I want to begin by acknowledging that humans are born with a void inside. Only God can fill this emptiness through our acceptance of the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Those who haven’t found Jesus yet still ache for the filling of that void in their lives. That’s why so many today have turned to progressivism as their religion.
political figures as gods
According to a site called Thought Company, one of the defining characteristics of religion is the belief in supernatural beings. Examining progressivism as a religion, it’s easy to see how they elevate their political heroes to the status of “gods.” In 2017, the Huffington Post published an article by Max Blumenthal entitled “Obama, the Fallen Messiah.” In it, Blumenthal makes the case that it’s “impossible to analyze or understand without considering the deep levels of anxiety and desperation that progressives suffered during the radical presidency of George W. Bush.” Democrats were looking for a Messiah to bring political salvation to them in the form of reversing Bush’s so-called conservative policies.
Many progressives believed they had found their “savior” in Barack Obama. In fact, at a South Carolina rally, Oprah referred to Obama as “The One.” And, Louis Farrakhan actually told his followers that Obama was the Messiah. Obama, himself, contributed to this mythology by decorating his stage with Roman columns at a Colorado rally and using reverb to sound god-like. Additionally, no one will ever forget Obama including his followers in this messianic cult by claiming, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” I didn’t realize this until recently, but that phrase was not an Obama original. It is a direct quote from a Hopi Indian end times prophecy and has become a New Ager favorite.
Ezra Klein topped off this sacrilegious comparison by proclaiming about candidate Obama that he was “not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of the word over flesh…Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our higher selves.” I don’t know about you, but this so reminds me of Satan’s rebellion. Isaiah reminds us, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning…for you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” Any comparison of Obama to Jesus is pure sacrilege; there is no other word for it. Let’s remember the first commandment: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Incidentally, Obama may not be President any more, but the left is looking for another Obama to idolize and glorify. It could be Michelle, his wife. Writing for The Hill in 2016, Niall Stanage explained, “There is no figure in public life, with the possible exception of her husband, who has so strong a hold on liberal hearts and minds [as Michelle Obama].” I’m not sure America could take another Obama apologizing for the US to foreign leaders and actively trying to, not just manage, but create the decline in our country.
Additionally, don’t discount Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. She will be too young to run for President in 2020, but watch for her in 2024. She’s telegenic, energetic, has a great smile, and has delusions of grandeur. Recently, even though she’s only been in Congress for two months, AOC referred to herself as “the boss.” For a newbie on Capitol Hill she’s making a lot of waves. Her ideas are, to use her word “wacked,” but the media loves her and promotes her every utterance, just like they did Obama. And, just like Obama, she doesn’t know anything, but the left loves good looks, a crisp suit, a great smile, and someone who makes them feel good. Just sayin’.
Moving on. Another defining characteristic of religion is the belief in a sacred text. One book, whose existence was unknown to most Americans until the Obama Presidency, was one of Barack’s favorites. In fact, he even taught a college course on community organizing using this book as the class text. It is entitled Rules for Radicals and was written by Saul Alinsky. It is also a Hillary Clinton favorite. In fact, in 1969 she wrote her Wellesley thesis about Saul Alinsky as a community organizer. Her thesis was titled “There is Only the Fight: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” Stunningly, when the Clintons entered the White House in 1993, they asked Wellesley not to release the thesis to anyone, which of course yielded a myriad of conspiratorial conclusions.
For those unfamiliar with Alinsky’s work, Rules for Radicals is a book that provides a blueprint for community organizers. The premise of the book is to bring together a variety of disenfranchised groups against a common issue or concern. Alinsky preached that to effectively do this, one would necessarily have to “stir up conflict with an agency” or politician to unite these groups. In other words, he recognized the need for these disparate groups to coalesce against an antagonist, villain or common enemy. This method was a way to show these various groups they had a common cause to fight against and defined a clear goal: to destroy the enemy.
