May 09, 2001
In order for the doctor to cure, he must first diagnose. In order for a mechanic to repair, he must first diagnose. In order to fix a social problem, we must first diagnose. In order to do something about social problems we must first diagnose. Without question the basic problem is the depravity of man. Only a new birth can fix that problem, but the new birth is individualistic. It is absurd to cry for individualistic solutions for social problems.
School violence is a social problem. Drugs are a social problem. College campus protest against capitalism is a problem. All of us want our schools and our streets to be safe. My diagnosis is that since the 1960ís our society has been implicitly, if not explicitly, teaching our youth that they are god. We are becoming increasingly intolerant of any that would dare hint that the individual is not god. The entertainment industry has been exemplifying that the individual is god; the news media has been promulgating it; the man-centered, man-pleasing liberal churches have been bowing be-fore it; our academic institutions have been teaching it; our politicians and bureaucrats have been legislating it.
For man to be free he must live in a composite society. Yet our institutions are destroying real diversity by replacing the democracy of persons with a democracy of opinion. It is against political correctness (PC) to speak of conviction. PC would have you to speak of opinion. Opinion is based on internal elements whereas conviction is based on evidence outside of oneís self. It is my conviction, based on the Word of God, that truth is intuitive to the God of authentic Christianity and reality is inherent with God. That is a conviction! No! No! cries PC, that is your opinion.
While some of us believe that truth and reality are transcendent to man, PC has been teaching in various ways and different means that truth and reality are inherent to the individual. It is self-evident that solutions that require change in individuals, such as parents, must be an individualistic solution. Yet many problems are blamed on the parents as if solutions for the individual can solve social problems.
Clearly the doctrine that truth and reality are inherent to the individual is implicitly teaching that the individual is god. Truth and reality are inherent to God: PC teaches that truth and reality are inherent to the individual: it logically follows that the individual is god. On the basis that truth and reality were inherent to her, Shirley McClain publicly proclaimed, "I am god."
Consider that the Judeo-Christian God says of Himself in Deuteronomy 32:39 "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." Now if God says He determines life or death, and the individual is god, why should not the individual do what he feels like and go on a killing spree? PC teaches it is ok to for the individual to kill an unborn child, why not kill the born child? Our youth hears that their opinion is the only reason to say no to drugs or illicit sex.
The social problem will not be solved until we ignore the radical left and get back to the teaching of our American fathers that truth and reality are transcendent. Society will continue to destroy itsí self until we allow conviction to have a place in public forum and return to real diversity.
We need to rid ourselves of the restrictiveness of liberalism, dash the forced unity in PC multiculturalism; stop the intolerance in the cry to tolerance; quit distorting the establishment clause of the 1st amendment in order to quash the restrictive clause of the 1st amendment.
PC is the religious dogmatism of those who cry against dogmatism.
Yours for a composite society
charles j. arnett, Union Ohio