by Paul Green
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Society = Welfare Society
recent US presidential election campaign, former House Representative
Ron Paul made a controversial statement: That the social conservative
message was a "loser".
alienated some that other less principled campaigners courted for
votes. They courted in vain as the message in practice ended up
a vote loser. But the point of principle is that he said it as a
family man married for over 55 years; as a committed Christian;
as a medical doctor having delivered over 4000 babies into the world;
and as an uncompromising pro-life defender of the unborn.
Yet the statement
was absolutely right, for one primary reason:
the state to clean up society is like giving it a bath in a sewer.
Superficially, it looks like cleaning up, but in the end, the filth
and stench are far worse.
a social conservative. J. Edgar Hoover was a social conservative.
The worst enemies of Jesus – the Pharisees – were hard core social
conservatives. Yet many Christians have thought that to be a Christian
meant to be a social conservative.
the philosophy is a moral masquerade and inevitably hypocritical
– or in even plainer words, devilish and anti-Christian. Look at
this from the Bible:
devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms
of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All
this authority I will give You, and their glory; for [this] has
been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore,
if You will worship before me, all will be Yours." And Jesus answered
and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You
shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'
the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, that was the last great temptation
of three that Jesus had to resist, before finally ordering the devil
to go. But today and throughout much of history, the craving for
government power is a temptation many Christians have yielded to
with little or no resistance. Very often, it has been in ignorance
and delusion rather than a wilful commitment to evil. But ignorance
is not bliss:
aggressively socially conservative to the point of imprisoning homosexuals.
Yet, recent history books confirm that he himself was a homosexual
– frequently sodomising his assistant in the trenches of World War
1. In order to gain power and to consolidate support, Hitler needed
a bone to throw to religious conservatives. As a personal bonus,
he and his fellows in the echelons of the Third Reich, benefited
from a captive selection of as much fresh meat as they desired.
J. Edgar Hoover
was the same. Collecting porn with all the secret police power of
the state behind him made him look like a paragon to gullible conservatives.
But in fact, he used the material both to entertain himself and
his fellow elites, and as a tool of blackmail for even more power.
Recently the story emerged of a 17 year old boy who was offered
release and a plane ticket home in return for having his orifice/s
sexually traumatized by J. Edgar and a henchman.
were those Pharisees: The ones who were so quick to launch a public
prosecution against an adulterous woman, were just as quick to slink
off in the face of whatever secrets Jesus exposed by writing in
In fact, there
are several characteristics exhibited by the Pharisees, which are
also common to all hard-core social conservatives, including a number
of Christians today.
is hypocrisy or, "play acting": The desire to look good
and appear to be upright leaders, above others and with a greater
wisdom to justify their urge for control.
this, they may sweep their own shortcomings under the rug completely.
Or else, minimize their significance by focusing on other vices
more obvious in others.
Or, shift the
moral goal posts entirely in order to overshadow their own serious
flaws in the "light" of a new moral code. Usually the
code is a fad, a product of either invention or distortion. Invariably,
they then try to attribute their code to God, to justify authoritarian
measures – more on this in a moment.
is "making up" for secret vices by forcibly cleaning up
others. This seems to give them the confidence that although slightly
imperfect, they are doing God’s work by attacking those whose particular
shortcomings are somehow less understandable.
CS Lewis put
tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be
the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons
than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty
may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated;
but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without
end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
There is nothing
more evil than an authoritarian with a lust for power and prestige,
convinced with religious zeal that they are "right". Technically,
at a secondary level, sometimes they may be. But such people then
leverage this to then violate more primary principles with a "clear"
In line with
this, we read of the Pharisees claiming to be defenders of the family
while, in the words of Jesus, "consuming widow’s houses"
to enrich themselves. Also, of taking money that should go to needy
parents by claiming themselves to be God’s representatives. Jesus
warned them sternly that this came under the then capital offence
of dishonouring parents.
How is this
any different from either today’s right-wing "faith-based"
tax-and-spend social conservatives or of left-wing "social
justice" welfare statists? In either case, state bureaucracies
or approved insider beneficiary groups receive money stolen by government
force from ordinary families to impose their own grand moral plans.
Today, we have
various new moral codes – usually disputable or fads found nowhere
in scripture, and yet which unify social and religious conservatives
gambling has come back into vogue, especially on the internet. Not
a word about this ancient entertainment can be found in the Old
or New Testaments. Nevertheless, a few gamblers do not control themselves,
become addicted, and so serve as a convenient excuse for moral busybodies
whose interests coincide with those who want economic central control.
The end result: Internet surveillance, financial surveillance, more
of alcohol was once a big favourite, but as a miserable failure
it was then abandoned in favour of drugs – with similar results.
