Thursday, November 10, 2016

Unmasking False Compassion In the Political Narrative

As I read through the reactions to the election results on social media yesterday, I came across some which stunned me. There were several young, Christian mothers, who I thought were conservatives, who were expressing anxiety and dismay that more liberal people were not elected to our government. They were especially concerned for how our elected officials might be harsh against minorities and the disadvantaged. And, while I could hear the cry of their compassionate hearts fueled no doubt by the love of Christ, it chilled me to the soul to realize they may have been duped.

I just want to be sure my young friends understand something very important. Some of the solutions for social problems promoted by seemingly more compassionate politicians could potentially derail their own rights as parents and destroy those they claim to want to help. It is time to take the mask of "compassion" off of these politicians and see them for what they really are.

One solution, for instance, to taking care of illegals is tighter control over education. Institutional public education is a great way of controlling the masses, especially undocumented ones. But, universal compulsory public education also rounds up the people who believe their children should be home schooled or educated in religious schools. However, if Mrs. Clinton had her way, many of the basic decisions of parenting, including education, would be taken out of the hands of parents and given over to an international government body.

You see, Mrs. Clinton pushes ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child every chance she gets.[1] It seems good on the surface for protecting children from abuse, but, if ratified by our government, it would become a treaty which binds parents by international law to hand over decisions to the government (and in some cases even to their children) which could be harmful to them, especially for parents with disabled children. You can read about some of those concerns in an article posted on the Home School Legal Defense Association website: http://hslda.org/docs/news/2014/201407180.asp.

Yet, another "solution" for social ills proposed by liberals is abortion. My young Christian friends seemed to set aside, albeit reluctantly, this atrocity as an unfortunate side effect of electing more "compassionate" (?!?) politicians. What if someone suggested that the most compassionate way of dealing with the tragedy of black poverty was to line them all up and shoot them? Or, how about slicing them up with a machete or dissolving them in a saline solution? Or maybe it would be more compassionate to pull them limb from limb with pincers or insert a pair of scissors at the base of their necks and suck their brains out? [2]

Yet, that is exactly what these "compassionate" politicians are saying when they want to make abortion more available to minorities. It is no coincidence abortion clinics are set up primarily in minority neighborhoods. It is another liberal political solution for controlling the masses. The fewer Hispanic and black children who are born, the less of a problem they will be. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and long-time pro-life advocate, makes this point in an interview on The Jim Bakker Show when she asserts Planned Parenthood operates "abortion mills" in minority neighborhoods for the purpose of targeting black women.[3]

Let's take the mask off of this key political issue once and for all for what it really is. I once had a conversation with a young friend of mine who was reared in a conservative, Christian home where abortion was denounced. However, once he got into college, he heard a different narrative. He was beginning to believe that it would be more compassionate to abort black children in the womb than to let them be born into poverty and violence. However, by assuming that all black children born to poor mothers will end up being a burden to society, we become the most racist, bigoted people on planet Earth! Their "black lives" not only don't matter to liberal abortion advocates, they are a burden to society and should be exterminated.

When my young friend shared his thoughts with me, I immediately thought of Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson would have fit that description perfectly being born to a single, black mother living in a poor neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. But, by the grace of God through the power of the Gospel, Dr. Carson worked his way up from the poverty into which he was born into one of the premier neurosurgeons of our time and presidential candidate in the 2016 election. He is a living testimony against the false assumptions of liberal abortion advocates.[4]

This brings me to what the key problem may be in discerning false compassion. Where are these people getting their ideas? Much of what passes as Christian compassion in American politics today is actually nothing more than godless socialist theory. It is no secret that much of Hillary Clinton's political ideology was shaped by the influence of her childhood church youth leader and life mentor Rev. Donald G. Jones, a radical leftist theologian who embraced the teachings of Karl Marx and Paul Tillich and impressed them on the malleable minds of the teens in his youth group.[5]

It is this mixture of religion and socialism which I think confuses young Christians today. It sounds compassionate. It sounds like what Jesus would do. But when you carefully look into the roots of many of these liberal solutions, you will find they have a dark history which leads to death. When evaluating ideas in the public arena, we must be very careful to analyze who is speaking, who informed their narrative, what their motives are, and how their initiatives could actually do more harm than good, especially to our own families.

As a wise man once said, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death."[6] That is why is it so important to never take anything a politician says at face value. It may sound good and seem like the most effective solution, but how will it affect our lives in the long run?

There may be other issues which liberal politicians advocate as quick fixes for social ills, but what we really need are more boots on the ground. In a blog post called "To All my Post-Traumatic, Post-Election Friends," Scott Sauls makes the point that true social change only comes through the Gospel-driven works of God's Spirit-filled people, not through politicians and government officials. It might take longer and be less effective at first, but it really is the most compassionate, life-giving solution to the social ills of our world. As Scott goes on to say, "...when Christians direct their energy, resources, and imagination toward serving the world as a love-driven minority, the Jesus movement becomes virtually impossible to stop."[7] This, my friends, is true compassion.


[1] "Convention on the Rights of the Child," U.N. Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx

[2] Rebecca Downs, "Abortion Methods and Abortion Procedures Used to Kill Unborn Babies," LifeNews.com, January 2, 2013, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/02/abortion-methods-and-abortion-procedures-used-to-kill-unborn-babies/

[3] "Alveda King: Black Lives Matter Should Fight Abortion," Newsmax, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Alveda-King-Black-Lives-Matter-Fight-Abortion/2016/08/26/id/745345/.

The full video program is found here: https://jimbakkershow.com/video/visit-evangelist-alveda-king-day-1/.

More about Alveda King: http://heavy.com/news/2016/08/alveda-king-donald-trump-niece-praise-endorse-video-watch-martin-luther-jr-a-d-brother-twitter-abortion-black-lives-matter-police-pro-life-ministries/.

[4] Biography of Dr. Ben Carson: http://www.biography.com/people/ben-carson-475422#early-education.
 
[5] Diana Lesperance, "Hillary Clinton's Youth Group Leader," The Narrow Way, October 28, 2016, accessed November 16, 2016, https://narrowwayapologetics.com/2016/10/28/hillary-clintons-youth-group-leader/.

[6] Proverbs 14:12

[7] Scott Sauls blog, "To All My Post-Traumatic, Post-Election Friends," accessed November 10, 2016, http://scottsauls.com/2016/11/08/to-my-post-traumatic-post-election-friends/.