Is this post about Antifa? No. I have written a little about the movement (see WHAT IS ANTIFA? WHITE-WASHING VIOLENCE), but I don’t have the time or the interest to do the kind of serious research Andy Ngo (andy-ngo.com) has done. The Bee Explains: What Is Antifa? (babylonbee.com) is probably exceeds my journalistic competence.
So, what is this post about? My bent is more philosophical. Look around at our country. Have you wondered why everything seems to be drifting into chaos? If we take the time to read the Bible, especially books like Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, it is possible to gain a good understanding of the matter.
Consider this passage.
Proverbs 1:10-19 does not apply specifically to thieves. Proverbs 1:10-19 applies to people tempting each other to do what is wrong. So, Proverbs 1:10-19 applies to Antifa.
Antifa is a group that is still, fortunately, on the extreme fringe, but the intimidation and violence we associate with Antifa is becoming more commonplace. Antifa is full of young people copying bad behavior from each other and from older folks in the mass media and within our educational establishment who should know better.
We are by nature inclined to be copycats.
also copy-cat, derogatory term for one who copies another or another’s work, by 1884, American English, probably at least a generation older, from copy (v.) + cat (n.). Domestic cats sometimes will imitate each other’s behaviors. As a verb, “to slavishly imitate,” from 1932. Related: Copycatted; copycatting.https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=copycat
The term “copycat” may be derogatory, but copying others is one of the ways we learn. So, copying others is not necessarily a problem. What is the problem? The problem is relying upon what others think to govern our own personal standards of behavior.
Consider a phenomenon called groupthink.
Groupthink is a phenomenon that occurs when a group of well-intentioned people makes irrational or non-optimal decisions spurred by the urge to conform or the belief that dissent is impossible. The problematic or premature consensus that is characteristic of groupthink may be fueled by a particular agenda—or it may be due to group members valuing harmony and coherence above critical thought.
The issue is who and what we choose to copy. We must be wise in our choices. As much as possible we must copy what God wants us to copy. We must train our consciences so that our behavior conforms to Biblical standards.
Instead of learning to think like others — looking for things to gripe about and be angry about — we must seek to think like Jesus.
It is easy to look to the people around us for our behavioral standards. Because we all crave to belong to some group, it is easy to adopt to the standards of some identity group based upon wealth, ethnicity, race, gender orientation, cultish beliefs, Utopian ideology, and/or some other foolish choice. So, we must make the effort to keep our eyes and ears and thoughts focused upon our Creator. That is why we must spend time in the Word, pray, attend a Bible centered church, and fellowship in Christ with other Christians. That is why our Lord demands that we know what we believe and that we are ready to defend our beliefs.
- What is Antifa, the far-left group tied to violent protests? (foxnews.com)
- Copycats (bluebirdofbitterness.com)
- What Is Groupthink? (investopedia.com)
- We Must Never Forget That Genocide Begins With Groupthink (thefederalist.com)
- Reflections (nebraskaenergyobserver.wpcomstaging.com): I suppose this reference will seem out of place but read the whole post.
Reblogged this on boudica.us.
The Bible has its finger on the pulse of wicked men. In 1 Samuel 8, God sounds like the Founding Fathers warning the Hebrews against choosing to be ruled by a king.
The quote here, Proverbs 1:10-19, sounds like President Trump at one of his rallies, warning Americans about the evils of the Democrat Party.
Oh brother! Wait until Brandon gets word that President Trump is channeling the Bible.
Trump channeling the Bible? I doubt most Christians would agree, but I think most Democrats would. I think that is why the Democratic Party is determined to destroy Trump.
Wise post and spot on selection of applicable proverbs..
When children are never taught proverbs or Ecclesiastes they cannot understand how to recognize or discern propaganda from truth of what is good or bad teachings on what to copycat and follow in their lives.
For example when juvenile minds are allowed to read banned books by school boards who recognize the book is a form of propaganda which may pervert their minds at an age before their brains are capable to discern what is a wise or foolish path to choose in life.
Sadly many politicians were never taught in their childhood and have grown up and become elected leaders or activistes gathering followers in their communities to believe they are wise, when instead, they are foolish..
Banning Books that serve as Propaganda to Children’s Minds
We need to vote the politicians out who themselves have never been taught the differences between wisdom from when they were children.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Thanks for your comment, and for your post.
Reblogged this on Calculus of Decay and commented:
Good post, Tom. Long ago CS Lewis wrote “the inner ring,” for a graduation speech. It kind of captures our desire to fit in, to hang out with the cool kids, and to gain access to the inner ring of power. It’s a temptation rooted in groupthink, and before you know it you’ll be sacrificing values just to belong and gain approval.
Most of the people involved in antifa, BLM, and other groups that I have spoken to really have no idea what they believe or who they are even following. They are part of a movement, they are busy belonging.
I am afraid there is more to it than belonging. They using each other’s bad behavior to justify their own bad behavior. If Joe throws a brick at a policeman, Harry thinks it is okay for him to throw a brick, and Joe feels better because Harry threw a brick too. Instead of being ashamed, they congratulate themselves on what they are doing for the cause.