If you’re a Republican just minding your own business, you’ve seen better days. Here is John Zmirak’s summary of what Republicans have been doing on their summer vacation:
“The president’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, and her family were evicted from The Red Hen restaurant by an owner who disapproves of her politics. Then that owner led a mob to follow some of the Sanders family and harass them at the next place they went to eat. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tried to eat at a Mexican restaurant, only to face a mob of protestors inside the eatery screaming “Shame” amidst profanities and insults. Florida Attorney General (and frequent defender of President Trump on Fox News) Pam Bondi was identified, harassed, and spat on when she tried to watch the new Mr. Rogers movie. . . . A menacing mob gathered outside presidential speechwriter Stephen Miller’s apartment.”
- Steve Bannon was heckled in a Virginia bookstore.
- Mitch McConnell was chased from a Kentucky restaurant.
Most people, regardless of political orientation, can see the injustice and the danger of this kind of mob behavior. But not everyone. Congresswoman Maxine Waters would like to see more of it.
She’s a lot less enthusiastic about this kind of behavior, however, when she finds herself on the receiving end it, as the video below shows.Do you suppose, even for a second, that if that demon from the Bernie Sanders campaign had given any thought to Christ and to love of neighbor and to the possibilities of heaven and hell that that vermin could have gone ahead with his plan to murder every Republican member of Congress with a machine gun? It is inconceivable.
You will notice that the aggressors in all of these cases come from the Left. The reason is because the Left is responsible for almost all of it. This is not just a conservative’s prejudiced viewpoint, for many on the Left share the same opinion. One of them is famed Harvard law professor and “lion of liberalism” Alan Dershowitz. Hear what he has to say on this brief video:
And Dershowitz is not alone. Liberal Bill Maher will no longer speak on college campuses because of the Left’s intolerance of free speech. Liberal journalist Kirsten Powers wrote an entire book documenting how the Left is actively fighting against our free speech rights. And then there’s Dave Rubin of social media fame. He is an influential part of a growing #walkaway movement of former liberals who now reject the Left because of its anti-democratic ways. (Rubin, who is in a gay marriage, supports the conscience rights of Christian bakers, by the way.)
That there is such widespread bipartisan recognition that the Left has lost its mind should convince you that there is merit to the claim. So a natural question arises: What can explain this phenomenon? Why is all this irrational and uncivilized behavior coming from Democrats?
A common denominator can be discerned. All of these leftist miscreants engage in behavior toward others that they most certainly would not want done to themselves. The two videos of Maxine Waters above exemplify the point perfectly. So allow me for a moment to posit a controversial theory. Let me suggest that what we are witnessing from the Democratic Party is a most lamentable collapse in Christian thinking and behavior. Do you suppose, even for a second, that if that demon from the Bernie Sanders campaign had given any thought to Christ and to love of neighbor and to the possibilities of heaven and hell that that vermin could have gone ahead with his plan to murder every Republican member of Congress with a machine gun? It is inconceivable.
I can already hear the scoffers as I type these words, but demographics would seem to support this theory as the graph below from Pew Research illustrates: Christians are disappearing from the Democratic Party.
It’s only logical that, as this trend continues, we can expect to see a growing estrangement between the Left and Christianity. This is an ominous sign for Christians, to be sure, as many writers have observed. But it may bode ill for society more generally. For a popular opinion asserts that Christianity is the glue that holds civilization together. Eric Metaxas shows how many of the founding fathers believed that Christianity was essential to the republic in his excellent book If You Can Keep It. In it you can find this memorable quote from John Adams:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.—John Adams
Even Sigmund Freud—no fan of the Church— grudgingly admitted in Civilization and Its Discontents that Christianity was probably necessary to keep our selfish instincts in check so that the world would not descend into anarchy. But the New Atheists and their allies have mocked such ideas. They claim that “we don’t need God to be good”—that Christianity is good for nothing. In fact, it “poisons everything,” in the words of the late Christopher Hitchens. But despite all of their immense popularity and persuasiveness, it is just possible that the New Atheists are wrong about Christianity. The evidence coming in suggests they are terribly wrong.
And many conservatives are rightly sounding an alarm that this will become violent. (Also this and this.) Let me go on record and say the same—I warned you in my book, and I am warning you now. With the country as polarized as ever, both by the most consequential Supreme Court nomination in generations and the interminable investigations of our president, the political climate cannot afford to get any hotter before we see an ugly eruption. In fact, the eruptions have already begun:
ideas have consequences.
Ideas indeed have consequences. And it makes perfect sense that, as America continues down the path of apostasy, fewer and fewer Americans will be able to think and behave like Christians. Now we are about to reap the consequences of that apostasy. Be warned. And be prepared.
Here is a related video that uses neuroscience to explain how the Left became violent.