Well, it looks like I lost a friend. I disagreed with him and he labeled me a Nazi. I suspect I’m not alone. I have known many liberals through the years. Everything goes great until politics comes up and then you become the embodiment of evil because you cannot agree with them. Through those relationships and what we witness in our culture today, I have come to see modern day progressive liberalism as a profoundly destructive force. People who fall under its sway seem to lose the ability to have true dialogue with others. Otherwise intelligent people completely lose the ability to have an intelligent conversation about current events or politics with people who have different points of view. In their mind there is only one point of view. Theirs.
It’s a bit of an irony. Liberals today like to talk about tolerance and open mindedness. But what they mean is that everyone must embrace their views of life. Anyone who disagrees is essentially labeled an enemy – and treated as such. I was accused of being a Nazi. That’s no small accusation to make against someone. Why was I labeled that? Because I refuse to jump on the progressive liberal accusation train that is desperately trying to label anyone who supports president Trump as a Nazi.
What’s the proof that Trump, and by association, Republicans who refuse to join the “resistance” to Trump, are Nazi’s. Apparently the small group of sad racists who label themselves White Nationalists (KKK members, Neo Nazi’s and the like) who came out to protest the removal of the General Robert E. Lee Statue. Never mind the fact that they have nothing to do with the real Republican party, or hold positions of influence in the Republican party, or in any party for that matter, or who have a growing movement that might be able to take over the Republican party. The reality is that they are nobodies, associated with nobodies, and who have no influence over anyone, anywhere accept maybe in their little club. And let’s be clear – their views are disgusting and are as un-American as they come. But, never letting an opportunity to slip by, our liberal friends are attempting to make this people to be something they simply are not. Disagree with them, then you must be characterized as a war mongering, holocaust producing, genocidal murderers who, by implication, must be destroyed.
On a side note, it’s interesting to note that the march was supposed to be a nationwide call to all similar thinking White Nationalists. I think a little more than two-hundred showed up. If they had any self-respect they would have seen that for what it is. Two-hundred people can hardly be called a movement. But, what’s more pathetic? that they showed up to protest the statue removal, or that the Antifa crowd showed up to use the pitiful white nationalist march as on opportunity to wage war against president Trump and fellow Republicans – further dividing this country? And that the media was there enmass to report on the events? And that the police were told not to interfere (by like-minded liberals) – even as violence broke out? There were more protesters who showed up to protest the white nationalists than there were white nationalists – and they showed up with means to start a big fight. And, tragically, they were successful. Lives were lost. What began as a small, very small, protest to the statue issue, was turned into a national spectacle by the Antifa, progressive liberal crowd. But, we are to believe, conservatives are to blame!
So, the liberals show up to start a fight and then label as a Nazi anyone who does not believe the lie that the White Nationalist movement are the leading voice of the Republican Party – led by Trump. The reality is that those people are of no political consequence. They are vile, evil people who speak for no one but themselves (all two-hundred of them). But, what is of consequence is that our liberal friends have become de facto fascists. They are no different today than the Brown Shirts of the 30’s or of the Nazi party of the same time. Those were the people who used violence to intimidate and silence their opponents – and they were successful. The real danger is that we have a portion of the population who are aping the tactics of the fascists of the 30s and they don’t even know it (maybe they do?). What we are seeing from the progressive liberal side is no different than what Germany experienced when the Nazi’s rose to power. This is a real danger that is putting our nation at risk. These people deny others their right to free speech and believe that violently attacking and accusing others is a legitimate political tool – just what the Nazi’s and Brown shirts did. Just look at the riots at Berkley. They were caused solely because the fascists didn’t like the speakers who were invited to speak. They tore the place apart and attacked the guests of the school. A woman who was a guest speaker had to be taken to a hospital. They sprayed mace in people’s faces, they hit people with bats, broke windows, started fires, and created an atmosphere of chaos. And the police there did nothing as well. That same scenario has been repeated everywhere the progressive liberals show up.
America has a problem. And it won’t go away by ignoring it. I saw a book a couple of years ago by an author entitled something to the effect of, “Stop the Coming Civil War.” I thought it was a joke. Today I am not so sure. I don’t think there is a true conservative who wants that. But, I am convinced that the left wing fascists do. They want blood, and they will use whatever opportunity they can to start the fight. But how do right minded people respond? In the past the suggestion would be to start a conversation and reason with people. But, unfortunately, having a reasonable argument or discussion with a progressive liberal is no longer possible. Why? Because of how progressive liberals think.
I have noticed a painful trend in how the left approaches an argument or disagreement. First, they begin the conversation with profound self-righteous indignation. That’s their starting point. They are offended that someone might hold a different point of view. As a result they stand upon a platform of judgment and rail against the supposed offense. To even be in the presence of such ideas is to be defiled. They cannot tolerate such an experience. Obviously, the ability to dialogue with them dies right there. Second, from that vantage point, they descend into vicious ad hominem attacks against your person. They begin with belittling remarks and quickly graduate to outright slander and vile name calling. Third, during all this, they simply refuse to acknowledge a single point you make. It does not matter how sound an argument, or what evidence is brought to bear, nothing that contradicts the progressive liberal faith-based talking points is admissible to the conversation. And, it must be noted, only they are allowed to decide what admissible evidence is or what constitutes an argument. If they decide that it’s not, then it simply does not exist. As they dismiss everything and anything that inconveniently challenges their faith-based view of reality, they act as though everything they say is of the most profound significance. And they are appalled that you don’t see that. Next, now that they have dismissed anything their opponent has said, and while they are still engaged in their ad hominem diatribe, they begin to construct a caricature of their opponent that makes them worthy of dismissal, attacks, and even outright violence.
