THE SEVEN HABITS OF HYPOCRITES FOR SECULAR SOCIALISM

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In the morning when I am getting ready for work I listen to Christian radio. The last couple of mornings I have listened to Walk in the Word with James MacDonald. The subject has been: Hypocrisy, The Opposite of Authenticity. MacDonald makes Matthew 23 relevant to today by explaining the seven habits of highly hypocritical people (ScottAllenLewis.com summarizes MacDonald’s sermon in the Seven habits of Highly Hypocritical people.).

I have borrowed from MacDonald’s sermon.  That is in what follows the video.

Note that a description of a disaster relief program in Haiti precedes MacDonald’s sermon.

As WHAT IS A HYPOCRITE? noted, hypocrisy especially tempts those who lead. So it was for the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, the men who led the Jewish people as the authorized interpreters of Moses’ Law. Because they made a show of devotion to their own legalistic traditions instead of humbling themselves before God, Jesus condemned both. Unfortunately, the legalism of the teachers of the Law and Pharisees remains with us. Instead of what Jesus called blind guides, we have blind Secular Socialists. Instead of appearing to honor Mose’s Law through misguided traditions, Secular Socialists make a display out of their supposed devotion to the Social Conscience. Instead of burdening the lives of the people with absurd traditions, Secular Socialists burden the people with complicated and costly government welfare and entitlement programs. Therefore, we will define the seven habits of hypocrites for secular socialism.

Habit #1:  Make government as complicated as possible. (Matthew 23:13)

I heartily accept the motto,—“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—“That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.  — Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) (from here)

Why are all governments sometimes inexpedient? That has to do with how we define our “rights.” When we define our rights as God-given, government exists to protect our rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. When we expect government to give us our rights, we cannot define our “rights.” Government, not God, then defines our rights, and government officials use legalese.

Habit #2: Get what I need from people even if it hurts them. (Matthew 23:14-15)

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. — President James Madison (1751-1836) (from here)

When government acquires the power to redistribute the wealth, government officials acquire a huge conflict of interest. Then we give the same people we expect to protect our property rights the right to redistribute whatever we own to others of their choosing.

However, stealing from the people instead of protecting their property rights is not the worst sin of hypocritical Secular Socialists. Their worst sin is to make others thieves like themselves.

Habit #3: Squirm my way out of any promise I don’t want to keep. (Matthew 23:16-22)

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. — Nikita Khrushchev (First secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1894-1971) (from here)

Every time politicians campaign for public office they make promises they do not keep. For decades they have promised to balance the Federal Budget. Now they don’t even produce a budget. Without apology, they just borrow on our credit and spend more money.

Habit #4: Make a big deal of little things and ignore things of critical importance. (Matthew 23:23-24)

The size of the Federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.  — President Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) (from Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Alliance of Business, (5 October 1981)) (H/T here)

What is the definition of “social conscience”?

social conscience n

an attitude of sensitivity toward and sense of responsibility regarding injustice and problems in society

When government acts, we take collective responsibly for ridding our society of injustice and various other problems.  That is, we make everyone responsible for everybody. Of course, when everyone is responsible, no one is responsible, and nothing difficult gets done.

What happens when nothing difficult gets done? Government officials distract us with silly issues (the WAR against women) and make a big deal out of relatively trivial accomplishments (killing Osama bin Laden).

Habit #5: Exhibit laziness in all matters of heart. (Matthew 23:25-26)

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! — Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) upon proclaiming a National Fast Day (30 March 1863) (from here)

Instead looking inward for black spots and streaks of grey on our soul, we too often consider only how we appear to others. We fear to examine too closely our life. We skirt around obvious questions.

  • Is what I believe true? How do I know?
  • How should I relate to others? What is my role as a citizen?
  • Do I have a right to what I have been given? Do I have a right to an education or health care? What is the difference between a right and a privilege?
  • Government taxes my fellow citizens in my name. Why and when is it ethical for me to allow my government to tax other people in my name?
  • Why do I let politicians, people I do not trust, choose who educates me and my children?
  • Why haven’t I sought answers for such obvious questions?

