It’s been awhile…

It has been a couple of months since I posted. Actually much longer than that even.  When I began this blog, it was with the intent of responding to the liberal mindset that I saw so prevalent around me in school.  So, I threw myself into reading political blogs, books, news sites, listening to radio programs, having political discussions, etc.  I was fully immersed in the political worldview, and loving it!  I debated the “damn liberals” every chance I could, and usually won.  When I was around Christian friends I would gladly slap them on the back and enjoy them returning the favor while we sat and agreed with each other for hours at times.  This went on for quite some time until I was watching a documentary called “Collision” where Doug Wilson debates Christopher Hitchins over whether or not Christianity is good for the world.  Believe it or not the most powerful thing in that video to me was Doug Wilson’s bumper sticker. It reads, “Politics are the Opiate of the Masses”.  Now, I am familiar with  the Karl Marx quote that says, “Religion is the Opiate of the Masses”, and I had always considered freedom in politics a sort of salvation from Marxist thinking, and to a degree it is.  I had never thought that “politics” could have the same effect on me that Marx was saying religion had on the masses.   Here is a great quote on the subject,

“Theism is not the only kind of mysticism. Collectivist and political ideologies are also forms of mysticism. The nature of politics involves blind faith in a “highest essence”. The abstractions of these “highest essences” function as arbitrary authorities to appeal to. The most common of these arbitrary and rhetorical authorities are “society”, “nation”, “state”, “humanity”, “race”, “class” and “gender”. In political ideology, these concepts function precisely in the same way as a deity. As a consequence of faith in these abstractions, individual human beings and/or certain collections of human beings are given the status of a deity. These concepts also all have one thing in common: they obscure the individual and turn the individual into a sacrificial peon to collective abstractions. In all cases, belief in something that doesn’t exist (at least in the way concieved) functions as a mechanism to provide a plastic sense of meaning or identity.”

This is not from a Biblical mindset, but it is correct in that we can create a God out of our politics, and through our pride, really be worshiping ourselves in it.  This is what happened to me.  So, I am backing off, getting back to what really saves.  Christ.  I will post more later.

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