Parental discipline or personal responsibility is undermined while
the state takes control, whether or not anyone has actually been
harmed. The Rush Limbaughs of this world would use violence against
other drug users even while taking drugs themselves. End result:
Violations of property; militarization of police; massive prison
populations; a controlled market for CIA-run trafficking profits;
and state monitoring of financial transactions.
may be evidence of actual adultery or abuse, but that is not the
concern of pornography politics. The end is only to legitimise government
control over what we watch and read. Even actual child abusers are
treated gently by the "therapeutic" state which is often
itself infested with them. A continuous threat to children is also
needed to maximise fear in order to help justify the kind of internet
surveillance, government monitoring, registration and identification,
Hitler and J. Edgar Hoover could only dream of.
the Pharisees for claiming their ancestry from Abraham made them
better men than others. True to form, racial "purity"
doctrines were once quite widespread amongst social conservatives,
but today the need for a purer and better "us" versus
the despised "them" concept is fulfilled by "illegal"
would violently dispossess them all, holding them guilty by default,
unless they too are numbered, registered, robbed of income, and
fully submitted to "Caesar" like them. Rather than local
resident property owners deciding who can come, go, and settle down,
the state is considered the sole rightful arbiter. That is despite
the fact that the same governments are responsible in the first
place for disproportionately attracting undesirables through welfare
handouts. In fact, "illegals" are far less likely to go
on welfare than state approved "legals".
The most extreme
example of the better "us" versus the despised "them"
concept is in the complete dehumanising of the people of the Middle
East. Their innocent men, women and children have been destroyed,
maimed or tortured in untold numbers with a blind self-righteous
and religious zeal, at the slightest real or imaginary risk to Western
Christians or to Israel.
The one common
factor among all these favoured moral causes is not any kind of
judicial resolution or restitution of wrongs between parties. In
that case, all that would be required is a simple hearing before
is about the imposition of massive state control and the justification
of internal or external violence and wars. Even where the superficial
appeal is to some valid moral concern, such as marriage and the
family, the implementation always focuses on this.
used the name of God and their rightful limited priestly and judicial
function as a cover for state control. They had King Herod’s backing
and the backing of Caesar – and their real allegiance was to him
not God. They were a murderous armed governmental force. No wonder
they hated the Christ so much, who exposed their authoritarian hypocrisy
with such devastating words.
Jesus was not
an angry condemning enemy threatening to call Caesar down on the
heads of ordinary sinners. Yet, his moral instruction was without
compromise and has changed the world forever.
There are social
"liberals" who want to call Caesar down on the heads of
those who simply speak out in opposition to ungodly lifestyles.
But in countering this, Christians have often reacted with the methods,
or "leaven" as Jesus put it, of the Pharisees and
The fact is,
in the civil, social and foreign policy realms, social conservatives
consider the violence of the state as the supreme arm of God. This
belief is an altogether unholy and illegitimate substitute for the
transforming power of the gospel through the Christian church, which
is the true arm and "body of Christ".
Listen to the
words of the Pharisees and hear them echoing from the lips of today’s
hard line anti-immigrant, anti-drug, anti-gambling, anti-porn, pro-war,
pro-police-state social conservatives:
him! …We have no king but Caesar!"
instead of the call for crucifixion, the name of Christ is used
in vain by the power hungry and his teaching distorted to glorify
the modern Caesars.
The moral masquerade
of the social conservatives has always been a bane to freedom. Its
hypocrisy has provoked equally evil social countertrends and helped
form the out of control social welfare state – to the point that
family life is now under threat from social engineers.
At the same
time, for churches and Christians, the message of the rightful authority
of the family structure and of sexual self-control must not be compromised.
Social contracts are real – not just quaint personal "religious
sentiment" or the product of a self righteous busybody attitude:
act initiates new life, for which secure social and economic provision
for years to come should already be in place. In addition, there
can be enormous third party consequences. The result can be either
highly beneficial, by multiplying the numbers of a free society,
or highly destructive by violating multiple third party rights –
and paving the way to an un-free society.
in this area are inevitable, and should be discouraged primarily
by moral re-education. But as long as the state retains a near monopoly
on education of the young, the promotion of family life – a competing
authority institution – is never going to happen.
In some cases
and as a last resort, a judicial resolution for victims of broken
social contracts is legitimate. But as long as the state retains
control of the judicial system, it will never properly enforce social
contracts. State power is maintained and resistance muted through
mass dependency on the social welfare state – which exists and expands
only through broken social contracts.
recognition of unnatural forms of marriage union is now a real concern.
Legal endorsement will inevitably be used by the state to restrict
free speech, to impose values upon the young in its clutches, and
to actively sponsor alternative lifestyles.
But it is religious
social conservatives who, with misplaced faith have glorified, empowered
and bowed down to the state as a divine instrument for imposing
In doing so,
they have helped create a rod for their own backs. Now, the masquerade
is being lifted to reveal the raw tyranny of the secular state.
This was always the end result of the social conservative message
and why it is and always has been a losing message.
It is high
time for Christians to get back to their real task – offering the
Good News, teaching and demonstrating the love of God, and offering
the light of liberty to a world in tyranny.
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