What is it to be a Progressive? To me they are people with good but misdirected intentions and utopian ideals.
I used to think Utopia was the jargon of science fiction or more like a fairytale; a harmless intention of the imagination, but I was wrong. Peter Hitchens the British Journalist recently described the Utopian reality as something “that can only be approached over a sea of blood, and you never arrive.” And he said if you know your history all attempts at Utopian societies have in fact failed. I think this is partly true because they believe that Kings, social justice warriors, and reconstructionists are solely accountable to mankind. And partly because they believe in what Hitchens and I call “Selfism.” These folks are too dim to understand the benefits of the ordered society they currently enjoy and too autonomous in their thinking to believe it’s not just your body, there is a baby inside, you cannot do with it whatever you want. Such progressives are schizophrenic. They wish to be both self governed and have community assigned limits over the rest of us. They want individual powers and authoritarian limits defined by the needs of the ‘community’ as embodied by the state.
Christianity takes a different path. To Christians, law (God’s law) is above all human power and the whole of christian thought is not to reform society but to reform the individual soul. Reform the individual soul and society will simply be better off. It takes a different way of thinking to understand this. The progressove left believes the endless interventions of an all powerful government will lead us to a moral utopian society. This is just not the case.
We have seen that the left (combine the progressive “left” with the loudest atheists, radicals, and unbelievers) in reality only obey the law when it suits them. This is perfectly plain to see in our present society. People only obey the temporal law when it is enforced. This is because people are flawed and they can be nothing else but flawed, or flawed and forgiven; and only Christ can forgive us. Immanuel Kant said, “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made,” and he was right, this is why Christ came. This is what I firmly believe.
Further, the whole point of Christian law is to obey it if only God is watching. But the whole of Utopian law is to administer justice according to what the mob consents to, then crush all decent.
But I can hear some of you saying to have “progress” is to be progressive! “Things are better today than they were a hundred years ago, right?” Here I must ask is it progress for liberal parents to oppose the spanking of children and feed them mind numbing drugs like Ridilin instead? Is it progress to stop funding the police and have crime and murders soar instead? Is it progress to own several cars, support a coal burning plant to power your Apple cell phone, own 22 pairs of shoes, and have Facebook to search out children to exploit?
Progress to many means they “like” more of the things that are happening today than they used to. If you say things are changing I’ll agree to that. But are they changing for the good? This is debatable! Things therefore are not necessarily better if we cease to be cruel in one way and become more so in another, that’s not progress. To the progressive the goal is not simply medical and scientific progress, but they also wish to slide the scales in favor of unlimited personal indulgence. Some say, “I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” This idealism is not necessarily good, as good is often the sister of evil. Look at divorce, this is a socially acceptable norn these days. The progressive left pushed for the “freedom” to divorce your spouse for no particular fault. What a disaster that created for society, but it is not even remotely argued against today. Even the church bought into the evil of it. Was this progress? Is the indescriminate killing of babies in the womb progress? Is trying out several boyfriends or girlfriends before marriage progress? The appeal of the progressive left is always to rid ourselves of the hornets nest by burning down the house. This happened with Covid for sure.
I could go on and on but for those of you who “think” I believe you might be getting bored, and for those of you who are progressives, you are likely getting steamed, so I’ll stop. But I’ll leave you with this thought. The deep dive into truth is often the most frightening, but also the most enlightening. Take the time to consider what “progressive” really means. The jump off that train might hurt a little, but i believe you’ll be happier if you do!