Last night I had a discussion with a young bloke in the Gym I attend. We spoke about how public opinion is 'managed and manipulated'.* His eyes went quite wide as I demonstrated how he himself has been affected by a man from the 20s... Sigmund Freud's nephew Edward Bernays who, among other things, put 'bacon and eggs' on our breakfast menu's by using subliminal sub conscious psychological manipulation techniques, (that he invented) and which are now being used by so called 'progressive' forces of darkness to re-engineer American and Australian society.
Along with a steady diet of "Tolerance and Acceptance" comes a highly regimented and relentless attack of intolerance and rejection against Christians and the faith we embrace. This is not new...it began in the late 50s and early 60s with this essay by Herbert Marcuse:
THIS essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. ("Repressive Tolerance" 1965)
In terms of principles (those that have existed for a couple of thousand years!) which are a reflection of their foundation, which is Christ the Lord of all, I will exercise my right, to choose this way or that, up or down, left or right, good or evil according to my best understanding of my Lord! He said:
‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matt 28:18ff)
Unfortunately, far too many Christians rely only on the phrase "I am with you always" as an excuse to do nothing politically. We have too little emphasis on "teaching them to observe" what he commanded. It's not for us to try to force our beliefs on others in the sense of demanding they believe what we do. At the same time, it is not for the general public to determine how our conscience applies to our lives and practices.
If I own a Bakery, and some Marxist asks me to bake and decorate a huge cake that glorifies Karl Marx...I will not do so! If Nambla come along and ask me to bake and decorate a cake that shows an image (in icing) of an older man embracing a small male child, I will not! If a Muslim comes along and demands I bake a halal cake showing a man with multiple wives, I will not do it. If some politician comes along and asks me to bake and decorate a cake that promotes some cause or issue that is in direct offense to my values, I will NOT do it!
The same applies if I happen to be a florist and receive requests that are incompatible with my values.
The one reason I will not do it is simple...
Article 18 (UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights)
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
I don't care how many spineless moral jellyfish like Bill Gates donate to support the shameful causes in support of sexual deviance, I don't care how many shameless Jeff Bezos's give truckloads of money to support such causes, nor do I care how many Hollywood celebrity fruit-loops who have lapsed into the twightlight zone of believing they actually 'are' the characters and superhero's they play on screen support them, -no... I'll have none of that.
But the main reason is this: "for me....to live.... is Christ, to die is gain" (Phil 1:21)
This is the moral and spiritual reason. The UN Convention is the legal one. Christians who have lost the passion for the Lost, (including society) are spiritually impoverished, powerless and worst of all, pathetic! The toxic virus of today in America is..'apathy' among evangelicals who don't bother voting.
When it comes to peoples choices of where they do business there is always more than one florist and bakery around. No one is forced to choose mine.
The Muslim Card..... Now... if you think a Christian in a bakery or a florist should not be allowed to discriminate or decline to serve in a way that directly trashes their conscience and religious convictions, TELL THAT to the feral mob who would scream (un)holy jihad at anyone who tells a Muslim worker in a supermarket they must handle and sell Pork products to a non Muslim! Or... a halal butcher who refuses to sell 'pork' to a meat buyer.. is he not 'discriminating' ? While yo are at it, don't forget to permit polygamy and adult child 'marriage' with the child aged 9 and the man aged 53 as Muhammad was when he 'married' the child Ayesha.
Discrimination is not just necessary it is a social and legal obligation for any society wishing to survive!
Clearly, human rights are more 'right' for some than for others... and that is the fulcrum around which these issues sway... in other words...if you evangelicals want the concept of human rights to protect 'you' ..... you must make it a Political Truth, by force of numbers and votes.
On Libety, (Mill)
Apart from the peculiar tenets of individual thinkers, there is also in the world at large an increasing inclination to stretch unduly the powers of society over the individual, both by the force of opinion and even by that of legislation;
I understand that huge numbers of Christian evangelicals do NOT vote! All I can say is this...if you want evil to triumph, just keep not voting. When the black uniformed 'thought' police come to your door to search your home for 'homophobic' literature (such as the Bible), when they drag off your child for some remark made at school which offended some homosexual, and send him to a 'sensitivity' concentration camp.... when your children are taken from you by "Social" police, for "inculcating values incompatible with a progressive social order", suddenly you will realize, but it will be far too late!
What is the quality of your faith?
Reagan once said regarding the struggle between Communist enslavement and Liberty
"If we lose that fight, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will look back and remark with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose, did the least to stop it happening"
All you have to do is...have a Biblical conscience and vote.
*See Walter Lippmann "Public Opinion", "Crystalizing Public Opinion" (Edward Bernays) and others.