Let’s listen to Alinsky’s 5th rule (regarding using ridicule to defeat an opponent) play out in this recent Bill Maher monologue where he derides those living in red states.
Does that audio get you as hot under the collar as it does me? If it does, that’s the point. Remember, the most important aspect of Rules for Radicals is to create conflict with a villain that will unite all liberals in a common goal to destroy their opponent. In this case, the opponent is you and me, and the left has every intention of destroying conservatives. They would love it if the Democrat party was the only party in America and their ideals were the only ones promoted.
Another example of Rules for Radicals in action is the way the left has used the 13th rule to demonize Donald Trump. Remember that’s (pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it). The reason liberals are so angry is that this tried and true Alinsky rule just isn’t working against President Trump. He continues to focus on his campaign promises and making America great again despite having the media, academia, Hollywood, and the Democrat party all aligned against him daily. In fact, his favorability numbers have stayed steady or increased in recent weeks.
It’s curious that Alinsky outlines 13 rules in his iconic book. It could have no meaning at all, or it could symbolize something much deeper. According to biblestudy.org, 13 represents “rebellion and lawlessness.” For example, in Revelation, the dragon which symbolizes Satan, is found 13 times. There are numerous other examples of the number 13 found in the Bible and it always signifies rebellion. Alinsky’s whole book is about teaching people how to rebel against their society, so it stands to reason the number 13 was chosen carefully by its author.
Think I’m way off in noticing the number 13 and its relation to rebellion? Well, what do you make of this? On Alinsky’s dedication page, the following is written, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical; from all our legends, mythology and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom–Lucifer.” That’s right, folks. The author, whose book has been used by community organizers like Obama, and written about by a former Secretary of State, dedicated his book to Lucifer. Still think I’m way off in describing progressivism as a religion?
All right. Another quality of religion is its songs and hymns which are used to glorify deities. Do you remember when some teachers expressed their enthusiasm for President Obama by indoctrinating students with songs glorifying him? Here’s one example:
Ah yes, the left. Try to imagine school children being indoctrinated into singing hymns of praise to President Trump. Can’t imagine it? That’s because conservative teachers don’t try to propagandize their students, and it’s also because the left would metaphorically tear any teacher apart limb by limb who attempted any such thing.
How about another song glorifying the former President? This is another schoolgirl.
Well, other than the creepiness of indoctrinating children like the schools in Germany did during the Nazi regime, it’s hard to believe so many people can idolize a politician as a god-like figure.
But, it wasn’t just school children who sang of Obama’s wonderful qualities and their aspirations for him. Professional singers got in on the act, too. Here is Will.i.am featuring well-known celebrities singing “We are the Ones.”
It’s a catchy tune and well produced, but folks, I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this in our history.
Think you can handle one more? Here’s Michael Franti and Spearhead worshipping Obama through song.
Another likeable tune, but can you imagine if conservatives came up with a song glorifying President Trump? I think liberal heads would simultaneously explode.
sacred objects, places & times
Yet another defining characteristic of religion is that it employs ritual acts focused on sacred objects, places, and times. One sacred place for the left is the forest with all its old growth timber. In this next clip, you’ll hear a leftist from Earth First bemoan the so-called death of trees.
I’m sorry folks. Every time I hear this I laugh out loud. I can’t help it.
This, however is typical of the left. It worships and glorifies trees, forests, rivers, the ocean, and animals thinking of them as sacred. Listen to this liberal who went to a restaurant to explain why people should not eat chicken. She begins by discussing her pet chicken named Snow.
Did you notice how she humanized her pet chicken by calling her a girl? There is something deeply disturbing about this.
Okay, here’s another one of these bizarre stories about people trying to anthropomorphize animals and objects. Anthropomorphism means thinking of a non-human entity in human ways. That’s something 61% of the citizens of Toledo, Ohio just did. They voted affirmatively to give rights to Lake Erie. Yes, you heard that right. Now a lake has legal rights. Backers of the bill describe the law as “the first of its kind in the US and said it guarantees the right of Lake Erie to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve.” Uhhhh…doesn’t the lake already exist and evolve, and I’m guessing it’s flourishing because it still exists.
