For the 4th of July I was originally going to use a Doug Wilson piece from his blog Blog and Mablog. I hate how he has jacked a very clever name for his blog. I would bet Doug thinks it makes him as a high intellectual. Too bad everything he writes is so nonsensical. Here is Doug Wilson’s twisted patriotism on the 4th of July.
He’d pontificated a number of times in the week leading up to the 4th on his ideas about liberals versus Christians in his backwards ways. I’d wanted to share that but the antics of Lori Alexander and Larry Solomon took up my time.
One of the biggest problems I have with the political writings of Doug Wilson is that it merely widens the gap between the sides. As long as there is this ridiculous caricature painting of the other side there can not be any real informed discussions. His fake news rhetoric is a symptom of the worse of politics. We need to work towards a mutual goal, or we assure our own mutual destruction. This is what’s wrong with Doug’s writing, the damage he does. Let’s look at a few select passages.
So it matters what you praise and it matters what you blame. And why. Patriots want to honor what is honorable about our heritage, and damn what is damnable. Leftists want to damn what is honorable, and honor what is damnable. But both of them do both. Both sides honor and both sides damn. That is simply a structural similarity. The direction of the verbs matters, and the content of the direct objects matters, and that is where true difference lies.
Doug is busy doubling down on the worst most immoral ideas to ever emerge from modern politics. The caging of innocent children who are being denied basics like toothbrushes, medicines, medical care, blankets, beds and the beat goes on. The cutting of funding for programs that impact seniors like Meals on Wheels. The gutting of our food stamp program. What does it say about us as a nation that people are dying from lack of healthcare, our veterans are homeless, and the most vulnerable suffer the most? Somehow I doubt God smiles upon this.
It does matter what you curse and what you praise. But Doug has it backwards here. There is nothing that is not detestable going on right now in our government. But then again, I’m not the one threatening to bomb public schools, like Doug did.
True patriots do not shrink from recognizing their nation’s sins. Quite the opposite. But only ideologues see nothing but those sins, and ideology is a work of the flesh. It is natural to the natural man, and is necessarily carnal. But the spiritual man approaches all such issues quite differently.It is true that we have despised God in many ways. But because we still love our people, our heritage, and our nobler ideals, we therefore cry out to Him. And . . . “he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry” (Ps. 106:44).
How Doug claims loving the people all the while trying to hate on most of them I will never know. There are no noble ideals in what he says, only disdain for the other, the different, the poor, the needy and the helpless, unless it’s a baby in danger of being aborted. That’s the only time Doug and his ilk will stand up for the rights of anyone not themselves.
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