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Andrew Cuomo and Unwanted Conservatives

Governor Cuomo stated out loud what the majority of Americans appear to already think: If you have any biblical convictions, find someplace else to live.
Andrew Cuomo and Unwanted Conservatives

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

"Progressive Liberalism" and "Extreme (i.e. Tea Party) Conservatism" seem to have taken on the roles of God and Satan in our nation.  People in each faction assume the other party is from Hell and their side is the answer to everyone's prayers, with the exception of the atheists.  No offense.  Such is the nature of American politics these days.  Vitriol is in no short supply on either side of this great divide.

But when Mayor Cuomo came out on January 20th, 2014 with this statement, he took the gloves off and showed what seems to be the collective mindset of mostly Democratic (as well as a lot of Republican) "progressives" everywhere:

"Their [i.e. the Republicans] problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves," he said. "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are." 1

The three issues Governor Cuomo raises (pro-life, pro 2nd Amendment/self-defense, and traditional marriage) are issues Progressives love to hate.  "Income inequality" is rising in the ranks very quickly as well as a major progressive doctrinal position.  But of course, the Progressives would accuse the--shall we call them "Regressives"--of hate crimes against their pet issues as well.

I cannot help but think all this intolerance of each other's conflicting views about what are largely moral issues, will eventually come to a very bad end.  For those of us who are convinced the Bible has something to say, and usually says it very clearly, about nearly every political issue, we are most assuredly feeling like the proverbial red headed step children that nobody, Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, Progressive or Tea Partier, wants.  To be biblical in one's thinking is to be fundamentally incompatible with virtually every aspect of national American politics.

At the risk of sounding like an extreme conservative, let me say I fear the prophet Isaiah may have been speaking not only of the nation of Judah, but of any nation that is guilty of the same sin as were they when he said:

[20] Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
[21] Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!
[22] Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
[23] who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of his right!
[24] Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,
so their root will be as rottenness,
and their blossom go up like dust;
for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
[25] Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people(Isaiah 5:20-25a ESV)

 

As a nation, our biblical roots are undeniable.  250 years ago, the religion of America was Christianity.  Our thinking, our laws, our courts, our families, and our lives were deeply influenced by the teachings of Scripture.  But today, anyone who would claim to have biblical convictions about how public policy issues should be decided is considered an "extreme conservative" who has "no place in the state of New York". And how long will it be before it will be hard to find a place anywhere in the good ol' US of A?  This is the direction in which our culture is moving en masse specifically because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

This is true.  We are clearly an anti-biblical society and relatively few would deny it.  Soon, there will be no place in America where the Bible and those who believe it will be tolerated in politics or anywhere else in the public forum.  When that happens--when Governor Cuomo's personal hatred for those who would differ with him (and apparently the vast majority of New Yorkers) on these moral issues--when his personal convictions become the law of the land, will the Lord deal with us as a nation in a similar manner as He dealt with His people in the days of Isaiah and Jeremiah?

Once again, at the risk of being negatively politically profiled, I quote the Bible:

[5] But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.[6] He will render to each one according to his works: [7] to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; [8] but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. [9] There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, [10] but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. [11] For God shows no partiality. (Romans 2:5-11 ESV)

The problem here is all those on both sides of the political isle are convinced what they are doing IS GOOD.  One side, the so-called Conservatives, holds roughly (Very roughly, I might add) to biblical standards of conduct and thinking such as marriage between a man and a woman. And if a man will not work, do not let him eat.  And children are a blessing.

The other side sees those same biblical ways of thinking as overbearing and restrictive and not much fun.  Thus the self-styled moniker, "Progressive".  They want to "move on", they want to get over those old, musty, scriptural, often times Christian ways of thinking.

Progressives want to create a better standard of living based upon radical freedom to legally do pretty much anything they feel like doing.  Such as murdering one's own unborn children, or have unlimited sexual relations with an unlimited number of male and/or female consenting adults (shades of Solomon!), or make it illegal for anyone to possess a firearm that might be used to defend ones' self and one's family against multitudes of criminals who have no problem whatsoever acquiring those same weapons.

The main problem with people legally doing whatever they feel like doing is people never naturally feel like doing what God has commanded them to do.  Never.  See Genesis 6:5-8 and Romans 3:9-18.  It is fairly self-explanatory.  I will not reiterate it here.

So not only is America on a slippery slope leading to more and more anti-biblical and therefore anti-God thinking and living, but the entire race, the entire globe suffers from this anti-godly heart condition.  To a man.  No, there is not one exception to this rule apart from Jesus Christ.

Therefore, Governor Cuomo's blunt statement concerning those who may have some latent, scriptural "convictions" that stand in opposition to his own potently unbiblical political and moral convictions, is not surprising.  Unwanted children are cast off.  Unwanted political opinions are ridiculed to scorn.  Unwanted citizens are informed they should look for a new home.  This is no different than those political leaders 2000 years ago who did not want Jesus.  They preferred a criminal, a murderer, be released to them, rather than have that Bible-quoting Jesus walking around and stirring up trouble, interfering with their political aspirations.

This is no different than that.

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