As Albert Einstein observed: “small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts” (from here). Because we do not want the status quo disturbed, we as a people actively persecute anyone who asks disturbing questions. Therefore, the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts has always been especially small.

Habit #6: Look good to others, no matter what the cost.  (Matthew 23:27-28)

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in. — François-Marie Arouet/pen name Voltaire (1694 – 1778) (from here)

For centuries the ancient Romans also used their masterpieces of architecture to exhibit the slaughter — as entertainment — of their fellow human beings. The ancient caesars used the carnage to make themselves look good, and somes their beautiful buildings were too small. Consider this example.

Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant” or “Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant” (“Hail, Emperor (Caesar), those who are about to die salute you”) is a well-known Latin phrase quoted in Suetonius, De Vita Caesarum (“The Life of the Caesars”, or “The Twelve Caesars”). It was used during an event in AD 52 on Lake Fucinus by naumachiarii—captives and criminals fated to die fighting during mock naval encounters—in the presence of the emperor Claudius. Suetonius reports that Claudius replied “Aut non” (“or not”). (from here)

Just as ancient caesars spent the lives of others, today’s Secular Socialists spend the wealth of others. Even though government-run health care and other such entitlement and welfare programs threaten to bankrupt our nation, the secular socialist Democratic Party will not even discuss spending cuts.

Habit #7: Pretend to be better than others, no matter what the evidence. (Matthew 23:29-31)

When I left him, I reasoned thus with myself: I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know. — Socrates (from here)

If we cannot humble ourselves before our Creator, we can believe whatever we want to believe no matter what the evidence.

If you were to nominate a man to be “Father of the Year,” who would you select? Would you make this choice?

Former President Bill Clinton will be honored as a “father of the year” by the The National Father’s Day Council this coming June, the Council announced Wednesday.(from here)

Of course, there was also President Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize which he got for doing what? Nonetheless, just as Clinton is preparing do, Obama accepted the undeserved prize without any shame.

23 thoughts on “THE SEVEN HABITS OF HYPOCRITES FOR SECULAR SOCIALISM

  1. sean samis — One more detail. The Constitution authorizes spending on postal roads. The interstate highway system was justified as a national defense measure. You may recall Hitler invested money in Germany’s autobahns and rail too, I think, with something something similar in mind.

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    1. Sooo … if we justify something as a defense measure we can do whatever? How about we designate every civilian as a member of a Last-Resort Inactive Military Reserve? Then welfare programs are compensation and preparation for the potential need, and your complaints about them get circularly-filed! OooH! I LIKE it!

      Again, the question is not whether this is a good idea, but whether it would be legal; your argument supports legality.

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  2. sean samis — If to “win” this debate I have to defend the founders as pure and perfect, I must inevitably fail. However, Jefferson and Madison conducted the Louisiana Purchase with all due respect to the Constitution. They used the power of the president to make a treaty with France (see Article II, Section 2). The Senate approved that treaty.
    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/louisiana-purchase
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase#Treaty_signing

    Since the Federal Government was expected to focus on foreign affairs, the Constitution gives the Executive and the Senate scary powers in Article II, Section 2. Some think this section a provides another way to amend the Constitution. With the people Obama has been appointing to the Court and Roberts…..

    The Founders argued about establishing a national bank. Constitutional? Not sure, but I think a certain Congressman would argue that the Federal Reserve needs to be audited. Anyway, Article 1, Section 8 gives the Congress power to borrow and coin money. Given that the Bank of England had already been operation since 1694, I suppose at least some of them expected to copy it.
    http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/about/Pages/history/default.aspx

    Frankly, I think our government should have stayed out of the business of coining money, but governments have coined and minted money for thousands of years. So only a few people would have even considered the idea of simply regulating whatever medium of exchange the private market developed.

    Anyway, please read the Declaration of Independence. That document contains our nation’s creed. That’s why we celebrate Independence Day, not Constitution Day. The Declaration of Independence says government exists to protect our rights, not to give us our “rights” from the cradle to the grave. If the Constitution does not circumscribe the power of the Federal Government by enumerating its powers, then that document serves no useful purpose. Our government gains its powers at our expense. If government has unlimited power over us, then we have no rights.