This has been my personal experience with every progressive liberal I know. There has not been a deviation from this tactic. And while some give greater weight to one aspect of the above strategy than another, the reality is that they all engage the argument the same basic way. And, it should be noted, every point above was observed through personal discussions (if you can call them that) throughout the years. True dialogue with such people is simply not possible.
Unfortunately, the end point (violence against all dissenting opinions) is becoming the norm in our Leftist Fascist circles today. The left has come to believe that they have a moral obligation to engage in violence against those with whom they disagree. They openly admit that now. Violence from the left, however, is nothing new. The greatest leftist politicians of all time, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Adolf Hitler (yes he was on the political left) just to name a few, killed over one-hundred million people in the 20th century alone. Tragically, those ideologies that led to such disaster were never overthrown. Instead, they were rebranded and given new names and characterized differently – but they never really changed. They first took root in the entertainment industry and then found a comfortable home in American Universities. They quietly sought to bring their revolution to America from within. Their primary area of operations has been the education establishment. They have been quietly growing in influence over the last several decades. Somewhere in the 80s, as they gained momentum, they became more vocal and no longer hid who they really were. Today, believing they have the strategic high ground as they are now in control of the levers of power and cultural influence, they are now showing their true colors as they are seeking to use violence as a legitimate means to overthrow anyone who will not bow to their ideology.
This is where we are at. The people who America must fear are not the ones who crawled out from their little hovels to protest a statue begin taken down. The ones that should be feared are the progressive liberals who now are looking to bring their revolution to maturity. Violence is their method. A liberal totalitarian state is their goal – and, make no mistake, the death of Christianity their dream.
Christians need to be on guard. In response Christians can be swept up into a political fervor and find themselves embracing ideas and ways of thinking that are contrary to God’s revealed will. Satan builds intellectual strongholds that lead us to think in ways contrary to what God desires of His people. The Bible talks about intellectual strongholds that defy God and seek to replace the true knowledge of God with something else (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). It commands Christians to allow God’s truth to demolish those strongholds and replace them with truth. We are to “Destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” The only prescription to falsehood and deception is truth. As Christians there is the danger that we compartmentalize our life. Being a Christian isn’t just about believing certain things about God. Being a Christian is one who follows Christ. When we follow Him, He teaches us to think differently than the world.
The above strategy about how progressives engage those who disagree with them should never be the way Christians think or respond to those who act that way. Quite frankly, such thinking is demonic to the core. The very nature of such a strategy is meant oppress, intimidate, and terrorize others. We can believe in God, but if we are engaging others with such a strategy, then we are serving Satan.
As followers of Christ we must learn to think as God does. There is nothing easy about learning to think differently than the world. It takes time, dedication to the Word, and commitment to obeying it. The Bible says that we are to “be renewed in the spirit of our mind” (Eph 4:23).
I don’t know the all the answers to the problems we find ourselves in as a nation. Smarter people are needed for that. But, the church must respond. The church has sidelined itself for far too long. Despite our large numbers we are not impacting our nation for Jesus Christ as we were meant to. So I offer some ideas for the church.
- Fall in love with God again. That was His idea all along. We can’t become a pawn of the world and its influences if our first love is Him.
- Believe the gospel and let it change you. Christ did not come to make us better people. He came to make us completely new. He did not come to repair us but to make us a new creation in Christ
- Allow that change to begin with how you think. Allow God’s truth to change your understanding of the world, life, and our place in it. Read the Word. Believe the Word. Live the Word.
- Resist falsehoods at every level. Begin with the falsehoods in your own life. Find them. Let the Word of God reveal and expose them. Then do not be afraid to expose the strongholds in the world.
- Do not be silent any more. Our silence has witnessed the death of sixty-million babies, a full blown assault on the family, a complete revolution in our national ethics, and the near death experience of righteousness (just to name a few).
- Do not be afraid. The Bible says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
- Love your enemies.
- Do not attack when threatened.
- Turn the other cheek. Show the world a different way. Always offer the right hand of fellowship to would be enemies. Maybe their militant views will relent in the face of someone who comes as a friend.
- Never lose hope. Do not despair or give up. The power of God can prevail. But the church is the instrument through which it will and must prevail.
- Believe that change is possible. The violent agitators do not have to be the ones setting the agenda. Then act on that belief by bringing the truth, righteousness, and love of God to bear on a troubled nation.
None of these are political solutions. I think that has been the churches problem far too long. Politics does not offer hope. Only Christ does. And only to the degree we begin to reveal Christ can we expect to see change.
America is at a true cross roads. It’s time for the church to show which path to take.