Finding the prototypical list of today’s social issues is a difficult matter indeed. One of the largest lists can be found on the Library of Congress listing under the title ‘Social issues in America: an encyclopedia’ edited by James Ciment. There are no less than 168 entries describing the social issues in the U.S. today.
While the data includes some uber-peripheral nonsense such as environmental justice, not in my back yard, urban sprawl and stress, it does not include homosexuality, abortion or government corruption. It does include — you guessed it — gay rights!
Yet, when political parties and civic action groups meet to discuss the issues of the day, abortion, LGBT advancement and corruption always make the number one topic of discussion.
While, we wrestle with these so-called, hot button issues; dishonesty, subterfuge and skullduggery are making their finest last stand.
God is patient, but he is no fool. He gives all of us time to examine our behaviors, but eventually he will reckon with us individually and or collectively as needed. In the case of most countries throughout history he will endure their worst behavior for about a generation or on the average about 40 years before intervening.
The message of most biblical prophets went on for about 40 years and shortly thereafter, the pronouncements they made began to be enacted.
We have been mandating the teaching of evolution, aborting babies by the millions and promoting the gay lifestyle now for the last 40 years.
It is only when we realize what politicians; irresponsible media and educators are calling “social issues” are to the rest of us, something else entirely.
Even as Rand Paul is calling for us to “agree to disagree” about the social issues, others are saying quite the opposite – here is one example.
Freelance writer A. J. Castellitto said in an article entitled ‘Open Letter to Rand Paul and ‘Ron Paul-Libertarians’ –
Do you really think our religious principles depart from us as soon as we step into a voting booth? These “social issues” that are often so reviled in our day maintain the moral foundation from which all other civil virtues flow.
Do you honestly think we will live in a free society when “marriage equality” activists are so swift to charge us with bias and discrimination simply for exercising our rights of conscience? Are we thoughtlessly expected to deny our faith before God and man?
After writing my first 500 articles I noticed something quite surprising. When I wrote about science, UFOs, films, or just about anything but abortion and the homo-lifestyle, bloggers and emails came alive with respondents.
Conversely, when I published articles on the slaughter of the unborn by abortionists or the biblical treatment of the abomination called homosexuality, the blogs and the emails fell silent. Few people chose to put up a realistic defense for these behaviors.
The national conscience is pricked when these subjects are addressed and for good reason. Our Bibles tell us that much of what can be known about God is revealed in his creation. How close is that creation to us — in the very lives of our own offspring?
Millions of Americans still see abortion purely as murder and all homo-sex as basic raw perversion. For the rest, their silence betrays them.
When we label these kinds of gross sins, iniquities and perversions – social issues, it is a miserable attempt to justify our worst behaviors by semantic devices and diversion.
We may gain a few friends, a few dollars or a few votes, but at what price. According to the Bible and the framers of our constitution, not only can you not violate the conscience of free men, but it cannot be purchased, usurped or dismissed without a battle. If we should lose this battle we will lose our country.
Calling gross immorality, homosex and abortion social issues may seem clever, but it is a ruse that is as transparent as the air we breathe. Little wonder the great prophet Isaiah addressed it and described it as the sale of what is right, under the guise of human rights. To wit:
“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!” (Isa 5: 21, 23 NAS)
Those who espouse the latest philosophy of raunch, along with the abortionists, may have us all using the term “social issue,” but by any other name it is gross error espoused by the nascent prophets of the day. They are the new Baalists and their message is the new morality guided by an old foe to all that is right. Jeremiah the prophet said it like this.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. (Jer 23: 13, 14)
Some people catch the errors inherent in false prophecy, but others have to have it broken down line by line to see it.
Example, an offshoot of the Quaker church thrived for a while in the eighteenth century, well known as the “Shakers.” They had a rather ecstatic way of worship which included dancing and a lot of excited movement. Unfortunately, they adopted a doctrine of celibacy for all members and none of them were allowed to marry. For the most obvious reasons, the movement simply died out before the dawn of the twentieth century. No children meant no future.
A bad argument, an unbiblical premise and an outright untenable social behavior spelled the end of their movement.
Both the homosexual lobby and the pro-abortionist movements have, quite without any reference to immorality, shown up today as really bad arguments disguised as social issues. Using their best argument what we have is an obvious error, too easy to miss – or is it?
If we all accepted their premise, what would result? Homosexuals can’t procreate and pro-aborts want all pregnancies treated like Amanda Marcotte’s now-famous statement that “pregnancy is like a cavity” – just pull the tooth. If the entire nation took the pro-aborts and the pro-homos seriously, the nation would be gone in about one generation just like the Shakers.
It is not just the Bible that beckons, but reality, common sense and good judgment, all call us to see that just as snakes hide in the grass, and bugs hide under boards, immorality, sleaze and perversion are hiding under the overworked and deceitful term, now known as social issues
Hiding our worst behaviors behind the term “social issues” is proof that social science and PC promoters are losing this battle. Deodorizing, recycling and repackaging garbage and trying to resell it as something else is a colossal failure in the minds of those who have not yet given up the right to free thought – a “social issue” which is not on James Ciment’s list.
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