Can Liberals Reinvent the Christian Paradigm?
By: Christopher G. Adamo
In his July 23, 2007 article entitled â€œLeaving Boomer Conflicts Behind,â€ nationally syndicated columnist Michael Barone makes an amazing statement. After explaining that Hillary is diligently trying to stress her â€œfaithâ€ for all to see, he adds that she â€œhas provided no basis to doubt her sincerity.â€
One has to wonder if the â€œfaithâ€ he is talking about is that represented by her collaboration with her philandering husband as he lied his way through incessant episodes of infidelity, her ability to look a questioner right in the eye and offer her â€œI donâ€™t recallâ€ alibi (in less enlightened time, this was called â€œlyingâ€), or her famous profusion of obscenities and profanities invoked when confronting political adversaries.
At one time or another, Hillary has professed to know what Jesus would do about illegal aliens, promoted Michael Lernerâ€™s new age philosophies presented under the banner of â€œThe Politics of Meaning,â€ and touted her Methodist upbringing (all while being â€œJewishâ€ of course).
Nevertheless, it is easy to infer, both from this statement and from the title of his piece, that Barone and his kind see the defining moral issues of the day as little more than a generational â€œfad,â€ and believe that the political process will be vastly improved once such things are expunged from it. Thus his willingness to accept at least one of Hillaryâ€™s spiritual â€œprofessionsâ€ (though which particular version is anybodyâ€™s guess).
Though it is baffling why people in Baroneâ€™s realm might feel that way, it is inarguable that, among Democrats such a development is enthusiastically welcomed. The Judeo-Christian ethic on which the nation was founded constitutes the unwavering principle of the conservative base. As such it has proven to be the biggest stumbling block to the liberal/Democrat agenda.
Having attempted a frontal assault on the â€œreligious rightâ€ (the name itself commonly invoked as a pejorative) without success, liberals next sought to recast themselves as â€œreligiousâ€ people, invoking â€œGodâ€ and even â€œJesusâ€ in episodes of blatant holy pandering.
Most often, these efforts have likewise backfired, since the underlying contempt with which liberals regard the holy-roller/hayseed constituency is readily visible in the transparent character of their pandering efforts.
The phony nature of such behavior is reminiscent of their on-again, off-again love and devotion to the Second Amendment. Though John Kerry made a very public display of â€œgettinâ€™ a huntin, licenseâ€ (and was that a can of chew in his pocket?) during the 2004 campaign, he was no more convincing than Al Gore in the 2000 presidential debates, offering platitudes and pledges of endearing love and support for the rights of hunters.
The latest strategy among liberals, (and if Baroneâ€™s reaction is any indication, this strategy is meeting with some success), is to recast the entire topic of â€œreligionâ€ so as to be all-inclusive, thus negating it as an electability factor.
As with the liberal ruse of redefining â€œpatriotismâ€ to the point where it can include cheering Islamists while castigating and despising the U.S. Military, the current ploy is to assert a wide and often discordant conglomeration of views and â€œmoralsâ€ as exemplifying â€œreligionâ€ and â€œChristianity.â€
And just as the left now enforces its definition of â€œpatriotismâ€ merely by getting hysterical whenever anyone offers the slightest question of its validity, so will they attempt to entrench their version of â€œthe faithâ€ by hurling loud and venomous accusations of â€œhate and intoleranceâ€ against any who dare to wonder out loud about their sincerity.
As a result, we are currently being treated to an endless parade of God-hating liberals, who promote every vile aspect of the counterculture, but nearly decked out in papal robes. The moment real America ceased laughing at such irony, the liberals became confident that their facade was working, and put it into high gear.
Of late, we have been treated to John Kerryâ€™s deeply felt religious beliefs, Howard Deanâ€™s near canonical spiritual fervor, and of course, not to be outdone, Barack Obamaâ€™s frequent mention of his Chicago church… at least until word got out that its Pastor holds separatist views not seen in mainstream America since the saddest days of segregationism.
More disturbing even than these predictable antics of Democrats who will play any word game necessary to fool the public and gain votes is that several societal forces of nearly tectonic proportions are presently converging in a manner that might facilitate and enable the liberal efforts.
Furthermore, with the help of the â€œmoderateâ€ (and in this case, politically suicidal) wing of the GOP, they just might have an influence in the short term. However, futile Republican efforts to â€œbroaden the baseâ€ by moving left have only ever succeeded in â€œcloudingâ€ the issues, which invariably gives cover to the left.
Meanwhile, much of the Evangelical community in this country is losing its way, and now accepts the poisoning influence of liberal dogmas. Having been battered and castigated in the media, many are tiring of the fight over truly moral issues.
In contrast, the crusade to end global warming and promote â€œsocial justiceâ€ (which is best described as â€œThe Gospel According to Karl Marxâ€) lends such an air of morality to sexual perversion and infanticide. More importantly, they are readily accepted by liberal media and academia.
Dr. Jerry Falwell, a defining influence among Christian Conservatives, is no longer with us. Other key figures are backing away from the formerly prominent roles they played on the social/political scene. Add to this the self-driven life and faith fad that has spread through the Church like a pandemic in recent years, and the situation begins to look grim indeed.
Yet any hopes from the anti-Christian left and mushy â€œcenterâ€ that grassroots conservatives will eventually become compliant are little more than pipe dreams.
While such people will on occasion rally around courageous and dynamic leaders, their loyalties are ultimately planted in something far greater, and far more immovable, than even the most inspiring political advocate. Attempts to shake them from this place will in the long run prove to be futile.
At some point, the political parties may even succeed in unilaterally divesting themselves of Christian principle, but the only â€œbenefitâ€ such action will yield is the departure of their Christian members. When the word games have passed, and the campaign ploys have run their sordid course, right and wrong will remain unchanged, and the truly faithful will continue to contend for the good of America.
â€œBlessed is the nation whose God is the Lordâ€ (Psalm 33:12a)
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer and staff writer for the New Media Alliance. He lives in southeastern Wyoming. He has been active in local and state politics for many years. His contact information and archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com
Christopher G. Adamo has been active in Wyoming politics for many years and is a managing partner in Best American Buy (www.bestamericanbuy.com), an e-commerce business that markets American made products including the incomparable Abigail Adams Bedspread Set from Bates Mills. Contact information for Chris Adamo, and his archives, can be found at www.chrisadamo.com