The religious fault-line in the political divide

by Kelly Knight, 8/13/2012

It is said that the two things one should never discuss in a social setting are politics and religion.  However, with the current political climate, one cannot help but see that the political divide is widening, and from my perspective it is largely because of religion.  Liberals, progressives, socialists, Democrats by and large have become the religion of secularism, and though there may be those who believe that one can be a strong and faithful religious person and maintain affiliation with the left, they are disillusioned.  Abortion on demand, the morning after pill, same-sex marriage, and the erosion of agency are all tenets of the Democrat Platform, and those who descent from this platform are outcast for heresy.  Truly, one cannot be a devoted and avowed Democrat and liberal, and maintain any individual belief that varies from the principles and ordinances of the liberal left.  The principles: wealth redistribution and cradle-to-grave care by a nanny-state.  The ordinances: abortion on demand and same-sex marriage.

Life and liberty have been swallowed up in the liberal ideals of what the pursuit of happiness means.  For a liberal, the pursuit of happiness takes on two forms.  First, happiness is found in taking from the wealthy producers and redistributing that wealth to the will-work-nots-and-thus-have-not’s.  Second, the pursuit of happiness is found in destroying the freedom of others to believe as they wish in the name of tolerance and justice, ala the homosexual agenda.  One must subscribe to and embrace same-sex marriage and homosexuality, or face dire consequences.

Finally, the liberal left seeks to destroy the agency of all within its sphere of influence through over-regulation, oppressive taxation, and burdensome mandates such as the Affordable Healthcare Act.  We are no longer free to choose whether or not we have healthcare; it is mandated that every person be insured or face government sanctions in the form of taxation and financial penalty.  This ideology is not in our founding document, the Constitution, and is not the right of the federal government to mandate.

On the other side of the aisle, the conservative voice seeks to restore liberty, self-governance, and opportunity by placing limits on government, reducing taxation, and easing regulation.  These efforts lead to increased agency on the part of the citizens of this great Nation, and the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness free of the aforementioned burdens.  This ideology is the very reason this nation came into existence; the Puritans and others seeking freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience, and not to be required to worship in the State religion.

It is my opinion that one cannot be a true Christian and believe in the ethics of work, obedience, choice, accountability, and charity while embracing the doctrines of the progressive left, which seek to destroy these foundational tenets.  For example, one cannot be charitable with one’s own money in nurturing the poor and needy if the government confiscates those funds through excessive taxation to give to the poor.  One no longer needs to work when welfare is so readily available, even to the able-bodied.  It is true, that we are obligated to care for those who are unable to care for themselves, or to provide temporary relief to those who have fallen on hard times.  But is not pure Christianity, and charity better equipped to this calling than government?  For a civil society to grow and prosper, every able-bodied person should put forth every effort to provide his or her own way, and for that of his or her children, and to give freely of his or her means to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

It is a religious battle that is brewing between those on the left who believe that all good comes from government, and thus a secular religious philosophy that calls for dependence on the governing class, and those on the right who accept that all good comes from God, that we are ultimately dependent on Him for all that we have.  Government seeks to diminish the wealthy and give to the poor in the name of justice, while God seeks to elevate all through principles of industry (Adam was to work by the sweat of his brow for his daily bread) and charity (Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan).

Kelly Knight is editor of Knightly Report, and has been featured in From the Pulpit in the Shelby County Reporter, Shelby County, Alabama.

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  • David  On August 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Well said Kelly.

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