About Those “Secular Values”
This post continues from Part 2: Are The “Experts” At The Reason Rally Actually Experts? post on June 4, 2016
The “reasonable” people at the Reason Rally seem to like trumpeting an oxy-moron, “secular values”. Google “reason rally” “secular values”, and see what I mean. Apparently, the “reasonable” people do not know “secular values” is an oxy-moron. So here is an explanation.
If all we have to form our values is the secular, that means we must focus on the things of this world: acquiring lots of valuables (the god of stuff), enjoying worldly pleasures (the god of sex), securing our safety by joining a big gang (the god of state), and promoting our self over others (the god of self). That is, we must think like an animal. Our instincts then become our values.
Does secularism explain the Reason Rally’s issues, sexual concerns and a fear of bad weather? Seems all too likely.
If the “reasonable” people at the Reason Rally cannot truly claim expertise (see the last post) and their values are based upon their instincts, then what do they have? They have a sense of entitlement and an arrogant pride. Those sort of “values” just make us easy to manipulate.
A Sense of Entitlement
You deserve it” is among today’s most favorite advertising slogans. How is it we deserve anything? Well, since the mere fact we breath doesn’t entitle us to anything, that is rarely explained. Nevertheless, political leaders have their own version of “you deserve it.” If you are on their side, “you deserve it.”
Here is an example. Personal Freedom is a Choice by Tricia offers us the words of a brave soul who resisted the tyranny we find today in Cuba. The communist rulers of Cuba demand obedience. However, because that brave soul refused to affirm this phrase, “I am with Fidel”, they sent him to prison.‘s post is about what that brave soul had to say about his struggle with the regime.
Consider that Cuba is a communist state. It exists by pitting those who covet against those who have. Communists exist by creating a sense of entitlement in thieves who covet the property and even the minds and bodies of others. Such is also true of the demagogues among ours leaders. They nurture our greed and promise to redistribute other people’s money to us. We just have to be “with them”.
To be “with them”, would-be tyrants, is a trap. Eventually such leaders will find a group to abuse and terrorize. Then they will declare that anyone who wants to remain “entitled” must join in the “fun.”
In Nazi Germany, the “entitled” would have had the Fuhrer’s picture up on the wall. They would have spoken approvingly of his leadership, including his treatment of the Jews, the Gypsies, homosexuals, those with birth defects, and so on.
Every totalitarian state creates a sense of entitlement in the slave masters. Every totalitarian state creates an enemy of the people, but the real enemy is in our own hearts.
Did I say the demagogues among ours leaders would eventually find a group to abuse and terrorize? It might be more accurate to say they already have, but they won’t stop with the abuse of unborn children.
Because we each suffer from wants, desires, losses, and even real harm, we have a tendency — a crying need — to blame someone.
Imagine being born blind at birth. Who would you blame? Blame… by insanitybytes22 takes up the lesson of John 9. Just because something bad has happened does not mean we need to blame someone. Consider how ends her post.
How different the world would look if every time we were dealt a crappy hand of cards, we would look to Christ and praise God for the gift He has just handed us, the opportunity to be His Light. If we would truly embrace the fact that every hardship, every challenge, every affliction exists to make manifest the glory of God, how different everything would be. These are not curses, these are blessings, and even though I cannot always see it, I know it, I have seen God in action enough times to trust in His word, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
There is an entire book in the Old Testament, Job, that is about a good man given this sort of strange opportunity. God allows Satan to afflict Job with all sorts of the most dreadful suffering. In his notes on the Bible, here how John Wesley explained Job 1:12.
 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Behold, … — It seems strange, that, God should give Satan such a permission as this. But he did it for his own glory, for the honour of Job, for the explanation of providence, and the encouragement of his afflicted people in all ages. (from here)
We live in a world fallen because of sin. Yet as Romans 8:28 explains, God makes all things, even our suffering, work to the benefit of those who love Him. So it is that when we suffer, we suffer because of sin, but not necessarily our own sins.
As that blind man who could finally see discovered (John 9), there are other forms of blindness. As Job proved by example, it does no good to blame anyone, but we can strive to do the right thing and trust God.
But what does someone full of arrogant pride do? They look down their noses at others. When it suits them, they abuse other people. Then, to avoid the guilt, they blame their victims.
Pride causes us to sin. Pride is at the root of all sins. Pride is the opposite of humility. When we are humble, that doesn’t mean we demean our own abilities. It simply means we strive to be obedient our Creator because He is our rightful Lord. That is, we humble our self before God and put Him in charge of our life. Therefore, when we sin, we do so because we have failed to humble our self before our rightful Lord. We put our own desires before God’s commands. That is why every sin is a sin against God.
Let’s look again at the Reason Rally’s agenda.
- Climate Change (previously called Global Warming). If we oppose this cause we are anti-science, deniers. Yet there is virtually no evidence of a problem. There is only “A Convenient Untruth” (mocking An Inconvenient Truth).
- Promoting the LGBTQ agenda. If we oppose a bunch of sexual perverts shamelessly insisting that everyone else accept their unhealthy behavior as perfectly normal, we are hateful. Meanwhile, these perverts flaunt the words: Gay Pride!
- Murdering the unborn, that is, abortion. If we oppose abortion, we are religious nuts. Supposedly, if a baby is inconvenient, that is not a problem. So long as it is in its mother’s womb doctors should be able to kill it out of sight and out of mind.
- Sex education. What is this all about? Well, prideful perverts and libertines can’t take the chance other people’s children won’t look approvingly upon their excesses. It is that me first pride thing again.
So are the “reasonable people” who attended the Reason Rally more rational than the rest of us, or are they just human beings in need of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior?