It’s said much of today’s liberalism is the epitome of a closed mind!
In my opinion, much of the debate isn’t about ideas, it’s about power. A power that shouts down someone else’s ideas if there’s the slightest deviation from their definition of tolerance.
Kim Holmes, a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation calls it “The Closing of the Liberal Mind” in his new book of that same title.
If there’s no open sharing of ideas in our colleges and universities and certainly in our churches—what are we left with?
Kim Holmes says, “What we have is nothing less than . . . intolerance championed in the name of tolerance, closed-mindedness in the name of open-mindedness, and hatred in the name of compassion. It’s double-think, and the deception is precisely the danger.”
What is it the Scripture says? “Wolves in sheep’s clothing!”
When you advocate for “social justice”—make sure you know what you’re talking about!
There’s a distinction between so-called “social justice”—which is, “I want the government to take from you”—and authentic “biblical justice”—where people are to be treated equally under the law—out of love for God—willingly, lovingly, and generously providing for their neighbor.
The vast number of references in Scripture to loving the poor are not about government taking wealth away from the rich—but are overwhelmingly about God’s compelling people to provide for others. Voluntarily. Cheerfully!
Biblical justice is rooted in the transformational love of God impacting the human heart, to truly love one’s neighbor, especially the poor, the widow and the orphan!
As the people of God, let’s act like the people of God.
Let’s love our neighbor as we love ourselves!
To the politically correct, calling evil for what it is—has become hate speech?
As hate crimes become more and more an article of justice, anything that motivates those crimes must of necessity also be evil and subject to criminal prosecution.
So much for our First Amendment right of freedom of speech!
And politically correct hate speech in recent years—is anything that goes against libertine sexual practices or other self-destructive decisions.
Preaching God’s Word includes calling evil for what it is, warning people of the consequences of sin—for their own good.
Political correctness twists this offer of hope into hatred.
A return to equal justice for all, without preferential treatment to politically correct groups, is the standard God has given for the benefit of us all.
It’s to this standard we need to hold our government accountable!
The Bible never explicitly says debt is forbidden—but it does issue clear warnings against its dangers!
As a debtor nation, we become the servant to the nations from which we borrow; and our children and grandchildren the slaves of those who own their financial notes.
The biblical lesson is this. James 4:14 warns us that “we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.”
So being presumptuous on the future can have a devastating impact on us as a nation and as families.
No country has the authority to take money that people need to provide for their own families, while the government with ‘stolen money” squanders it on useless and counterproductive activities.
Wise investment is praised, as Jesus Himself taught in the Parable of the Talents.
But squandering wealth is never biblically promoted or encouraged!
Our 20 trillion dollar debt should cause us grave concern!
And yes, I’m talking to those of us who call ourselves Christian!
Our nation follows a largely capitalist system undermined by socialistic welfare programs. And now we find ourselves on the brink of national bankruptcy, created in part, by a “crony” system where government picks winners and losers by granting contracts, manipulating laws, and bailing out failing businesses.
It undermines natural checks and balances within a free market that makes it work.
Government has a role in overseeing business and enforcing criminal laws, but for that to work, it must remain fair and neutral; not forced or coerced!
What we need is an opportunity for a distinctly Judeo-Christian framework and a government that will follow its constitutional limitations to allow citizens to be free to create, in the image of God.
Capitalism defined within the framework of biblical principle is . . . ingenious!
The capitalism I’m advocating is one that’s hemmed in and with the parameters of Judeo-Christian values—honesty, forthrightness, integrity, and openness.
Utilitarianism—that idea or whatever seems best for the most form of capitalism is inherently anti-biblical.
But the desire to work hard, be as creative as one can, gaining from one’s labors is good, right, biblical and God-honoring.
But intrinsic to an economic construct like capitalism is an acceptable moral framework to govern personal actions and decisions. Without a biblically moral base to guide and restrain human nature, any economic system will eventually rot!
Jeremiah said, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand?”
Capitalism itself isn’t selfish, but the heart behind it can be!