by Al Benson Jr.
For years I have said that, at root, Leftism is really more religious than political. As a “religion” it usually manifests itself through political activism, but that activism is rooted in Leftist theology. If you want a brief description of Leftist theology you could sum it up with these three devout beliefs of those on the Left–Jesus is not the Christ; there is no such thing as original sin; and all private property is theft (except theirs).
Most Christians fail to grasp the theological implications of the Leftist worldview. All they see are the political events that transpire from that worldview and they never connect the dots that go from religious faith to political activism.
On February 6th I read an excellent article by Kurt Schlichter, originally posted at Townhall, but also posted on http://flyoverpress.wordpress.com that described, theologically, where the Leftists really are and I am going to quote somewhat from Mr. Schlichter’s article so you all will grasp the theological implications of what he has said. He has really nailed it. For starters he has said, quite accurately, “Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will need to understand what you need to be ready to do.”
He then describes Leftist theology to a tee. He stated: “You are normal, and therefore a heretic. You refuse to bow to their idols, to subscribe to their twisted catechisms, to praise their false gods. This is unforgivable. You must burn.” He noted that if you think this sounds crazy, just get on the social media and find a “convenient” Leftist to dialogue with. And he said “Just say something positive about America or Jesus and they’ll come swarming like locusts. Engage them and very quickly they will drop their masks and tell you what they think. I know. I keep a rapidly expanding file of Twitter leftist death wish screenshots…They will tell you that Christians are idiots and vets are scum. That normals are subhumans whose role is to labor as serfs to subsidize the progressive elite and its clients. That you should die to make way for the New Progressive Man/Woman/Other.” I can identify with some of this as I have gotten emails over the years from Leftists who have been, shall we say, slightly less than charitable.
And he observed that when they called Donald Trump “illegitimate” what they were really saying is that our wanting to govern ourselves is illegitimate. Their gripe isn’t just with Trump, it’s with all of us “deplorables” us normal people “who dared to rise up and demand their right to participate in the rule of this country and this culture. They hate you, because by defying them you have prevented them from living up to the dictates of their false religion. Our rebelliousness has denied them the state of grace they seek, exercising their divine right to dictate every aspect of our puny lives.”
He noted different sects in the First Orthodox Church of Leftism, those who want to kill babies as a “blasphemous” sacrament right along side the “High Priests” of the global warming cabal. But he observed one thing in regard to these different sects in the First Church of Leftism: “…they have found revealed truth, and imposing it upon the benighted normals like us is so transcendentally important that they are relieved of any moral limitations…They are fanatics, and by not surrendering, by not kneeling, and by not obeying, you have committed the unpardonable sin. You have defied the Left, and you must be broken…whatever it takes to break you and terrify others by making you an example, your defiance cannot stand…They must crush this rebellion of the normal, and absolutely nothing is off the table.” The end truly justifies the means for this religious faith.
To say that the Leftists are enemies to the Christians is to put it mildly. So how do Christians deal with that? How do you love enemies like these who are out to destroy our faith, your culture, and everything you believe in and stand for? I have to tell you honestly–for me that ain’t real easy. In fact I have struggled with that over the years and awhile back I talked to a Christian pastor who gave me some advice in this area that I could grasp. He said: “You love your enemies by exposing the evil that they do.”
He noted that showing love for your enemies (and the Church’s enemies) entailed showing them, in love, where their false religions were taking them and what the end result would be for them. And then you pointed them to the Only Way (John 14:6) this problem could be resolved. If they chose not to believe, then they had (and have) a problem. And if they sought to compel you, by whatever means, if giving in to their Leftist whims violated God’s will, you had (and have) the right to resist.
So it seems to me, as a Christian, that I can show love for my enemies by hating evil, by exposing evil, and by resisting evil. So, if the First Church of Orthodox Leftism is evil, you hate it, then you work to expose what it really is, and then you resist it because you dare not give into it. To do that would be evil and Scripture tells us to “resist the devil.”