The Pitiful Plight of the Progressives :: by Gene Lawley

So-called “progressives,” I must rush to say, and in reality, they are “regressive” in their ultimate goal that their philosophies and policies would lead them.

How is that? Well, there are two opposing factions in the world—moral and immoral, good and evil, godly and ungodly, righteous and unrighteous, legal and illegal. Can you think of any more such contrary positions? These two opposing positions have their supportive followers, and the Scriptures tell us where the point of division rests. Look at Romans 3:10-18 for a description of one side of the stand-off:

As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.

They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”

“Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit;”
The poison of asps is under their lips”
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
 destruction and misery are in their ways;
and the way of peace they have not known.”
There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

These are all quotes from the Psalms and Isaiah, not a New Testament idea that Paul dreamed  up. Has the indictment taken on a better cast in the centuries since this was recorded by Paul? Honestly, no. The opposing viewpoint is found in Proverbs 9:10, centering on the “fear of God” concept:

Compare that last verse in the quote from Romans 3 above, with this proverb and think of what it implies: “Real wisdom is not present when there is no fear of God—no respect for His sovereignty over all things.”

 Why is that? The description of God’s wisdom in James 3:17 may be helpful:

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

The Amplified Bible version of the verse expands those words from the Greek more vividly:

“But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile].”

It is a painful thing to watch a hard-core progressive liberal be interviewed on a Fox News program. The host can hardly get his or her questions stated for the over-riding, incessant chatterbox of the guest. It’s as if letting the host talk would be an infringement upon their existence, or certainly, on their self-affirmed intellectual dominance.

What is it that drives those people to ravage and destroy their own neighborhoods in rebellion and protests against the very changes that would bring them a better life? If they get what they claim they want—less law enforcement, open borders, no drug controls—the United States would lose its sovereignty and no longer be a nation. If that happens, there goes their government welfare checks, their free food stamps, their free medical services. Is there no common sense, at least?

There is another proverb that speaks to this issue very well, and especially to those who lead those of this mindset, once again in the Amplified Bible:

“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained, but happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]” (Proverbs 29:18).

It seems to me that any reasonable thinking person can see that those eight years of the Obama Administration were filled with a concerted drive to bring America down to nothing.

The fact that I have been repeating many times of President Obama’s casual, off-the-cuff comment at the Annual Correspondents’ Dinner last April 30, 2016, that “The end of the Republic has never looked better,” tells a hidden story. He really believed, then, that Hillary Clinton already had the presidential election wrapped up. What a surprise on November 8!

God does not respond to Man’s contrived circumstances; He creates the circumstances! (Even for the winners.)

The list of contrived failures and the destruction of the nation’s military, economy, infrastructure, social order, increase in impoverished citizens—indicated by the increases in food stamp recipients and increase in out-of-work welfare recipients—decreased prominence in foreign affairs, relations with Israel, as well as the obvious sympathetic attitude toward radical Islamic terrorism.

What did Henry Kissinger mean when he said of president-elect Barack Obama?: “He has been primed to lead us into a New World Order.”

That question I have asked over and over again since 2008. Yet no one has offered to take up the issue. It makes me wonder just who and how many there are who have no vision of the future and are playing both sides of the spectrum for their own self-interests. It is clear that their thoughts do not include thoughts of their eternal destiny.

Since there are only two controlling forces in the world, good and evil, God and Satan (as I mentioned earlier), then we have to conclude that the driving force behind this faction of the population is the force of evil. But I am not saying that all of the “good guys” do not fall under the pull of self-interest and impure motives.

The big picture is spelled out in Revelation 13:1-2 where John sees over the expanse of centuries all of the kingdoms that have risen and fallen until the one in which he is living, the Roman kingdom. Note what he declares is the driving force in those kingdoms through all of them, as well as that seventh head or kingdom that was in John’s future:

“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”

In the prior chapter (not separated as such in John’s original writing), the dragon is identified as “a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems [crowns] on his heads” (Revelation 12:3). Note that he is a vital part of every head, or kingdom.  It is clear who owns those kingdoms, for when the devil tempted Jesus (Matthew 4 and Luke 4), they were his to give if only Jesus would bow down and worship him.

It is no wonder, then, that the resistance, the protests against law and order, moral integrity, fair and equal justice would be rejected by those under the control of the dragon. His goal is toward that New World Order, the one-world government of which he will become the eighth head (Revelation 17:10-11).

Otherwise, it makes no sense that apparently decent people, in many respects, would exhibit such hatred for anyone or any movement that would restore the well-being and dignity of their lives.  It is as if that element of our society has lost all mental self-control and is moved by a strange, mysterious worldwide force.

The clear distinction between the two opposing entities, Jesus and the devil, is made in John 10:10, where it is obvious who is the thief:

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”   

But our goal, the goal of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, is “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). And what a wonderful goal that is!

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