Politics and the Church – The Church and the Liberal / Progressive / Communist Threat [Part 72]

This week we will take a look at some of the efforts by communist elements to justify their influence and how they plan to gain control in society.  Because the efforts are extensive, it will take more than one week to point them all out.

>   Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to ‘eliminate all good sculpture from parks and building, substitute shapeless, awkward, and meaningless forms.’   Modern abstract paintings and sculptures, especially in Federal buildings, fit this description.  In the name of ‘artistic license’ and free expression, images that are offensive to any number of audiences are displayed as if they are sophisticated works of art.  Gone is the precision of the masters and in their place is a new anger and twisted perspective on reality, best described as ‘meaningless forms’.  It is the art of the fallen USSR.  Another degradation of artistic expression is in music and related performance videos.  It took only a single generation to shift production of popular entertainment from performance content that appealed to most audiences to the soft-porn raunchiness of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, etc. among others.  The presentation of ‘anything goes’ with as much edginess as the law will allow has today become a hallmark of many modern entertainers’ portfolios.  What does the public think of this move toward ‘Gomorrah’? They’re spending millions to enjoy it.  Going backward into brutality is made easier when a culture stops promoting its finest values.

>   Control art critics and directors of art museums.  The plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive meaningless art.  Separating Americans from their highest ideals through meaningless or vulgar art is a turn back toward the swamp from which humans spent 6,000 years trying to escape.  Images of heroes and their achievements can lift and inspire.  They are reminders of greatness past and hope for greatness yet to come.  This goal is being achieved by government rules and sponsorship, as well as private funding that recently culminated, for example, with the portrayal of Jesus on the cross that stands in a bottle of urine. ‘They’ call it sophisticated’.  ‘They’ call it art’.  This is not a Communist goal that by itself will bring the downfall and erasure of Western culture, but it’s another component of an overall assault; another nail pounded into the cross whereon Christian values are being killed.

>   Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.  Distancing children from home values is the basic theme in many sociology experiments underway today.  The policies underlying federally funded child-care programs and pre-school perpetuate those themes of  ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.  For this goal to be attained, the most important lesson is to teach children to be responsible to the community first, and family and home values second.  Depriving a child from bonding with a parent can ruin a life.  In America today, some 30 percent of children live in a home without a father.  As a result of a study, it has been found that children without a father struggle more in school, have more health problems, are at greater risk of being victims of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and are more prone to run away from home.  Teens without fathers are more prone to abandon structured settings.  They are more likely to become teenage parents, have problems with their own sexuality, are more inclined to take up smoking, alcohol, drugs, act out at school, be expelled, and are more likely to drop out of school by age 16.  This demographic group is more likely to wander aimlessly through the preparatory college years, failing to obtain qualifications for advancement in school or employment.  They are more likely to be on welfare or without a job.  They tend to have lower incomes, are more likely to spend time on the street as homeless beggars and are more likely to be engaged in criminal activity and spend time in jail.  They are also more likely to have emotional problems and health problems.  They’re more likely to rotate through multiple relationships and cohabitations and have children outside of marriage or a committed partnership.  (Rebecca O’Neill, Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family, The Institute for the Study of Civil Society, 2002).  Separating children from family and traditional values is both a goal achieved and a process that is unfortunately spreading.

>   Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ‘united force’ to solve economic, political or social problems.  The so-called ‘urban revolution’ was preached on many college campuses during the riotous 1960’s and after. (I remember this timeframe, and it was nothing like the discord we see today.)  Various groups formed including such extreme activists as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Weathermen, the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and others.  In 1971, a leading radical Saul Alinsky authored a book titled “Rules for Radicals”, giving activist groups step-by-step instructions on how to organize segments of society to push their socialist agenda.  A key in this effort was to rename various goals, such as “social justice” (all things in common), “progressivism” (erase the Constitution), “economic democracy” (take from the productive people, give to unproductive people), “work-place democracy” (unions controlling owners’ private property), “environmental justice” (anti-human policies, and global warming doctrine), “assault weapons” (anti-gun term), “living wage” (wage control), “abortion rights” (slaughter of the unborn), “homophobic” ( unhealthy fear of homosexuality), “undocumented workers” (illegal immigrants), “anti-choice” (people with traditional or Biblical values regarding abortion), “gender reassignment” (sex change), etc.  And to top it off, they would throw in the word “constitutional” even though the Constitution does not address any of these subjects.  Today, there is a new obscenity in the culture…a new ‘anything goes’ has replaced normal restraint and self-governance.  From violent demonstrations to people with ulterior motives quietly working from within the system, this destructive movement against families has risen to prominence and influence.  It has united disparate forces with many slogans, phrases and words to establish anti-family and anti-Judeo-Christian beachheads in all levels of society…from day care centers to the White House. (The right to murder unborn humans is now women’s health.) 

>   Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.  Even afterthe fall of the USSR, the Russians continued building hegemony to the point that today they are successfully aligning themselves with war-torn nations in the Middle East.  This is a move to depose the United States and its allies as the dominant stabilizing power in the region.  The inconsistent on-again, off-again policies of the US support for Israel and the perpetuation of politically manipulated wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have cost the US a great deal. Much trust of the US has been lost.

>   Internationalize the Panama Canal.  On September 7, 1977, a treaty ending American occupation of the Panama Canal Zone was signed by President Carter.  Free control was contingent upon the Panamanians’ guarantee that the canal would forever remain neutral. On December 31, 1999, the American withdrawal was completed.  The question remains, in time of national emergency will the Canal remain open for national defense needs?

>   Repeal the Connally Reservation so the US cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems.  Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.  The Connally Reservation changed the wording of the US document ratifying the UN Charter.  The change was to prevent the International Court of Justice from having any say over domestic matters in the US.  In other words, Americans will decide what goes before an international tribunal and what doesn’t.  Repealing the Connally Reservation has been tried multiple times but was defeated each time.  Those supporting repeal always skirt around the real danger…what is to protect American interests if the UN charter is amended or altered to allow jurisdiction over domestic internal and inter-state affairs?  This is the only major Communist goal that has failed to get ‘off the ground’.

     Next week we will conclude this series with a look at Communist efforts to control US domestic policies.  Some of these efforts we can easily see today if the monitor news reports.  The Communists know they can only succeed if they are able to get our citizens to destroy themselves.  Citizens who are more concerned with self-entertainment than with actions in the world around them are a big part of the problem.  This is where the church can have a major positive impact if it only gets over the idea that politics does not belong in the church.  If we are not careful, this policy could put the church out of business as we know it today.

-Bob Munsey

“If a nation God blesses turns around and does evil in His sight, then He will ‘reconsider’ and bring destruction on that nation.”  (A Nation in Crisis, Ray C. Stedman)

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