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    1. Tom,

      Regarding “They used the power of the president to make a treaty with France… The Senate approved that treaty.

      Are you saying that by writing and ratifying a treaty, Congress can give itself powers it does not otherwise have? For instance, could President Obama have avoided the whole ObamaCare/SCOTUS appeal mess simply by negotiating a Treaty with the EU (for instance) which, among its treaty provisions, were the provisions requiring the US to set-up ObamaCare? Once the Senate ratified it (assuming arguendo that they would) then do you say that ObamaCare would have been DEFINITELY Constitutional? Please don’t waste time on whether this scenario is likely or wise, the question is: iff (not misspelled!) iff this sequence of events happened, would it have made ObamaCare definitely constitutional? Or, more broadly, can Congress enlarge its powers through a treaty?

      Regarding, “Given that the Bank of England had already been operation since 1694, I suppose at least some of them expected to copy it.

      So you agree the power Congress seeks to exercise need not be expressly stated? And that the Framers agreed with that proposition? That kinda upends your whole argument…

      It appears, Tom, that you are someone who believes that the Federal Government should forever be limited to whatever they were doing in 1790. Perhaps you will dispute the limiting year (1810?) but the real question is DID THE FRAMERS BELIEVE THAT TOO? DID THEY SET A LIMITING YEAR? A few Framers may have thought that way, but I don’t think there was anything approaching a consensus or “gentlemen’s agreement” or acceptance of that idea.

      Was it really the intention of the Framers to hog-tie the Federal Government to a particular year or generation? If they did, then given the amount of change they experienced in their own lives, they had to know the future would be different too, and in ways they could not predict, and present problems they could not foresee. To encumber the Federal Government in the way you think they did would mean that not only were the Framers not “pure and perfect”; they would not have even been marginally bright. To pin the Federal Government to any particular year would be contrary to their stated purpose of creating a government adequate to all times.

      But this is all speculative and assumes such a limitation. Do you have any evidence that the Framers reached a consensus to encumber the Federal Government this way?

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  3. Regarding “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. — President James Madison (1751-1836)”

    James Madison negotiated the Louisiana Purchase for President Jefferson, and he endorsed the purchase. Can you “lay your finger on the article of the Constitution” which granted Congress the power to purchase land from another nation? There is none explicitly. Nor did Madison think one was needed; as long as there was no explicit prohibition, he agreed to the purchase. Likewise, in 1816 Madison signed the bill chartering the Second Bank of the US, even though there was no language in the Constitution authorizing it. Madison endorsed federal spending on roads and canals, which is not among the enumerated powers of Congress.

    Likewise, no explicit grant of power to Congress is required for their “expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” There is no explicit prohibition, so it is with Congress’s power.

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  4. Hypocrisy is a fairly universal manifestation of human weakness. It affects persons of all stripes. Is it correct, however, to assume that, just as there are hypocrites from all elements of the political spectrum, there are also sincere people across the spectrum. I assume that there are “secular socialists” who are quite sincere and consistent in their beliefs, just as I assume that there are hypocritical people among those of us who occupy the conservative side of the political spectrum.

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    1. I must admit I cannot live up to all the things I preach. So I cannot claim to be an exception to the rule. I agree hypocrisy is a fairly universal manifestation of human weakness. I will also concede that there are people who honestly think Socialism will work. Such are not the target of this post.

      Please go back and read Matthew 23. When He condemned the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, Jesus did not equivocate. Because of the doctrine they taught, Jesus condemned the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees as hypocrites. Because the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees were authorities on Mose’s Law, they knew enough to know what they taught was wrong.

      For the same reason, because they know enough to know better, I think our Secular Socialist leaders lead as hypocrites. Consider the worst of their affronts. These swear an oath to support and defend our Constitution. Then they weasel out of that oath. They say it’s a living Constitution, or they simply ignore it.

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  5. sacredstruggler – Still striving for ambiguity? What people like to consider themselves super-patriots? What people like to call every attempt at doing the decent and right thing a conspiracy against Christianity? If you are going to insult someone, why don’t you say who are insulting?

    You want to feed the poor and help the sick? I think that is great! I think we should all do that. I just think we should use our own money. We should allow our neighbors to make their own choices with their own money.