This type of movement actually is part of the “Rights of Nature” movement. In 2008, Ecuador acknowledged the rights of Mother Nature. Really? And, in 2014, New Zealand granted legal personhood to the Te Urewera forest. Crazy but true. Fortunately, in Toledo, a local farmer has filed a lawsuit challenging the law. He and other farmers believe this law will be used to restrict water to family farms and ranches. Let’s hope he wins in court, although I wouldn’t hold my breath since the left has corrupted the courts with activist judges.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say about nature and conservation. Genesis explains, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” God’s original intent was for humans to live in the Garden of Eden, working the land and keeping it in its beautiful state. Unfortunately, because of the sin Adam and Eve committed, they were thrown out of Eden, but I believe humans still must treat nature as the gift God has given us. He expects us to use resources in nature to sustain us, but he also expects us to replant forests and try not to pollute the waters so that nature will continue to sustain humanity.
I know one thing for sure. God does not want us to worship nature like this poor woman on the audio appeared to do as she cried for logged timber. Or the unhinged woman who disrupted customer’s lunches while she wailed about her pet chicken. Or the citizens of Toledo who conferred legal rights to Lake Erie. Romans reminds us, “They [humans] exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator…” Amen, but remember, everyone is born with a void that only God can fill. If people do not seek God, they will fill that void with idolatry like this.
obedience at all costs
All right, another characteristic of religion is that of obedience. We see that in a number of ways in the Democrat party. Take, for example, how easily activist leaders can create a group of individuals who follow marching orders, nearly without question from the group. What you’re going to hear next are two short clips of a leftist telling other leftists what they need to do and say while protesting.
Okay, that last one cracked me up. At least one woman questioned why the group was going to protest at Heidi Heitkamp’s office since she is a big lib. The rest, they are happy to take their marching orders and obey completely. When I heard these clips, it brought to mind Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.” Listen to this clip and see if you don’t agree.
Was I right, folks? The left has become a parody of itself.
Okay, back to the subject at hand. Another way you’ll see total obedience from the party on the left is their reliance on consensus. That’s what they use to explain so-called global warming. They claim there is a consensus of 97% of scientists who believe the earth is warming and it’s happening because of human activity.
I know how this works, folks. I was a public school teacher for 34 years. I sat through endless, pointless meetings lasting hours where everyone needed to come to a consensus. Those who disagreed with said topic were immediately shut down. You learn very quickly to remain silent and just go along with the crowd so you can get out of the meeting in a timely manner.
Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, once said, “Consensus is the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead.” She ends with this question, “What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?’” In addition, she also said, “I am not a consensus politician. I am a conviction politician.” Mic Drop. Thank you, Mrs. Thatcher. Would that we had more leaders like this in Congress today.
taxes as tithing
Well, no discussion of religion is complete without discussing tithing. Nearly every religion encourages its followers to donate money to their church and to other faith based organizations. Here are some interesting facts about giving. In 2012, data was collected which showed that the 17 most generous states voted for Mitt Romney, while the seven states at the bottom voted for Barack Obama. In fact, the area known as the Bible Belt which includes Mississippi (the poorest state in the Union), Alabama, and Georgia gave away a higher percentage of their income, while the Northeast and West Coast gave much less. According to the IRS, Utah is the most generous state.
So, what conclusions can be drawn by this? Well, obviously Republicans are more generous and compassionate. Democrats don’t give generously because they believe in higher taxes and consider that their form of “giving.” The big difference here is that conservatives, most of whom are Christians, give willingly from their heart to things that matter to them, while progressives want the government to force everyone to give more and more of their hard earned money oftentimes to things they do not agree with.
