Can Liberals Reinvent The Christian Paradigm?
©2007 Christopher G. Adamo
his July 23, 2007 article entitled “Leaving Boomer Conflicts
Behind,” nationally syndicated columnist Michael Barone makes an
amazing statement. After explaining that Hillary is diligently trying
to stress her “faith” for all to see, he adds that she “has
provided no basis to doubt her sincerity.”
has to wonder if the “faith” he is talking about is that
represented by her collaboration with her philandering husband as he
lied his way through incessant episodes of infidelity, her ability to
look a questioner right in the eye and offer her “I don’t
recall” alibi (in less enlightened time, this was called
“lying”), or her famous profusion of obscenities and profanities
invoked when confronting political adversaries.
one time or another, Hillary has professed to know what Jesus would do
about illegal aliens, promoted Michael Lerner’s new age philosophies
presented under the banner of “The Politics of Meaning,” and
touted her Methodist upbringing (all while being “Jewish” of
Nevertheless, it is easy to infer, both from this statement and from the title of his piece, that Barone and his kind see the defining moral issues of the day as little more than a generational “fad,” and believe that the political process will be vastly improved once such things are expunged from it. Thus his willingness to accept at least one of Hillary’s spiritual “professions” (though which particular version is anybody’s guess).
Though it is baffling why people in Barone’s realm might feel that way, it is inarguable that, among Democrats such a development is enthusiastically welcomed. The Judeo-Christian ethic on which the nation was founded constitutes the unwavering principle of the conservative base. As such it has proven to be the biggest stumbling block to the liberal/Democrat agenda.
attempted a frontal assault on the “religious right” (the name
itself commonly invoked as a pejorative) without success, liberals
next sought to recast themselves as “religious” people, invoking
“God” and even “Jesus” in episodes of blatant holy pandering.
Most often, these efforts have likewise backfired, since the underlying contempt with which liberals regard the holy-roller/hayseed constituency is readily visible in the transparent character of their pandering efforts.
phony nature of such behavior is reminiscent of their on-again,
off-again love and devotion to the Second Amendment. Though John Kerry
made a very public display of “gettin’ a huntin', license” (and
was that a can of chew in his pocket?) during the 2004 campaign, he
was no more convincing than Al Gore in the 2000 presidential debates,
offering platitudes and pledges of endearing love and support for the
rights of hunters.
latest strategy among liberals, (and if Barone’s reaction is any
indication, this strategy is meeting with some success), is to recast
the entire topic of “religion” so as to be all-inclusive, thus
negating it as an electability factor.
with the liberal ruse of redefining “patriotism” to the point
where it can include cheering Islamists while castigating and
despising the U.S. Military, the current ploy is to assert a wide and
often discordant conglomeration of views and “morals” as
exemplifying “religion” and “Christianity.”
And just as the left now enforces its definition of “patriotism” merely by getting hysterical whenever anyone offers the slightest question of its validity, so will they attempt to entrench their version of “the faith” by hurling loud and venomous accusations of “hate and intolerance” against any who dare to wonder out loud about their sincerity.
As a result, we are currently being treated to an endless parade of God-hating liberals, who promote every vile aspect of the counterculture, but nearly decked out in papal robes. The moment real America ceased laughing at such irony, the liberals became confident that their facade was working, and put it into high gear.
Of late, we have been treated to John Kerry’s deeply felt religious beliefs, Howard Dean’s near canonical spiritual fervor, and of course, not to be outdone, Barack Obama’s frequent mention of his Chicago church... at least until word got out that its Pastor holds separatist views not seen in mainstream America since the saddest days of segregationism.
disturbing even than these predictable antics of Democrats who will
play any word game necessary to fool the public and gain votes is that
several societal forces of nearly tectonic proportions are presently
converging in a manner that might facilitate and enable the liberal
Furthermore, with the help of the “moderate” (and in this case, politically suicidal) wing of the GOP, they just might have an influence in the short term. However, futile Republican efforts to “broaden the base” by moving left have only ever succeeded in “clouding” the issues, which invariably gives cover to the left.
much of the Evangelical community in this country is losing its way,
and now accepts the poisoning influence of liberal dogmas. Having been
battered and castigated in the media, many are tiring of the fight
over truly moral issues.
contrast, the crusade to end global warming and promote “social
justice” (which is best described as “The Gospel According to Karl
Marx”) lends such an air of morality to sexual perversion and
infanticide. More importantly, they are readily accepted by liberal
media and academia.
Jerry Falwell, a defining influence among Christian Conservatives, is
no longer with us. Other key figures are backing away from the
formerly prominent roles they played on the social/political scene.
Add to this the self-driven life and faith fad that has spread through
the Church like a pandemic in recent years, and the situation begins
to look grim indeed.
any hopes from the anti-Christian left and mushy “center” that
grassroots conservatives will eventually become compliant are little
more than pipe dreams.
such people will on occasion rally around courageous and dynamic
leaders, their loyalties are ultimately planted in something far
greater, and far more immovable, than even the most inspiring
political advocate. Attempts to shake them from this place will in the
long run prove to be futile.
At some point, the political parties may even succeed in unilaterally divesting themselves of Christian principle, but the only “benefit” such action will yield is the departure of their Christian members. When the word games have passed, and the campaign ploys have run their sordid course, right and wrong will remain unchanged, and the truly faithful will continue to contend for the good of America.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12a)
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer and the former editor of "The Wyoming Christian," state newsletter for Christian Coalition of Wyoming. Chris is also a member of the Wyoming Republican Central Committee. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and resides in Wyoming. Archives of his articles are available at www.chrisadamo.com .