"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
What does the term ‘social liberal’ mean? The first response might be someone who believed in whatever with whoever, whenever — “get the government out of my bedroom” was the Liberal mantra of the ’70’s. But these same people are the one who want government to pay for birth control, abortions and drag government into the bedroom by s governmental giving it’s endorsement to “gay marriage”. That isn’t getting government out of anything.
Social liberalism is touted by its supporters as being “open-minded” and not part of the ‘bigotry’ and ‘judgmental’ attitude associated with Conservative principles. At least those are terms I’ve heard many times in recent years. But is that correct?
There is an interesting definition from in the Dictionary:
Liberalism: a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity; emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard
Protestantism: the religion or religious system of any of the Churches of Western Christendom that are separated from the Roman Catholic Church
I’d never associated “a movement in modern Protestantism” modern definition of Liberalism. I had to giggle.
Do proud Liberals consider themselves part of the Protestant religion? Probably not. I found the definition surprising, as Liberalism, as known and defined today, is closely related to Socialism which definitely, has a bent toward freedom from religion.
Is Liberalism a desire for “individual freedom from restraint”? An informed American knows that those pushing for more rules, regulations on laws on citizens, comes from Democrats (who are Liberals). Most recently, a ban on 32 oz. drinking cups in New York, pushed through by Democrat/ Liberal Republican. Then there are all the No Smoking Laws forced on a legal substance. The Democrat have worked for decades to prohibit gun ownership by law-abiding Americans …. and businesses who find it increasingly difficult to meet all the government demands for licensing. Multiple inspections, rules and government regulations, which greatly stifles capitalism, particularly for the small business owner. That is not respecting ‘individual freedom from restraint’.
Liberals just don’t like capitalism, which is the American form of government, and why they’ve moved to control and regulate what used to be the “free market place”. Our current political Democrats, are all government Liberals, who do not believe in “free competition”. They support Government manipulating and controlling “free competition”, which by necessity, will exclude “the self-regulating market” and “the gold standard”. It died long ago. The gold standard came to an end in 1933 when Liberal/ Progressive Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlawed private gold ownership. Then again in 1971 Republican President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, thus completely abandoning the gold standard. No one can suggest Nixon was a conservative.
Socially, present day Liberalism desires freedom from any authority telling them what is moral and right. They see homosexuality and the accessibility and acceptance of “gay marriage”, as a right of “equality”. It is not. Just as they choose to believe abortion is a “woman’s right”. What they disregard, some by choice others by delusion or self-imposed ignorance, is what does God have to say?
As a Conservative Christian, I must put what God says and what the Bible teaches first. After all, He is the One who created the Original laws. It was made very clear that acting on the desire for ‘homosexual activity’, is a sin. Just as choosing adultery or to steal or lie, is sin. Therefore, I could never endorse our government to recognize homosexual marriage as a “right.” It was created for men and women.
Factually, most Conservatives don’t worry about what people do in private. We’re not their judge … until they want to take their privacy, public. Then our good conscience dictates disapproval. Not hate, mind you, but disapproval. For political Liberals to continually say that Conservatives and Christians want homosexuals denied rights, is also inaccurate and wrong. Conservatives don’t believe they should be given rights, they don’t have. . . ‘special rights’ because of their ‘sexual orientation’. That isn’t “equality” — it’s bias.
Therefore, can it be said, that Conservatives have a ‘liberal’ view of homosexuality, in regards to aforementioned definitions? Conservatives and not Liberals, are the people who don’t want the Government involved in a ‘religious’ matter by recognizing and giving legality on a “religious”social, issue. It’s the Liberal who wants government involved in so many of our ‘social’ decisions — as in the choice to smoke, choosing a 32 oz. drink cup, eating meat, having sugary drinks or cupcakes, buying a fur coat and using our natural resources, like coal, oil and water.
Another ‘religious issue’, taken over by politically by government, is abortion. The Bible, our authority, is clear that is the killing of innocent life. When a woman chooses to kill an unborn baby, it’s not her “right” to do so. It’s not her body she’s aborting but that of a separate life and soul.
Liberals, Progressives and Socialist want government control of the individual. That is not “or favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression” as defined in the Dictionary. It’s also not “free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant” as Liberals love to tout, as they viciously and vulgarly slander and malign any political opponents.
Liberalism and it’s ideology of self- determination of right and wrong is literally — ungodly. It is the result of the rejection of God and His principles on how people should conduct their lives for maximum freedom and happiness.
There could be a debate about what is Liberal or Conservative, but clearly, the facts are pertinent. And the facts show Liberalism is an ideology of oppression and control of the individual’s private choices. Liberalism also stands against the majority of what God calls right and good.
No one wants to be simply a ‘label’ of an ideology. The individual wants to be just that — individual and unique. “Live and lets live” appears to have been lost in the shuffle, but it would be more prudent if we sought God’s laws over man’s defective laws.