" and can mean different things at different times, depending on who is interpreting it. This belief system leads to the view that all reality is rooted in consensus and in the end, every person becomes a law unto themselves.

This belief has devastating effects on the core cultural issues of life, marriage and family. It leads people to on one hand, claim the Christian faith, while on the other, deny the fundamental biblical teachings of the faith they claim.

This belief also stands in opposition to the beliefs held by our Founding Fathers, which gave them the courage to declare independence and fight a Revolutionary War, giving rise to the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Their contrasting beliefs held that our rights came from the Creator, our laws were drawn from eternal biblical law and truth was based on biblical truth. In the Declaration of Independence, they appealed to the, "Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions."

The growing dissent in our country may be based on differences of opinion on political issues, but it is rooted in differences of core beliefs. I believe the national debate (and local) will become less partisan and more principle based in coming elections. Those who get that, will be elected. Those who do not, will not. The time of the so-called moderate may be gone---if it ever existed.

A belief in God and the Bible as a moral compass has given us great national blessing. A stand to protect and defend those beliefs is a worthy cause. And those seeking public office who hold those beliefs are a worthy candidate.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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