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 Colossians 2:8.
Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
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 Colossians 2:8.” The modern day political school of thought called Progressivism is one of these philosophies.
Most hard working Americans are so busy with everyday living that anyone called Progressive sounds like they are about progress so they must be OK. Who doesn’t want progress, right? What they don’t realize is that it is the philosophy of men that believes America needs to move or “progress” beyond the principles of the American founding. It is a philosophy that destroys our foundations. Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” They progressively reject the Founding Principles of our nation with a pride filled view that they know better than everyone else. Progressives hold that human nature is shape-able and that society is perfectible. They base it on the observation of man’s history moving forward with improvement and progress reasoning that political ways of government ought to also be constantly “changing “and progressing to something better. It is a man centered humanistic philosophy that really is about giving government more power to order, control, and engineer society. It goes toward making the state supreme to fix whatever they deem as an ill in society or humanity.
Progressives believe unelected experts they think are 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 which means more taxation upon everyday working people and more spending on the bureaucrats part. Since human nature is improving and fixed absolute principles, in their view, 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 errantly 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. They believe we’ll be able to come up with something better and better in government because the Declaration of Independence and Constitution with its Bill of Rights is old and outdated.
Here’s where 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. Progressives need a spiritual world view of mankind which would keep them from trying to make government god in people’s lives. Neither man, his philosophies, or his government are the center of the universe. The truth is:
1. 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.
2. There is also a devil (a fallen angel) on the loose who is not in hell yet Revelation 12:7-12.
We must have a clear view of man himself, the world we live in, and the devil so we can have the right kind of government and conscientiously support our government.