So, donations are part of the progressive religion but they come, not from everyone doing so willingly. Instead, these “donations” are taken from the American public to be used on liberal pet projects like liberal PBS, women’s reproductive rights (aka abortion rights), and the National Endowment for the Arts which gave us such art as “Piss Christ” (a crucifix submerged in urine) and Robert Mapplethorpe’s perverse, homoerotic art work. And, the left seems hell bent on taking more and more of our hard earned money. Ocasio Cortez has even put forth an argument for taking 70% of top earners’ money in the form of taxes.
Let’s now turn to the Holy Sacraments of the progressive religion. As far as I can tell, there are six: abortion at any stage and now even after birth, LGBTQ rights, climate change, gun control, health care for all, and Black Lives Matter. If you have an opinion that differs from the left on these issues, you will be termed a “climate denier,” a “woman hater,” a “bigot,” and “NRA acolyte,” or a “racist.” We are hundreds of years removed from the Inquisition, but this way of dealing with those who disagree is similar to being called a heretic.
Make no mistake, this progressive heretical fervor is no joke. But, it does reminds me of the villagers in the old black and white Frankenstein movie who organized into a mob with pitchforks and torches to destroy the monster the good doctor had created. This time, however, you…the conservative, you are the monster they want to destroy.
And, by the way, here’s an audio of the “villagers with pitchforks” clawing at the Supreme Court doors. It’s so much better if you can view it, but I’ll just give you a little flavor of it.
As a history teacher, this type of behavior in this century scares me. It’s as though we’ve entered a time warp and have been transported back to the 1500s. And, don’t you just love the way the left wing media characterizes these unhinged liberals. Imagine these were Tea Party folks. You would have a whole different narrative from the media.
All right, so far we’ve shown how the left adores their leaders and turns them into god-like figures like Barack Obama. We’ve shown they have a sacred text called Rules for Radicals dedicated to Lucifer and filled with 13 rules or commandments to follow. Additionally, we’ve demonstrated how progressives also employ songs to glorify their leaders and have sacred objects they worship and glorify like trees, animals, and bodies of water. Likewise, we’ve presented information showing how progressives obey their leaders like zombies and support higher taxes as a form of tithing. And finally, we’ve delineated the Holy Sacraments of the Progressive religion, and exposed how the left deals with heretics. Let’s face it, progressivism is a religion and most adherents are zealots in 2019 America. This zealotry is why the left appears unhinged to us. Any disagreement is heresy and must not stand.
what can we do?
All I can say is, we need God now more than ever. And, it’s up to you to fight this leftist religion, my conservative friends. How do you do that? Well, you may not feel comfortable speaking up in the workplace, especially if you’re surrounded by liberals like I was. But, you can become a citizen journalist and blog about issues that bother you. Expose the left for what it is and what it’s doing to our country and culture. Two great sites to do this and where you won’t be censored are QRMnews.com and beforeitsnews.com.
Another thing you can do is wash your hands of social media sites that are run by liberals like Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for sites that don’t censor you where you can speak your mind on these issues. I have a whole list of these sites on bethelightdaily.com, but three that you can start with are Gab, minds.com and proamericaonly.org. It’s scary folks, but remember “Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.” If you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit in you. He will strengthen you and give you courage. Go out there and be the light daily.
a much needed prayer
With that in mind, let’s end with prayer.
Heavenly Father, you are all holy, all present, full of love, and the only one who deserves glorification! Thank you for all your blessings, Father. We come to you regarding this new fervor, this zealotry of the left, this new progressive religion and recognize it is for what it is. It is from the Father of Lies, Satan himself. Help us who glorify you and your son, Jesus, to stay in constant prayer, to put on the spiritual armor everyday to protect ourselves from the onslaught of the left’s perverse religion and the attacks on our character. We ask you to lift us up and give us strength and courage for this battle. Further, we ask you, Lord, to soften the hearts of those in this liberal religion. Help them to break free of its hold on their lives and turn to you who sent your son to die for their sins as well as ours. We love you, Father, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.