Go ahead, make ...

Go ahead, make …

Bring up the topic of Judeo/Christianity, the Ten Commandments, the Holy Bible,  Jesus Christ, and the Founding Fathers (those “old dead white guys”) and prepare yourself for a barrage of insults from all and sundry, under the collective umbrella labeled “Atheistic Liberal-Progressive Marxists.” The forced removal from the public square of all things Biblical (the Ten Commandments and Jesus Christ in particular) has been going on since 1963 when prayer was removed from schools. Consequently, a generation or two of American citizens have been raised in a vacuum of moral equivalency, which has spawned a “laissez faire” societal culture with the meme “if it feels good, do it.” And to our shame, society is “doing it” a lot.

Which brings us to the Jesus debate. “Doing it” is everything that the opening line of the above paragraph is against.

If there is a God, we stand before Him for judgment; especially in “doing it.” If there is no God, then there is no universal standard outside of mere opinion for the Atheistic Liberal-Progressive Marxists to judge us. If there is no God, “doing it” is slavery; inequality; hatred; bigotry; and all of the other ills of the world that have generally found greatest expression in Atheistic Liberal-Progressive Marxist societies throughout history. If there is no Judge, there is no crime or punishment, there’s just what is, and their protestations and appeals to the contrary are just as void as those whom they mock; “doing it” is OK and all well and good, as long as it is they who are “doing it.” The Jesus debate brings it all back into focus, and THAT is what they don’t like, nor want.

Atheistic Liberal-Progressive Marxism is the resurgent fungus that comes in after a believing society collapses. Always present (as unbelief is everywhere) when belief becomes nominal in a society and fades, Atheistic Liberal-Progressive Marxism steps into the vacuum, with the appearance of maintaining a moral compass, yet lacking a reason to do so other than to gain power over others. Atheistic Liberal-Progressive Marxism can bring no original “morality” to the table of ideas, only those that it recycles from others in an attempt to gain respectability. As I say, it is in reality a fungus, the cure of which can only be secured by the Jesus debate.

There are two teachings of God’s Word. The Law and the Gospel; basically, the Old and New Testaments come together in the personhood of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We first need the Law because we are naturally sinners who despise and hate God. We need the Law to show us how we are sinful and do not meet God’s perfect standard that he has set for his believers. We need the Law first, to show us our need for Jesus Christ as our Savior, because we could in no way pay the price that was demanded of us. The Law is God’s Word just as much as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. The Law shows us our sin and need for a Savior, and the Gospel shows us who that Savior is and what he has done for us. Jesus took on human flesh and he felt our emotions, pain, and temptations and proved himself sinless before God (mainly because he is God). He took our place and our punishment on the Cross and because of his payment we are accredited his righteousness in God’s eyes. From that knowledge of God’s incredible, unimaginable love for us, we are pushed and inspired to live our life to the glory of his name, standing for the truth of his Word. We definitely want to live for Christ but that isn’t how we are saved, it comes from the knowledge that we are saved in Jesus, when we profess him as Lord and Savior of our lives.

Matt Walsh on his excellent blog, had a similar insight the other day, which he titles “Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you” details of which you can catch up to right here …

Matt Walsh

There is no shortage of heresies these days.

If you want to adopt some blasphemous, perverted, fun house mirror reflection of Christianity, you will find a veritable buffet of options. You can sift through all the variants and build your own little pet version of the Faith. It’s Ice Cream Social Christianity: make your own sundae! (Or Sunday, as it were.)

And, of all the heretical choices, probably the most common — and possibly the most damaging — is what I’ve come to call the Nice Doctrine.

The propagators of the Nice Doctrine can be seen and heard from anytime any Christian takes any bold stance on any cultural issue, or uses harsh language of any kind, or condemns any sinful act, or fights against evil with any force or conviction at all. As soon as he or she stands and says ‘This is wrong, and I will not compromise,’ the heretics swoop in with their trusty mantras.

They insist that Jesus was a nice man, and that He never would have done anything to upset people. They say that He came down from Heaven to preach tolerance and acceptance, and He wouldn’t have used words that might lead to hurt feelings. They confidently sermonize about a meek and mild Messiah who was born into this Earthly realm on a mission to spark a constructive dialogue.

The believers in Nice Jesus are usually ignorant of Scripture, but they do know that He was ‘friends with prostitutes,’ and once said something about how, like, we shouldn’t get too ticked off about stuff, or whatever. In their minds, he’s essentially a supernatural Cheech Marin.

The Jesus debate continues with more from Matt …