In an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966, Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) heard his pre-adolescent son using an unacceptable word in his vocabulary. It upset his parents who labored to find the best way to tell their son not to use the word.
At work, Petrie typed the word on his office typewriter and it was found by a producer for the show Mel Cooley, (Richard Deacon.) He grimaced as he discovered the word on Rob’s typewriter, which was never actually spoken or revealed throughout the entire episode.
His reply fit the show to a tee, but it also reminds us of how far we have come with our belief that progressivism and liberalism is what we need.
Cooley said, “Isn’t that taking progressive education a little too far.”
Cooley died in 1984, but can only imagine what he might say today as progressivism drags the world down to the social dregs all at the same time it touts the philosophy that it is in fact, society rising to a new high level of freedom and expression?
Progressives have given us the twisted wonders we now call, ‘political correctness,’ “the religion of peace,’ feminism and free abortion provided by government,’ ‘the gay agenda and same sex marriage’ and atheistic education for all, regardless of race color or creed - and previous religious education.
We can’t argue with progress, unless we want to ask the most serious question of all. Exactly where are we progressing to? Is it upward, is it forward or are we speeding headlong to the precipice of hell itself?
Of late the push by progressives and the liberals to ease up on everything has invoked two responses from two very divergent sources, the Bible and the FCC. (Federal Communications Commission)
The FCC has opened itself up for a period of time to public comments on whether we think more nudity and foul language should be allowed on television. What we have is, a government agency formed to ride herd on open filth and nudity asking the public if it’s OK to lift the floodgates a little higher and let the swill through!
Responsible pastors and indeed, real prophets and preachers of the gospel have well warned that these penchants are the emerging immorality and the clear signs of a failing nation. Since neither they, nor the bible they are quoting from, allow any apologies, because the source is considered to be God himself, we will quote the entire passage without comment.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5: 20)
Progressivism and its twin sister liberalism are today’s little imps of perversion, societal perversion, and we needn’t ask where they are getting their inspiration from.
Now we can hear the filth of the rappers reflected in the daily conversations of high school and junior high-schoolers and the progressive answer to that is, to attack homeschoolers who have left the criminally negligent public schools so their kids won’t grow up believing that expletives and filth are what we expect as part of their normal adulthood.
Attorney General Eric Holder has stepped up to the plate for modern progressivism and decided that prosecuting Black Panthers intimidating voters at a polling booth is not called for, but kicking out a German homeschooling family that came to the U.S. for asylum is just peachy because the “Romeikes did not belong to any particular Christian denomination and described the parents' objections to the government-approved schools as vague.” AP Feb 22, 2013
We forgot to ban coat hangers once used on horrific early abortion attempts like we want to ban legal gun ownership and our answer to those botched abortions is to open the gates for sixty million abortions performed on the most innocent of our species, some so bloody and brutal that it defies the imagination.
If this does not clearly interpret the meaning of Isaiah 5: 20, then we probably should ask our preachers to sit down and shut up. Not to worry, real preachers will not be sitting down until thrones are set and they can finally rest from their labors. (Rev 3: 21)
Progressivism is shifting into high gear and contrary to the conclusions of its chieftains of change it is producing what only can be called a super-immorality. Should we be thankful for the progress of progressives?
Since the glory of God was revealed in his Son (Jn 1: 14) and the world at large has skipped that revelation what can God do to get our attention?
Nothing new here, God uses what he has always used and he promises that it will be completely effective.
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isa 55: 11 NIV)
Satan (the god of this world) is not going to do any less. Although it is written that he can appear as an angel of light, (2 Co 11: 14) he usually doesn’t. I don’t know of a single liberal who has claimed that they got their progressive leanings from the appearance of an angel, either of light or of darkness.
But mimicking the way of God, they do spread their word across an unsuspecting nation under the banner of equality, Constitutional protections and social progress. By any other name it is still only something the bible clearly defines as “the doctrine of devils.”
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1Tim 4: 1)
An ‘American Beauty’ is far more than a hybrid perpetual rose, but it is a peculiarly American form of lying sent down from the ‘father of lies’ to aid his own in liberalizing an entire generation of Americans. We are the generation that has long forgotten the difference between indoctrination and education.
The promulgation of God’s word and of the Devil’s word all produce fruit, neither returns void. The major difference is that one leads to eternal life and the other to eternal death.
Unless we are already captured by the latest wave of collective national ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ shouldn’t escaping from the clutches of progressivism and liberal thinking be something we should all be actively doing?
Do we think the use and adoption of modern words are not important in the scheme of things today? Do the catch phrases, PC jargon and socially engineered pass words of the hour have no direct bearing on our future as a nation.? Carefully consider these words spoken by Christ to a group of self-righteous Pharisees.
“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Mt 12: 37)
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Your gardening analogy of 'liberalism' is spot on, Michael. It was Nov 3, 1992 when the Lord spoke to me and said, "The seeds of the 60's are in bloom. The spirit of anti-christ is upon us (mankind). Cry for the unborn (future generations) no more. The world is in derision." - One does not need to be a horticulturalist to know that it is after the 'bloom' that the 'fruit' comes forth. And twenty years later now, it is the fruit (lies) of liberalism that the world, and more alarmingly, much of the Church, is feeding upon. And though all of this is according to the foretelling of a great 'falling away' in the last-days (Matt 24:24) (2 Thes 2:1-12), it is none-the-less grievous to witness. - - - Judgment comes