Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
The Apostle Paul in writing to the Colossians gives a warning about philosophies of men that ultimately are empty, delusional, based on worldly principles, and not after true wisdom found in Christ. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ Col 2:8.” A paraphrase could be “See that no one gains control over you making you a captive by human wisdom and philosophies after the delusions of men and principles of the world.” These philosophies are not merely in teachings within the church but also in economic, educational, and political systems of thought. Humanism is one such philosophy pervasive throughout our culture especially within the Progressive political utopian philosophy. Humanism is a system of thought that places man at the center of everything instead of a God centered view of the world and life. It values and prefers critical thinking and empirical evidence over faith and doctrine to affirm human progress and freedom. It is a philosophy that leads to making all things relative. Because objective morality does not exist (a standard of right and wrong outside of himself), no one’s behavior should be inhibited more than any other should. Everything is relative, nothing is fundamentally right or wrong, it depends on what the individual thinks is correct and the situation demands. Freedom is interpreted to mean the absence of inhibitions and limitations.
The modern day political school of thought called Progressivism mirrors this philosophy. It is the philosophy of men that believes America needs to move or “progress” beyond the principles of the American Founding. Progressives hold that human nature is shap-eable and that society is perfectible. They base it on the observation of history’s movement forward to improvement and progress that political ways of government ought to also be constantly “changing “and progressing to something better. Progressives believe unelected experts smarter than the rest of us ought to supervise a vast expanding administration of government. That is why they believe we need bigger and bigger government bureaucracies. Since human nature is improving, and fixed absolute principles do not exist, government must be updated according to present circumstances. This is why they think they can create rights that do not exist in our Founding documents. They arrogantly think the Constitution’s arrangement of government, based upon the separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism, are obstacles to effective government. They favor an adapting, evolving, “living” Constitution instead of the limited government of the Founding Constitution.
Progressives need a spiritual world view of mankind which would keep them from trying to make government god in people’s lives. Their reasoning is flawed. Man is not becoming progressively better in his nature and absolute truths don’t need to morph or change into something better. Absolute truths cannot be improved upon and they are timeless. We live in a cursed creation (fallen world) Romans 8:19-20 and apart from God man is a sinner and not at all good (fallen man) Ephesians 2:1-3. There is also a devil (a fallen angel) on the loose who is not in hell yet Revelation 12:7-12.
You may be interested to know that the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage issued their majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 26, 2015. It was issued even before the opinion could be bound for the press in the packet they normally receive to make it happen on this date. This is the same date Justice Kennedy issued the majority opinion striking down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013 and the majority opinion Justice Kennedy wrote for the striking down of the Texas sodomy laws in Lawrence vs Texas that was issued on June 26, 2003. Coincidence or political philosophy, what do you think?