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godless righteousness
5-23-10 | Bill Randles

Posted on 05/22/2010 9:29:03 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles

godless righteousness

Do you remember the 1960's social and moral revolution? The youth movement of the left were out to break all of the rules, and liberate society from the bondage of the past. As one of the anthems of the time proclaimed,"Whole world, whole world ,easy to see, that people every where just want to be free".

Isn't it ironic that those same 'revolutionaries',now come of age , have created a society which is vastly more restricted than the one they worked so hard to undermine? We now live in a 'Brave new world' where every aspect of life is hyper regulated, where speech is scrutinised to the point of absurdity and even thought is criminalised!(Hate crimes laws)

And though they have cast off the shackles of "any fear of God" they have their concept of 'righteousness'. They are religious about global warming, saving the planet,'tolerance' of all religions(except evangeical christianity), Women's rights,transgender acceptance and multiculturalism.

My theory is that because they arel made in the Image of God, and because they have come out of a culture which had a strong Christian consensus, they must have a form of godliness,even though they don't believe in God! Therefore they cultivate a 'godless righteousness'.

The idea of being made accountable for the sins enumerated in the ten commandments has been rejected by the left, by and large, but they have their own tablets of stone. "Thou shalt not Judge another, Thou shalt not smoke,(in public or in private), thou shalt not say there are any absolutes, Thou shalt not think One culture to be any greater than another, Thou shalt not infringe on a womans right to choose..." etc.

It has often been pointed out that as long as these pieties have been observed nothing else a person does matters to the left.All personal behaviour can be excused as long as these positions are held.

The real sins, which have proliferated and intensified by the sexual revolution, for example, rampant fornication, homosexuality, adultery,and abortion, affect the consciences of those who practice and promote them whether they believe in God or not. That s part of the reason why the Left has developed and alternate righteousness , to try to feel good about themselves, and to assure themselves that because they support x cause, or wear the ribbon in solidarity with Y cause. They are 'good people" no matter what their personal behaviour.

The tragedy is that this 'godless righteousness' is a sham, and about as satisfying as Adam and Eve's fig leaves. It can't cover up the shame of sin,it cannot truly heal the conscience, and it definitely cannot reconcile anyone to a Holy and Loving God.

There is a real Righteousness-(Right Standing) that comes by humbly acknowledging to the real God,that we have sinned against him, and that we believe in Jesus, who came to offer Himself to God as a sacrafice for our sins. This Righteousness can only be recieved as a Gift from God, but He freely gives it to those who accept jesus Christ!


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: boomers; hypocrisy; pretense; righteousness

1 posted on 05/22/2010 9:29:04 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

Hmmm.


2 posted on 05/22/2010 9:34:32 PM PDT by allmost
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To: pastorbillrandles
I think the lyric is "All the world over, so easy to see People everywhere just wanna be free."

As an atheist, I think the Right is way to obsessed with the feeling of being a victim of the godless Left. I think the issue is much, MUCH more about cultural engineering. While most Leftist have a chip on their shoulder about God and religion, they're much more focused on cultural order and the function of government being about re-education. The Right seems far more concerned with the religious aspect which, in the big picture, isn't something the Left cares about one way or another--they see all religions as being "Other" to them. There are plenty of Leftist Christians (there's a history of Leftist Catholics, in particular), and I think the obsession with being victimized over religion is actually a symptom; Leftist believe that once they've made their little worker's paradise here on Earth, religion will just fall away.

Not saying there aren't attacks on religion, but that they're not 1/100th of the real issue.

3 posted on 05/22/2010 9:43:31 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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To: pastorbillrandles
Work on the capitalization etc., before you send it out.
4 posted on 05/22/2010 9:46:49 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: pastorbillrandles
Therefore they cultivate a 'godless righteousness'.

It is true that God's laws are etched on every man's heart. Some semblance of right and wrong are known by most, even by those that reject God. But those that bow to someone or something other than God can only be called "Self Righteous".

5 posted on 05/22/2010 9:53:26 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: pastorbillrandles

“....to assure themselves that because they support x cause, or wear the ribbon in solidarity with Y cause. They are ‘good people” no matter what their personal behaviour.”

I make a similar point toward the end of the final lecture of my Western Civilization class:

http://www3.northern.edu/marmorsa/reform2lec.htm


6 posted on 05/22/2010 9:54:43 PM PDT by ancientart (Dems: The party who booed the Boy Scouts off the stage at the 2004 convention)
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To: Darkwolf377
As an atheist, I think the Right is way to obsessed with the feeling of being a victim of the godless Left.

