A.J. Castellitto
August 9, 2014
Liberalism: the religion of natural man
By A.J. Castellitto

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blas- phemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." -2 Timothy 3:1–5

We are all liberals by nature. We are "me-first" people and are most comfortable with others who also condone such a "me-first" perspective (as long as their "me-first" agenda doesn't interfere with our "me-first" agenda).

Liberalism comes so easy to the average person. It's totally instinctive. It's not something that needs to be taught. It's our natural disposition.

Liberals tend to think of themselves as more accepting and compassionate. There are even some who suggest that they are the most Christ-like in their ideology.

This is incorrect, however.

Jesus did not promote total acceptance. Jesus promoted radical change – a complete denial of self. His invitation was completely inclusive, but the final "condition" was one that was impossible to embrace.

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." – Luke 9:23

There's the rub.

The liberals will hear none of it. They'll accept Jesus but only on their terms. Jesus must be conformed to their image. They don't want to acknowledge that a complete self-denial is the most essential spiritual consequence of giving yourself over to the higher power. They insist Jesus be incorporated into their way of living.

Left to ourselves, we (natural man) would rather have our riches above Jesus, or maybe, we have some secret vice that prevents us from coming to a place of total submission. We eventually do the complete opposite. Our "needs" take precedent, and we reach a point of total rejection. We naturally place our own wants and desires before all else, even before a saving deity.

Liberals tend to fancy themselves as the epitome of rational wisdom. They view themselves as "enlightened" people. They firmly believe that a complete submission to their methodology will enable a fairly distributed, person-centered, needs-driven standard of living to flourish. Underneath it all, however, is an elitist, radically-motivated, power-grab reflective of a greater global political-social agenda.

{Note: Charity, not socialism, was endorsed in the Bible within the body of believers and was secondary to the gospel. The Marxist ideologue of our day is promoting tyranny under the guise of empathy. But what they really seek is totalitarianism}.

The mentality behind the madness is quite primitive, almost infantile. Whereas, conservative principles and foundations must be taught, enforced, then experientially reinforced; liberal attitudes and propensities are part of our makeup.

All of humanity comes into this world as full-blown liberals from the womb. These liberal traits must be methodically broken down as we are raised to become God-honoring individuals, with respect for authority and a willingness to extend peace and goodwill to our fellow man.

The unfortunate reality, however, is that we naturally fight against conservatism, a belief system that requires discipline and self-control.

Regardless of the varied perceptions, Conservatism in its purest form advocates the need for careful restraint in all areas of life for the individual and society as a whole. Meanwhile, Liberalism is often identified as encompassing tolerance and forgiveness. The conservative sees the value in learning from mistakes and facing natural consequences, while the liberal promotes the need for second chances (i.e. erasing mistakes or altering outcomes).

In a worst case scenario, the liberal may resort to radical social upheaval (and even apply deceptive manipulations) to advance a form of 'equality' that relies on resource distribution, equal results, emotional justifications, personal gratifications, temporary resolutions, arbitrary absolutes, experimental philosophies, and fluctuating priorities. Liberalism invites bad choices and provides 'solutions' that merely invite and often ensure more bad choices in the future.

The unfortunate reality is that we naturally fight against conservatism – a social-ideological system that requires discipline and self-control.

We are spiritually resistant and wholly corruptible. Left to ourselves, thus we will remain.

Regardless, when we compromise with a liberal, we compromise our future. Thus, here we are...

We've sacrificed the future for the present, and the future is upon us.

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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