Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
Have you ever considered how the terms “reproductive rights”, “sexual freedom” and “wealth redistribution” are essentially positive re-framings of Christian taboos from the Ten Commandments? They are terms that the “progressive” left (or regressive left, depending on your point of view) has succeeded in normalizing, even idealizing for many people, direct disobedience to the Ten Commandments!
Think about these terms for a minute. Commandment 5, “Thou shalt not murder”, is the Judeo-Christian First-Principle which refutes “reproductive rights”. Commandment 6, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, is the First-Principle of Judeo-Christian culture which has stood against so-called “sexual freedom”. Martin Luther in his Small Catechism says this about the Sixth Commandment : “We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife honor each other.” Indeed, all the Commandments have far-reaching implications. Commandment 7, “Thou shalt not steal”, is the Principle which refutes the Marxist idea of “wealth redistribution”, the basis for “social justice” in its leftist understanding of equal distribution of resources and opportunities.
Top universities and bright students have been dominated by Marxist-Humanist worldviews for many years now, worldviews opposed to a traditional biblical view – and they have become leaders in modern institutions and culture. We have written previously about how the Marxist and Humanist worldviews are both grounded on the theory of evolution and are, in fact, godless at the root. The evils which have been justified in the modern scientific era by these worldviews – such as the many genocides of communism and the sexual perversities we now see being normalized – are due to the subverting of Christian values which the acceptance of evolutionism has made intellectually viable.
What is rather amazing is that the progressive left stands up for Islam – a worldview which on its face should be the enemy of the left because it strongly proclaims a god (Allah) and is very socially and sexually conservative. Furthermore, Islam is very abusive to females – quite contrary to the espoused values of feminism, a cause heavily championed by the progressives.
So what is going on?! Here we have generally irreligious moral relativists in union with a very legalistic religion which practices the oppression of women and the oppression of free thought contrary to the will of Allah. Clearly something must unite these unlikely worldviews in a common cause.
And I would submit that the common cause is a hatred of Biblical Christianity. The Bible tells us, in fact, that “the spirit of antichrist” is “in the world” (1 John 4:3). The Greek prefix “anti” means “opposed to or against” as well as “in place of” as with an idol replacing God. So we should not be surprised that there are many worldviews which are in opposition to Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the Bible says, “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you” (1 John 3:13). The Bible says that the world is at enmity with God. So no wonder that the accelerated genocide of Christians in the Middle East by Islamists goes under-reported.
Indeed, non-Christian worldviews are part of the evil powers the Bible speaks of, summarized as “the world …the devil …and the flesh” (Ephesians 2:2-3) with whom we struggle in our growth in Christ. Christians, too, can be deceived and find ourselves collaborating with wrong worldviews under these three great powers that seek to enslave us.
The Progressive Left has been taking institutions of Western culture on a path of de-Christianizing for many years, supported in their march toward a perceived Marxist-Humanist utopia by the theory of evolution. And they have found an ally in the jihad-waging efforts of a worldview similarly bent on subverting the dominant West. No wonder they are loathe to criticize and report factually when Islamic atrocities occur.
Whether it’s Islamic Iran or Communist North Korea, whether it’s the jihadis or the Marxist progressives of “wealth redistribution”, the initial objective of the Progressive left’s true believers remains the same – to dis-empower Christian Civilization. Progressives see Muslims as a minority in the West who need to be empowered – as all minorities do – by joining together in the struggle against “the ruling class”. This is simply part of the Marxist worldview in application, which on its surface seems “fair” to everyone, but in reality ends up putting a small party elite and often a dictator in charge of the majority.
As we’ve written before, Karl Marx wanted to push the “antithesis” of the Christian “thesis” in society to drive history and evolve to the next equilibrium point. This is the method of the dialectic, of “dialectical materialism”. His concept for history in social science is believed by its supporters to be upheld and proven by evolution in biological science. Such “evolutionary progress” is what “progressives” mean by the term they ascribe to themselves. Marx’s theories have found great numbers of adherents and applicants all over the world in the times since Marx – from Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse Tung to Fidel Castro, Pol Pot and now Kim Jung Un.
So, tear down the structure of traditional morality – of the Ten Commandments, for example – and replace it with ideals such as “sexual freedom” and “wealth redistribution”. And if, in the process, you can enlist a little radical revolution against Christian culture from the Islamists in their hatred of Christian society, all the better. As the saying goes, my enemy’s enemy is my friend.
At Creation Moments we “Proclaim evidence for truth”. And that also includes, on occasion, some rather hard truths. Mankind is sinful, tempted and enslaved by the world, the flesh and the devil. But mankind is also the recipient of God’s grace and freedom through faith in Jesus Christ, Yahweh’s Salvation and Anointed One! Let us all continue to labor together as the Body of Christ to help push back the darkness by shining some light!