Conscience and the Left’s Moral Posturing

If you follow the news, you may have noticed an interesting phenomenon. The more progressive/left-leaning someone is, the more strident and uncompromising they are in advocating for their beliefs, to the point that they prefer to shut down those who disagree; rather than have a reasonable discussion. Some of this can, no doubt, be ascribed to simple partisanship, while a much larger share is attributable to an inability to think critically, shameful immaturity, and the fundamental incoherence of their beliefs. These factors have been explored by secular commentators; but what I haven’t seen addressed, and what I think is a major cause of Leftists’ aggressive intransigence, is the role of conscience in the raging maelstrom of hatred that is woke culture. It is exactly what we see in Romans 1:18-23

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

The denizens of the radical Left know deep down that their beliefs are wrong, that’s why they use such hyperbolic language about their ideological opponents. To disagree with them makes you not just wrong but evil. The belief that they are opposing Nazis, racists, misogynists, and the rest of the progressive litany of hate lets them feel virtuous, even as they suppress the truth that their positions are truly evil. It’s why they’re so opposed to Christianity. They’re in rebellion against God, and it torments their consciences.

This explains how their position on abortion went from ‘safe, legal and rare’, where it was supposedly a sad neccessity, to ‘shout your abortion’, where women are encouraged to celebrate murdering their own children. The conscience revolts at the thought of killing one’s own child, so they must beat it into silence by yelling about how proud they are of what they’ve done. The thinking (what there is of it) goes that if they say it loudly and often enough, they will start to actually feel the way they say they do. This also helps to explain why they are so eager to shut down opposing viewpoints, not with reason, but with insults, hysterics and threats of violence. To have a reasonable debate requires thought, and brings them face to face with what they are really defending; which they know to be indefensible.

The same phenomenon manifests in the leftist view on race. They decry racism with a fervor bordering on (and often crossing into) hysteria, while employing racist tropes like ‘white privilege’, where they dismiss a white person’s accomplishments based on the color of their skin. They can’t help but know it’s racist, but they do it anyway. This drives them to oppose racism, both real and made up (mostly the latter), with fanatical zeal; because if they’re so fiercely opposed to racism they can’t be racist, supposedly. This, of course, is not the case. Zeal is no substitute for truth. To the intersectional left, skin color is foundational to how virtuous you are, which is textbook racism. This is quite obvious if you consider it, but the Left continues to embrace what they know is wrong.

This is made most obvious in their hatred for Christianity. This is why Christians catch so much heat for opposing homosexuality; as Paul wrote in Romans 1:19: because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. God is opposed to abortion, racism, and homosexuality, among other things the Left supports. Deep down, leftists know that what they are pushing for is wrong, but instead of repenting they double and even triple down on their positions and insist on their morality.

We must not think that because the Left is so fervent that they’re in the right. Volume and zeal are not arguments. The hysteria comes not from a deep sense of morality, but from lost souls trying to beat their consciences into submission. For conservative Christians, it’s easy to feel like the bad guys, because we don’t (and shouldn’t) go into hysterics over real injustices, or the fake injustices that the Left throws fits about. They look like they care more, because they seem so distraught, albeit mostly over nonsense. This can lead us to give them more credence than they deserve, because they (supposedly) care about the issues so much. The fact is, the main reason they’re bent out of shape is that they’re fighting with the knowledge of God and His law that is built into them. That is why they can’t handle reasonable debate, because their anger isn’t based on reason, but on the pain of doing pitched battle with their own consciences.

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