by: Dr. Allen Domelle
The elections are over, and the liberals are already revealing who they are. From a group who preaches the importance of reaching across the aisle, they are sure revealing how spoiled and exclusive they are. From the spoiled brats rioting, their actions are for another article, to liberals like Juan Williams spewing hateful venom, to tweets calling for President-elect Donald Trump’s assassination, the real agenda of liberals is being exposed.
It reminds me so much of three stories from the Scriptures. The first story is of Ahab, who went to Naboth to ask him for his vineyard. The vineyard was Naboth’s inheritance. It was what his fathers had passed down throughout the generations. Ahab wanted the vineyard because he wanted to sacrifice to Baal on the land, but Naboth would have nothing to do with it. Naboth told Ahab in 1 Kings 21:3, “…The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” He knew what Ahab would do with the vineyard, and he knew what the inheritance meant to God and his family. When Naboth wouldn’t give his vineyard, Ahab went “into his house heavy and displeased” because he didn’t get his way. It resulted in an evil plan to have Naboth assassinated because he wouldn’t bow to the spoiled liberals way.
Another story is found when Sennacherib, king of Assyria, demanded that Hezekiah surrender to him. Sennacherib said that if Hezekiah surrendered, that he would give him a “land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” The liberal always says that what they have is better than what you have; however, Hezekiah wouldn’t cower to the threats of the liberal king. This resulted in threats that Hezekiah would be destroyed because his basis upon which he based his decision was antiquated. Although history proves that Sennacherib was wrong, he tried to threaten God’s people into compromise with empty threats like every spoiled liberal does.
The last story that comes to mind is when Balak offered Balaam riches, power and prestige if he would cross the aisle and compromise his beliefs to curse God’s people. When you read the story, you see that Balaam initially rejected the offer, but after more offers and pressure from Balak, he accepted the offer to curse God’s people. Had it not been for divine intervention through a talking donkey, Balaam would have found himself on the wrong side of history. Instead, he went and blessed the people of God, in spite of Balak offering compromise after compromise. When Balak didn’t get his way, he responded like every spoiled liberal responds. His response is found in Numbers 24:10-11 where it says, “And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.” Balak’s final response was a threat in hopes to get Balaam to offer a reconciliatory spirit, which he did not.
The results of this past election have revealed who liberals are and what they want. The rioting, threats and the “concerned” counsel by liberals to President-elect Donald Trump to offer an olive branch to the Democrats is simply another tool out of their playbook to get their way. I’m always amazed how liberals demand that those who stand for right should have a conciliatory spirit and not stand firmly on what they believe; yet, they won’t budge when they are in power. When liberals don’t get their way, they cry, riot, and demand that we should change who we are because they lost.
I believe this past victory gives us great insight into what those who are old paths, independent Baptist should do in response to the liberal cry to be more conciliatory in our stance. There are those in the “Christian” world, and I use this term lightly, who think that the old paths, independent Baptist are running people off with our stance on the Scriptures. Wow; it seems like I’ve just heard this from all the liberals who say you can’t win an election with conservative policies. I have several answers to those spoiled liberal “Christians” who say the old paths don’t work and that we should tone down our beliefs from the Scriptures.
1. I don’t do what I do because it is popular or because it attracts crowds. I do what I do because the Scriptures command me to do it.
We are commanded in Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye shouldearnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” God didn’t tell us to contend for crowds, but He said to “contend for the faith.” My friend, when you get to the point that crowds are more important than embracing truth, you are on changing ground. You will always find that those who do right have never been popular. John the Baptist certainly wasn’t popular, and he lost his head for doing right. Jesus wasn’t popular with the religious crowd, and they crucified Him for not falling into lock-step with their agenda. You will find that you will never be in the popular crowd when you stand firmly for truth. What we need today are Christians who fall in love with truth and embrace it, instead of trying to be appealing to the world to attract big crowds. You should never measure what you do by whether it builds crowds or is accepted by the populace, but you should measure what you do by whether it is right or wrong.
2. If liberal “Christians” are so concerned with meeting in the middle, why don’t they make the first move?
Isn’t it always amazing how liberals demand that we make the first step. This has been the Devil’s ploy since the beginning of time. He knows that whoever makes the first move has lost. That is why he tried to get Moses to compromise, but he quickly found out that Moses understood that truth was more important than the opinion of the Egyptians. You can never worry about how the world perceives you; instead, you must be concerned with God’s perception of you. Matthew 10:28 says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Christian’s response to the liberals cry to move should be patterned after Nehemiah’s response. He said in Nehemiah 6:3, “…I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” My friend, don’t move when the liberal demands you make the first conciliatory move because you are doing a “great work,” and why should the work of God cease to make a treaty with a spoiled liberal. Always remember that any move is compromise, and God never commands us to move, but He does command us to stand.
3. I’m on the winning side, and history and prophecy prove it.
History has always proven that the old paths work. Hebrews 11 gives us a list of Christians who chose not to listen to the offers of compromise by liberals. No, they were not popular in their day, but history has proven them to be right. The Book of Revelation proves the old paths are right when God sets up His kingdom, not after the world’s system, but after His Word. Christian, why would you want to move away from the winning side? We know that holy living leads to joy and happiness. We know that men and women dressing decently leads to pure minds. We know that young people not touching each other before marriage leads to them walking down the aisle as virgins. We know that soul winning leads to lives being changed. We know that it is through the “foolishness of preaching”that lives are changed. Yes, we know that the old paths work! My friend, the old paths are winning paths that have been tried and tested by God’s Word. Don’t let the antics and attacks by liberal Christian elites cause you to leave what you know to be true from God’s Word.
As you watch the liberals respond to losing the presidency, remember that liberal “Christians” respond the same way. Remember that their antics are a way to shame you into cowering into compromise. The Christian must never fall for their foolery. Stand strong and always remember that the old paths are winning paths because the old paths are where lives are changed, marriages are salvaged, and the youth are challenged to live for God.