"Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." John 8:32

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Shifting Sands of the Left

Hugh Hewitt has a great article today about the ideology of the left attempting to move our country away from it's foundation principles. If there is no foundation to what our country holds true, then we are then free to change our foundation to whatever ideology is fashionable. We then ride the gravy train of moral relativism to whatever hellish abomination of a country we want. In other words, we then would be no different than any other two-bit country that changes it's constitution and guiding principles whenever a crisis or popular politician cries "change".

The proverb that declares "the wise man builds his house upon the rock" is as true today as it always has been true. This is a guiding principle behind a strict contructionist interpretation of our Constitution. Our Constitution is written in stone and difficult to change for a very wise reason. Moral relativism is dangerous and adherents to the idea that our Constitution is a living document and is subject to change at a whim advocate building a house on shifting sand. A house where self is supreme above all else, where the coffers of government are ripe for picking, where right is wrong and wrong is right, where it is illegal to utter anything that sounds religious or comes from faith.

I really appreciate Hugh's comments about Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address. President Lincoln, perhaps our country's greatest president, espoused these words which are "built upon the rock" in the midst of civil war.

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
If Lincoln had uttered these words today, he would viscerated by the ideologues on the left as well as the MSM. He would be decried as a racist, a jingoist, accused of trying to establish a religion, of declaring moral superiority in his decisions and who knows what else. How dare Abraham talk like this? I thank God President Lincoln built his house upon the rock. He knew where our country's foundation lay.

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