The Family Research Council is a bit pissy with the SPLC. All I know is I am not going to condemn any group of people as “sinners” worthy of being shunned. Christ really annoyed the religious class in Judea by hanging with tax collectors and sinners instead of the “pure”. I think there is a lesson in this for us. Christ loved the sinner but hated the sin. I think that alleged “Christian” groups have been hoisted on their own petard because they appear to have forgotten this.
After all, God loved the world so much He gave His only begotten Son. Whoever believed in Him does not perish, but has eternal life.
If God can love a miserable sinner like me, if the only pure and holy person who ever lived could give His life that I might live, then I think I’d better treat people with a little bit of love and decency.
I try, and am far from perfect.
I think any political movement that is based on the vile personality of Ayn Rand has a very serious problem. Her philosophy of life allowed for no basic humanity, no human kindness, decency, nor acknowledging that we are our brother’s keeper. She was cruel and vicious, allowing no disagreement with anything she believed.
She was the perfect libertarian.
We are our brother’s keeper. The Judeo-Christian way of life demands we look out for one another. Life is not about cold, hard, ruthless libertarian selfishness. There are indeed people in this world who cannot care for themselves. Where liberals go wrong is assuming that everyone who does not meet certain requirements is incapable for looking after themselves.
There are some people who literally need a hand, and a leg-up, not much of a hand-out. It’s like that adage if you give a person a fish they are hungry the next day. If you teach them how to fish, they can help themselves. That is the difference between traditional conservative and traditional liberal. We traditional conservatives believe in helping someone help themselves.
Now though, the politically correct liberal believes the person who needs help is happy with his/her lot in life and simply wishes to enable them. They give the homeless a new shopping cart instead of ascertaining what help they need so as not to be homeless.
The libertarian philosophy demands that one not give a damn about anyone but themselves. If a person is down it is their fault. Kick them.
The traditional conservative approach is the happy middle. It is not the Godless pandering of the politically correct idiot nor the Godless, heartlessness of the libertarian.
In that vein, take Jim DeMint (please). A “libertarian” conservative who panders toward the various libertarian groups, he is given to fits of hyperbole that make The Pink Flamingo appear rational at times.
From Outside the Beltway:
The Political Animal:
“…Update: Several readers have noted that DeMint’s description of Christmas as “the most sacred holiday for Christians” is completely absurd. That’s clearly true — Easter has always been considered the holiest of Christian holidays. For adherents, a virgin birth is a big deal, but resurrection from the dead is a more notable development.
With that in mind, when drawing up a list of things Jim DeMint is deeply confused about, we can add “his own religion” to the list….”
From God Calling, December 12:
“…Love and fear cannot dwell together. By their very natures they cannot exist side by side. Evil is powerful, and fear is one of evil’s most potent forces.
Therefore a weak vacillating love can be soon routed by fear, whereas a perfect Love, a trusting Love, is immediately the Conqueror, and fear, vanquished, flees in confusion.
But I am Love because God is Love, and I and the Father are one. So the only way to obtain this perfect Love, that dispels fear, is to have Me more and more in your lives. You can only banish fear by My Presence and My Name.
Fear of the future — Jesus will be with us.
Fear of poverty — Jesus will provide. (And so to all the temptations of fear.)
You must not allow fear to enter. Talk to Me. Think of Me. Talk of Me. Love Me. And that sense of My Power will so possess you that no fear can possess your mind. Be strong in this My Love….”
God at Eventide: December 15
“…You must pray about all you plan to meet. Pray that you may leave them the braver, better, and happier for having seen and talked with you.
Life is so serious, let nothing turn you from your desire to serve and help. Realize all you are able to accomplish in your moments of highest prayer and service, and then think that, were your desire as intense always what could you not accomplish?
Rejoice in Me. The Joy of the Lord must indeed be your strength. You must step aside, and wait until the Joy floods all your being if you wish to serve.
Let Joy keep your hearts and minds lifted above frets and cares. If you want the walls of the city to fall down, you must go round it with songs of rejoicing….”