As a white American of European descent, I think the Africans are too obsessed with the Hutu and Tutsi fight. If I identified with either one, I would probably have an opinion, and a strong one at that.

Christians understand that Christian American culture is being destroyed by the left. But please don't call Christians victims. We have been emancipated.

7 posted on 05/22/2010 10:00:14 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Very Heavy Words, Thank you.


8 posted on 05/22/2010 10:00:38 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: pastorbillrandles
And though they have cast off the shackles of "any fear of God" they have their concept of 'righteousness'. They are religious about global warming, saving the planet,'tolerance' of all religions(except evangeical christianity), Women's rights,transgender acceptance and multiculturalism...excellent point - the "righteousness" - or better maybe self-righteousness - is perhaps the strongest carryover from the '60's, and a defining characteristic of the left, leading to their smug dismissal of those whom they disagree with and their priggish insistence that they know best in everything - kind of like the new Puritans.....
9 posted on 05/22/2010 10:02:35 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: pastorbillrandles

Amen Brother!! Tell it like it is!! They can’t handle truth! For those who don’t beleive in God. How do you think you were created? If God didn’t create you than who or what did? Did we crawl out of the oceans as one celled amoebas and evolve from that? I don’t think so.


10 posted on 05/22/2010 10:03:04 PM PDT by Mier (I'm a birther and I don't care! Obama is not an Amereican!!!!!)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Amen Brother!! Tell it like it is!! They can’t handle truth! For those who don’t beleive in God. How do you think you were created? If God didn’t create you than who or what did? Did we crawl out of the oceans as one celled amoebas and evolve from that? I don’t think so.


11 posted on 05/22/2010 10:04:02 PM PDT by Mier (I'm a birther and I don't care! Obama is not an Amereican!!!!!)
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To: pastorbillrandles

I’ve had many an atheist attempt to make the case to me that humanity can be good without God. God sets the standard for morality. It is evident that we have all fallen short of that standard. The most important commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Anything less is sin - sin is unrighteousness.


12 posted on 05/22/2010 10:05:41 PM PDT by conservative_crusader (The voice of truth, tells me a different story. The voice of truth says do not be afraid.)
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To: pastorbillrandles

“They are religious about global warming, saving the planet,’tolerance’ of all religions(except evangeical christianity), Women’s rights,transgender acceptance and multiculturalism.”

= Liberation Theology = Christian Communism or Socialism = Heresy


13 posted on 05/22/2010 10:22:23 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Mier

Are you trolling, or have you actually never taken a science class? If you want to ask a tough question, it should be about abiogenesis, since the evolution from amoebas to complex multicellular life is comparatively straightforward. The reality is that any scientist will tell you that no one knows, because that is the intellectually honest answer.


14 posted on 05/23/2010 1:13:18 AM PDT by cvetic
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If you want to ask a tough question, it should be about abiogenesis

It is self-evident to me that, just as something cannot come from nothing, life cannot come from non-life. God is Life, among His countless attributes.

Science is good at connecting the dots within creation, but scientists run into profundities when attempting to explain origins and ends.

Jesus said "I am the Alpha and the Omega". That is a metaphysical statement, not analyzable by the scientific method. But it says a lot for me! Only God truely creates and only God destroys.

15 posted on 05/23/2010 2:02:32 AM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (BORDERS, LAWS and LANGUAGE)
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To: pastorbillrandles

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”- John Adams


16 posted on 05/23/2010 5:36:04 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

You are right-thank you


17 posted on 05/23/2010 6:03:41 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: ancientart

Wow, that was good, painful but good, thanks brother


18 posted on 05/23/2010 6:09:25 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: Darkwolf377
Thanks for the lyrical correction, and for the viewpoint. I don't consider myself so much a 'victim' of the godless left, it just so happens that so much of what we consider precious to our culture is a byproduct of Judeo/Christianity.

As for the "Christian Left", I believe that is what happens after "higher criticism" hollows out whatever real faith in God these people once had, leaving them with a religion whose only justification of existance is as a social services institution.

19 posted on 05/23/2010 6:16:18 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: Intolerant in NJ

spot on


20 posted on 05/23/2010 6:17:14 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: Darkwolf377

I always wonder how atheists refrain from committing suicide. If there is nothing after this life, no reward or punishment, and this life is fraught with sorrows, then why endure it.
As for the new 10 commandments of our secular humanistic society, what gives this society the right to establish its rules? I can understand obeying the rules of a higher life form as God but not rules ordained by one no better than me. Man is born free yet everywhere he in chains,


21 posted on 05/23/2010 6:19:30 AM PDT by bronx2
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