    My post had pretty much nothing to do with yours other than that I used the same quote because it struck me as unbearably relevant.

    You realize you just contradicted yourself. Perhaps this old saw explains the problem.

    You can’t have your cake and eat it.

    You cannot take sides and still be neutral.

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    1. Nope. If being courteous means I’m being “ambiguous” then perhaps you need to get ambiguous. I don’t know how to be any clearer. I think this post is exactly what I thought I thought when I read that quote. What else could possibly being confusing?

      And not every right winger is militant. Sadly, as an independent I get slammed by the right and the left. Believe it or not you don’t have to be either or there is another choice.

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      1. An independent? That surely explains my confusion. I did not realize you are one of those people who defines courtesy as calling for a plague on both their houses.

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  6. you sure get some interesting readers, Mr. Tom. You must be doing something right. That first comment seemed nonresponsive so far as I could tell, and following the link provided a glimmer of understanding–he is disagreeing with you. His post says that when a Christian discusses politics from a conservative viewpoint, they are militant and trying to distract you, and lying about being persecuted. And the media helps them with this manipulation.

    Huh.

    Great post, anyway, Tom. thanks for it.

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  7. “What’s needed? What kind of wisdom can overcome the immense propaganda of the [parties] and hate groups? People read this poison and it’s often presented in a benevolent tone- even a kind tone. … We need a conversion of morals, not just superficially but profoundly. And in both [parties]. Otherwise we’ll never have the right answers when these pressure groups- racists, [extreme partisans], superpatriots, whatever you want to call them- tag every move toward [] justice as communist-inspired, Zionist-inspired, Illuminati-inspired, Satan-inspired… part of some secret conspiracy to overthrow the Christian civilization. … We’ve reached a poor state when people are afraid doing the decent and right thing is going to help the communist conspiracy. I’m sure a lot of people are help back just on that point.”
    -Slightly altered [within these] quote from Black Like Me. Still so freaking relevant.

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    1. sacredstruggler – I always find it curious how when I provide specific, unambiguous, and numerous examples I get a response like this, shrieking incomprehensibility. To get any idea what you are talking about, I had to read this post. http://sacredstruggler.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/dont-paint-your-turds/

      You wish to consider your own advice, that last line in your post?

      You recall what the the teachers of the Law and Pharisees did to Jesus? Because he disturbed their complacency — condemned their hypocrisy and left them speechless — they crucified Him. Because they could not challenge the truth and justice in His words, they tried to silence Him. Since Jesus was God, that did not work, of course.

      I am not God. So I can be silenced, but that will do you no good. If what you believe is wrong, even if I am silent it will still be wrong.

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        1. As I said, I cannot make much sense of it. Who are you attacking?

          What kind of wisdom can overcome the immense propaganda of the [parties] and hate groups?

          What parties and hate groups?

          Otherwise we’ll never have the right answers when these pressure groups- racists, [extreme partisans], superpatriots, whatever you want to call them- tag every move toward [] justice as communist-inspired, Zionist-inspired, Illuminati-inspired, Satan-inspired… part of some secret conspiracy to overthrow the Christian civilization. …

          What is that all about? How did racism get into this? What is it you support? You offered a lot of words….meaning what?

          In your post (http://sacredstruggler.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/dont-paint-your-turds/), we have a quote taken out of context. Then you altered it and offered it as a comment on this post, and I could only guess what you meant by it. To find out, I had to read your post and guess. Frankly, I took what you wrote as a lame attempt at ridicule. Was I wrong?

          If I was wrong, I will apologize. However, I think it would help if you say what you mean and….and scrap the juvenile crudities.

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          1. Why resort to degradation before you even know what I mean and then offer to apologize should you be wrong before insulting me again?

            I meant what the quote said. Some people who like to consider themselves super-patriots like to call every attempt at doing the decent and right thing a conspiracy against Christianity. We did with race issues long ago, and some are continuing to use fear, conspiracy theories and degradation to complicate what should be simple and just. Feed the poor, help the sick.

            My post had pretty much nothing to do with yours other than that I used the same quote because it struck me as unbearably relevant.

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