The Deception of Liberal Thinking
...or are you a Hippie-crit?
Children of the sixties above all hated hypocrisy. To be a hypocrite
means to lie or deceive. A hypocrite is a deceiver, pretender,
faker, swindler, charlatan, imposter, fraud or cheat. It is everything
despised by those who invested themselves in the Movement. Nobody
likes to be tricked, made a fool of, laid waste by someone else's
In the Sixties it seemed like much of what the American
Dream stood for was hypocrisy. The Establishment only got
the 'haves' established at the expense of the 'have-nots'.
We wanted to fix it so badly. We wanted there to be love
and justice for everyone without discrimination. There should
be no rich or poor, black or white, male or female
just treat everybody fair and equal. Isn't that what the
Constitution stood for and what love demanded?
Something in the longing human heart knew it was true;
love was the answer it had to be the answer. If the
problem was hate and greed, it follows that the answer would
be love. Who was it that told us it would be easy to love
I can't hear you.
Nobody ever stopped to wonder too hard about who was going to
teach us selfish human beings how to love. Did any of the prophets
and philosophers demonstrate it beyond the rhetoric?
The Sixties proclaimed "All you need is love".Many
believers trust that God is love. Could you say that "All
you need is God"? Maybe, depending upon the god you
decide to believe in. It has to be the right one, the one
whose truth is worth banking on.
The bottom line is that the real God is really true. So He's
the One you want to find. Forget the hypocrites, the pretenders.
He is good and real and just and He is love. It is work
to believe in Him in the face of the schemes of evil. Evil
is smart too, very deceptive, and very skilled at leading
us to believe that lies are true. Evil does not want us
to believe God is true.
Therefore he artfully uses us, robs us, violates us, and tells
us it was God that did it. Who would want to believe in a God
like that anyway? Many are trapped in the snare, just like Eve
was. Liberals, especially. It sounded like a good point, the question
evil asked Eve. It led her to doubt God's goodness toward her.
She fell for it. I used to be a liberal; it was the same thing.
The deception is subtle, not obvious. I had a tender heart that
hated injustice and believed that people could fix it if they
just focused on the right things and were not greedy and selfish.
BUT, now I see, no one ever told us where we were going to get
the power to not be greedy and selfish. Would it be subjective,
left to every man and woman's own best judgment? The rich often
do that, convincing themselves that "I worked hard for it;
I deserve it."
The basic lie of liberalism is to believe that man can
fix it alone, without God, through education and human effort.
In an effort to upgrade the human condition,liberals often
inadvertently assault the essence of humanity: the human
will, which all humans have, making them accountable for
their choices. The 'victim' spirit that prevails today is
wicked; it is wicked because it excuses the choices people
make and blames it on their unfortunate circumstances. Remember
the heros and heroines that were credited with glory because
they somehow rose above those circumstances?
How did they do it? They cultivated character and trusted something
beyond their own understanding and their own righteousness. By
and large they believed in God and His goodness; they clung to
it. In the face of hardship, they did not get bitter, blame God
and choose evil instead, justifying themselves while doing so.
They took accountability and kept on devoting themselves to righteousness
in the face of trying circumstances, instead of finding an excuse
to choose evil and fail to take responsibility for their own choice.
I'll offer you a few examples.
The Word of God teaches man to discipline his children, to spank
them in love, so that they will learn a way that they will not
depart from when they are old. They will be raised to be respectful
and obedient, God-fearing and humble. Dr. Benjamin Spock convinced
a whole generation of parents that spanking was bad and permissiveness
was good for children.
He wrote books that were bibles for new theories of child-raising
that were relied upon by a whole generation, at least. Social
workers in the name of state authority could take people's
children, deeming them unfit if they failed to adhere to
the doctrines of Dr. Spock. Shortly before his death, Benjamin
Spock apologized and said he was wrong; his theories about
raising children were hypotheses, but they did not bear
out. In practice, healthy, responsible adults were not the
outcome. It is good that he acknowledged this, but what
about the people that got duped believing what he said?
You may still be one of them. Whether you know it or not,
it was a lie; it remains a lie, whether you believe it is
What about equality between the sexes and among the races? That
sounds good too. Let's do it! Let's fight for it, let's force
it. Legislate. Protest injustice. Demand even Stephen and scream
if it is anything less than that. Look at the last 30-40 years
of strife trying to make equality happen. Where are we in those
battles? Equality has certainly not arrived, but bitterness and
division over the issues continues to plague both the sexes and
What about the differences between men and women and among the
races? Aren't they nice? Shouldn't we respect them, instead of
pretending that everyone is identical? Isn't every human being
entitled to respect and fair treatment because they are created
in the image and likeness of God? Why don't we opt for God's way
instead and fix it when we fall short? Why don't we strive for
decency and civility between everybody and apply that standard
in our daily encounters and help others when they miss the mark,
instead of trying to claim money damages for the wrong? Laws can't
fix the selfish heart of man. God's law of love is already available
for people to obey. There is no law against it. Such equality
cannot be achieved apart from the love of God reigning in the
human heart. To gain such love, one must surrender self, give
up one's own life as most important.
Liberals practice the philosophy that people do not choose evil
and that educating people to do good, to do the right thing, is
the hope of fixing social problems. The assumption is that once
the right thing is known, somehow people will inevitably do it,
as if self-interest is not an obstacle. This philosophy is a lie,
grounded in deceit by evil. It fools good people big time. It
pretends that evil does not exist and also that people do not
choose it. It effectively erases accountability from people choosing
between right and wrong and paying the consequences.
It is a good thing to learn as a child that selfishness
is bad and why. Instead, a permissive, deceived parent will
say, "Oh, they are only children; they will grow out
of it." But they don't, what they grow is selfish,
believing it is socially acceptable. Liberalism tends to
cause people to make excuses for why they do what they do,
rather than simply acknowledging sin greed, selfishness,
anger, impatience, etc. At least when you feel guilt it
serves a function. It helps you know that you did something
bad that you can be sorry for! This is why we have a conscience
to help us stay in good standing. When we don't,
we fall lower and lower and become duller and duller. We
have no hope because we forget God and His promises and
the options He made for man to have faith and trust and
recover from the consequences of sin. There is no recovery
if you go too far.
But there is hope! There is hope if you are willing to
admit that you have been deceived! If you are willing to
believe that you have been duped by listening to lies and
now you really want to hear the truth, you may be able to
hear. You just have to be willing in your heart. Forgiveness
for all the fallen things you've done and seen and heard
is available! Because it is true: God is that good and that
loving, and anybody who tells you differently is a liar,
a deceiver, not worthy of leaning your life upon. If you
want to know why you should trust the truth of Yahshua's
forgiveness and promise of a new life that does not disappoint,
it is because He paid the price ahead of you (death) and
He received the glory (resurrected) so you could trust it
and follow Him. Any other path is deceived.
If you are a child of the 60s and the ideals that once were
all important to you when you had hope no longer run your life
and direct its course, then you may be a hippie-crit.