THREE REASONS America Has Ended Up Where She Has

Written by John DeGroff on June 25, 2016


Going into the tail end, home stretch of the Obama era, and the ramping up of Clinton’s presidential campaign, liberalism is no longer even trying to hide its basic contempt for one of the cornerstones of the American way of life: the freedom to exercise personal responsibility.

I’m not going to add to the onslaught of verbiage/opinion regarding the latest moslem atrocity in Orlando. Even a Colorado stoner with a single digit percentage of still functioning grey matter can figure out how liberals are spinning that incident. Makes you wonder what the so-called adult Congressional representatives were on during their sit-in.

But I digress. How in the name of everything holy did we allow this country to get to this point? Please indulge me to offer a few causes.

Political Correctness
The concept of political correctness is a foundation of liberalism that is a true cancer. It’s permeated our colleges and universities, and has destroyed our news media. It seeks to remove all common sense, morals, decency and the personal right to make a decision.

Political correctness is nothing more than a warm fuzzy, trigger-warning form of propaganda and censorship. It is anathema to the truth. While, once again, I don’t want to add to the already substantial critique of PC overreach, it needs to be said that no other liberal tenet is more responsible for hiding the truth. But for those of us who understand the concept…” the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32)

Social Justice
Just what the heck IS “social justice”? I actually asked one of my pastors this question. What I got in response was the liberal talking point of “…we need to help right the wrongs in the world.”

Alright, I get that. However, focusing only on social justice issues negates personal responsibility. I was born in 1953 (yeah, I’m that old…), so how am I responsible for anything that happened before then? For that matter, how am I responsible for the actions of anyone other than myself? As a Christian, I have to live with the consequences of my actions and the responsibility of my debts. Granted, we’re admonished to help when we can, but not through coercion, which is pure socialism.

In John 12:1-8, we have the story of Jesus being anointed with expensive, perfumed oil. Judas rebuked the woman who did it, saying that it was a waste to do so because the oil could have been sold for a great price and the money given to the poor. Christ in turn rebuked Judas, knowing that wasn’t his true intention in the first place. “You will always have the poor with you,” was Christ’s response.

There’s a couple of different ways to look at this. First off, it shows that when we have the opportunity to do something for the Lord, we should take it, while we’ll always have the opportunity to minister to the poor. Secondly, this was a stinging condemnation of socialism 1600+ years before socialism was even a formulated concept.

Two other scripture references regarding personal responsibility versus blaming society are Christ’s encounter with the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) and the Rich Young Ruler’s inability to do more than just give lip service to responsibility in Matthew 19:16-22.

Here’s a great phrase from political commentator Bryan Crabtree — “the delusion of tolerance.” Throughout history, we’ve seen cultures destroy themselves by opening their gates and dropping their defenses to influences counter to their very existence. Islam, on the other hand, has managed to flourish for over 1400 years because it’s stayed intolerant towards any other way of life.

Yet, now our Attorney General tells us we’re not showing enough “love” toward Islam? They certainly showed us a lot of love on 9/11.

Liberals seek to focus any discussion on tolerance not on individual responsibility, but rather on conservatives “intolerance” of those who wish to destroy us. Therefore, it’s not Islam that wants to destroy us, but guns do. Riots are always caused by white racism. Victims of crime are unfortunate, but our true compassion should be towards the equally unfortunate criminals who can’t help themselves.

True compassion should show people how to better themselves, not do things for them they’re capable of doing for themselves. In the end, personal responsibility trumps compassion and tolerance.

Proverbs 14:12 says it best: “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Sometimes, true compassion is the ability to say “NO”…and mean it.

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John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.