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Leaning to the Right or to the Left?

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Published on: August 31, 2019

I’ll never forget the night of November 4, 2008, the night Barack Hussein Obama was declared the next president of the United States of America.  Did the voters on the political right and conservatives everywhere come unglued?  Did they collapse to their respective floors and weep and moan and proclaim the world was going to end as they knew it?  Did they take to the streets and attack anyone wearing an Obama cap?  Were their little children let out of school so they could properly mourn and protest?  Were conservative college students—grown men and women—so distraught that they had to be given “safe spaces” to weep and mourn; their classes canceled because they could not function due to the depth of their grief?  Was Mr. Obama called every filthy name the right-wingers could muster, including the “N”-word?  Did those on the right destroy businesses of those on the political left?  Did they bar members of Obama’s staff and presidential cabinet from restaurants, cafes, theaters and other public venues?

Did members of the Hollywood elite on the political right (there is a handful) proclaim that Obama should be impeached, or worse, assassinated?  Were conservative newspapers (again, there are a few) and broadcast media criticize Obama’s every move and policies, most often with the vilest and most heinous rhetoric and false accusations?  Did mobs of conservatives don black masks, ski caps and hoodies and take to the streets with baseball bats, bottles of urine and bags of human and animal feces and attack whomever they deemed to be an Obama supporter?  Was there chaos and lawlessness everywhere?  Did politicians on the right get drawn into anarchy, calling for their fellow conservatives to assault Obama supporters wherever they found them?  Were people on the left afraid to leave their homes without first arming themselves?  Did people on the right become so filled with hatred for Obama and his followers that they even advocated unimaginable violence against his two young daughters and the raping of his wife?  Was Obama’s eight years in office the most horrible, disgusting, the most violent aftermath of an election in the history of the United States?

Do you remember any of that occurring?  No?  I don’t either, because it never happened.  However, all of that has happened and much more and continues to happen since the lawful election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America on November 8, 2016.

Have you ever wondered what makes people on the left (the “liberals” or “progressives”) so outrageous in their thinking and actions, or why those on the political right (the “conservatives”) seem to have a more rational and calm approach to life?

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Are you to the left or to the right, politically speaking? When did “left” and “right” start being used to describe political parties or political ideologies?  What does the Bible have to say about people on the right or left?

The predominate thinking of left and right divisions points to the French Revolution of 1789-1799. When the seating of the National Assembly took place those who were loyal to religion (i.e., Christianity) and the king were seated to the right of the president and those who supported the revolution sat on the left.  When the National Assembly was replaced with a Legislative Assembly in 1791, the “innovators” (revolutionaries) sat on the left, the “moderates” sat in the center and the “conscientious defenders of the constitution” sat on the right.

Burke vs. Paine. The political divisions of left and right became solidified in the ongoing political pamphlet war between Edmund Burke of Britain and Thomas Paine of America during the 1790s. Burke was a conservative while Paine was considered to be more liberal.  In 1790 Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France.  Burke was known as a great reformer and many assumed that he would embrace the French Revolution as did intellectuals, radicals and orthodox British.  However, in Reflections Burke revealed his disdain for the Revolution, which he proclaimed would descend into anarchy, terror and war, which it did.

Burke’s position outraged Paine, who responded with his lengthy pamphlet of 31 articles, The Rights of Man, in 1791.  The pamphlet “war” became a literary battle between Burke, the consummate intellectual with a mastery of facts and a deep understanding of the limitations of man versus Paine, known for his hatred of authority in any form, rejecting conventional wisdom and tradition in exchange for re-establishing society and government based on abstract reasoning (Sound currently familiar?).  While Burke was typically admired by his contemporaries for his integrity and dignity, Paine garnered little admiration, even from his followers.  Burke was considered to be the consummate conservative on the “right”, while Paine was looked upon as the ordered radical on the “left”.

The reaction of the left vs. that of the right. Have you noticed that when people on the “left” get upset when things do not go their way they seem motivated to ridicule, demean and dehumanize their opposition? When they really get upset, they vehemently protest, riot, oppose authority, destroy other people’s property and businesses and even injure the innocent or those that serve to protect.  In the extreme, they seem to go ballistic; become irrational and are driven by unreasonable and idiotic proposals and demands.  They are all too willing to destroy society in order to “rebuild” it in their image.

People on the “right” on the other hand, when they are upset because things do not go as they hoped for or planned, typically do not demean the opposition, riot, destroy property or threaten the well being of others. They tend not to break the law, but, rather, respect the law to do what is right and constitutional.  Their typical form of protest is through the written or spoken word, peaceful assembly to voice their opinions, or by voicing their disappointment or disapproval via the ballot box.  They take legal channels to work for change.  This may take longer, but their methods do not disrupt or threaten the stability or well being of individuals or society.

Well, I think I have discovered the reason for this great divergence of behavior between the left and the right political and societal factions. In the Bible, the wise sage, King Solomon, mused long ago that, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left” (Ecclesiastes 10:2, NKJV).  In the NIV translation of the Bible, the same verse reads thus: “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”  The Amplified version of the Bible states the verse this way:  “A wise man’s heart turns him toward the right [which is the way of blessing], but a fool’s heart turns him toward the left [which is the way of condemnation].”

Well, there you have it. The Bible says that those who are on the left are fools, deserving condemnation, while those on the right are wise, deserving of blessing.  Oh, I know some will say I am cherry-picking one verse in the Bible to make a point.  But, wait there is more.

Sheep vs. Goats.  In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, Jesus makes it clear what God’s Judgment will be like. Starting in verse 31, Jesus stated, “When the

Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left” (vss. 31-33).

Prior to this chapter, Jesus used the term “sheep” to refer to those He sought to follow Him or those who were following Him.  In other words, the sheep are those who would be obedient to His calling.

Jesus’ narrative continues:

“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me’” (vss. 34-36).  Jesus points out that it is those on the right that were obedient to God’s will and purpose even though they may not have known it.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (vss. 37-40).

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (vss. 41-46).

Now you know why people on the “left” have lost their collective minds over the commanding political victories of Republicans on the “right.” The left, which has now become progressively aligned with communist, Marxist views and refuses to oppose radical Islam, no longer represents anything that resembles our Founder’s America.  The left has become unhinged, violent and literally insane in their approach to disappointment, defeat or objection to political policy.  Those on the “right” still have a strong desire to follow the U.S. Constitution so wisely laid down by America’s Founding Fathers; following legal procedures enshrined for our Republic almost two-and-a-half centuries ago.

The preceding scripture in Matthew, some might observantly point out, would seem to support the left’s outrage and their compassion for the “stranger” or refugee.  But are the majority on the left really concerned about the plight of the refugee?  Granted there are some on the left who have genuine compassion for those in need, but they tend to express their concerns in rational, dignified ways.  However, it would seem that the vociferous majority on the left (Democrats, progressives, liberal college students, the liberal media, Hollywood types, etc.) have gone ballistic over President Trump’s attempts to mollify the great wave of illegal immigrants assaulting America’s southern border, many who are from hostile Mid-Eastern or Islamic countries.  Is their outrage motivated by their compassion for the “refugee” or are they motivated by their vitriolic hatred of President Trump?  I believe it is clearly the latter as well as their desire to bolster their political base.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.  –Proverbs 29:2

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