To understand the essence of what has come to be known as Progressivism is to comprehend the ideology’s inherent need to reconstruct history in a manner that creates the narrative which begs for wholescale change. This “change” is geared toward manufacturing, molding and empowering secular-humanist (man replaces God as ultimate reality), morally-relativistic (Machiavellianism “ends justifies the means”), uber-powerful government (which can “get things done”), out of whatever came before. When a progressive politician says something like, “don’t fear the government…you are the government” the goal is to get you to identify as a cog in their machine. Obama, for example, insists, “The government isn’t there to oppress you, it’s us!” (Try telling that to the Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were recently ordered by a federal judge at the behest of the Bureau of Land Management to serve a full five year prison sentence for allowing a fire set on their land to leak a smidge onto part of the vast swath of government owned land surrounding their ranch.).
For the progressive, the past is viewed with skepticism and distain, while the future is anticipated with giddy optimism. The Judeo-Christian God is utterly rejected as a white male bigot fantasy, put in power of the universe by the oppressors. After all, such a version of God as ultimate reality flies in the face of the progressive apparition of all powerful human masterminds determining and dispensing rights according to the prevailing whims of progress In City of God, St. Augustine famously pointed out there is a “God-shaped hole” in the essence of every human being. The wise King Solomon of ancient Israel is attributed with saying, “Eternity is set in the heart of man” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Those who reject God, therefore, end up pursuing vain efforts to fill the hole and to satisfy the desire for eternity in the human core with a God-substitute. This is what the Bible refers to as the age-old, primary sin of idolatry. In the case of the progressive, their idol is government – a collection of human beings who have rejected God and have set out in the fallen world to try to make heaven on earth without Him. As Solomon taught: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). These are the modern builders of the Tower of Babel, where the biblical promise of citizenship in the New Creation is replaced with membership in the global community of progressive secular utopianism (or, if you will: “The New World Order”).
To successfully construct a tower to heaven, the progressive must downplay and degrade the role of orthodox, biblical Christianity in America’s founding. In the Marxist scheme, education is centralized and history is written to favor the State taking the place of the antiquated institutions of Church and family. Therefore, America’s Founders and Framers of the Constitution are either denounced by a toxic combination of academically accredited outright lies (where the liberal scholars cite each other’s work as historical evidence – the ultimate bogus argument from authority) and exaggerated moral/ethical failings (Victor Davis Hanson addresses the latter well here), or they are refashioned in the image of the 21st century good new American leftist.
The work leftist academics have compiled on Thomas Jefferson seems to be the ultimate schizophrenic combination of all the above, as he’s been rejiggered as everything from the metaphysical prequel to their patron saints (LBJ and Bill Clinton) to an early version of Bull Connor (who, like the majority of the segregationist movement, was a Democrat). Christian historian David Barton wrote The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson to set the record straight and recover what was left of the great Christian founding figure from the tatters of progressive historical reeducation and was promptly denounced by academia’s figureheads, as they quoted each other’s Jefferson deconstructions in flurries so furious they even managed to pull in support from so-called conservative historians joining the chorus to condemn Barton as an unscrupulous religious quack in an effort to save their own academic standing. The publisher Thomas Nelson even pulled the book. (Barton’s detailed response to his critics is here). This is what happens in America today when you challenge the progressive establishment’s indoctrination curriculum – you get denounced. Karl Marx would’ve beamed with pride at the effectiveness of his model, applied deftly with wonderful results.
One of the shadier versions of the left’s de-Christianizing of the founding figures of America, (absolutely vital in their agenda to use the State to suppress the Christian ethos in the public square under their godless, unconstitutional creed of Separation of Church and State), is the classification of them as Deists. Simply put, Enlightenment Deism is a dualistic doctrine in which God creates the universe but does not interact with it. Man is left to make his way. He must construct an ideal society on his own. Prayer is futile because God doesn’t interfere with His creation, and skepticism in regard to doctrines central to biblical Christianity is barefaced. Enlightenment thinkers like Immanuel Kant and David Hume legitimately may be regarded as Deists. It’s easy to see why for today’s progressive revisionist, the label of Deist would be so appealing to slap on the American founders – they get to explain away the era’s “God language” while painting their targets with an ideology that bends toward secular humanism (stripping away the moral absolutes in the process, of course).
However, if it could be shown one of their targeted founding figures (such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams) writes profoundly in Christian language that speaks of the necessity of prayer, the centrality of the figure of Jesus Christ, essentiality of Christianity for the survival of the new American Republic, and especially the acts of God’s providence in establishing America it is a dead giveaway that said figure is not a Deist. So, as one example of many, let’s take a look at “Deist” Ben Franklin’s address at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, where he desperately called for prayer to precede their convocations, which had become a virtual stalemate between the Federalists (those who wanted a national government) and Anti-Federalists (those that did not). It’s worth a read all the way through because Ben Franklin’s frantic call to prayer at the Constitutional Convention has mysteriously vanished from American history books published from the sixties forward (imagine that!). As you’re doing so, ask yourself: Are these the words of someone who believes God does not intervene in the affairs of men?
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasoning with each other, our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes and ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, some we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. ”Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service.
As a result, the Assembly convened in prayer, and repeated prayer before every subsequent session and the Constitution was, within months finalized and ratified, resulting in a miraculous document instrumental in establishing and maintaining the freest, most prosperous nation in world history. To this day, Congress opens with a prayer every time, because of the imperative directive to petition God from the alleged Deist, Ben Franklin. Now whatever phases of belief Franklin went through in his younger years, it is quite obvious that his final position looked much more like Christian theism than Enlightenment Deism. Painting a picture of an individual according to a belief they had and then abandoned later is an extremely unethical tactic commonly found in the arsenal of the progressive revisionist. What is done by the academic left to important Christian figures in American history is akin to drawing a historical portrait of Saul of Tarsus and asserting that was the sum total of the man without including his conversion to Christianity and life as Paul the Apostle. Any quote that can be dug up and attributed to early Ben Franklin to support Deism should be treated with skepticism for various reasons, not least of which being those doing the digging are purposely ignoring words like this from the great founding figure: "The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men."
So the unscrupulous, biblically illiterate masterminds of the left in academia managed to recast the Founders and Framers as irreligious, God-language-using-Deists. But they would never have gotten away with entrenching their lies in history books if those who were biblically literate (specifically the vast majority of evangelical pastors) didn’t take such a puny interest in history and politics as to render themselves useless as a defense against the progressive historical deconstruction of America. I’ve addressed the tragedy and surrounding elements of how and why America’s pastors have disabled themselves in regard to the biblical mandate to apply the Gospel in the civic arena previously here. Whereas a doctrinal misunderstanding may be at the root of the political disengagement, there is simply no excuse whatsoever for those Scripture assigns the role of agents of truth in culture to shirk the duty of learning and maintaining the true story of the nation in which their churches, families, and ministries are planted.
Simply put, if the Founders and Framers were irreligious Deists, it’s a huge win for those who think they can build heaven on earth without God through secular government and a huge loss for Christianity in America as a whole. The fact that they were quite the opposite but yet the lie has stood, replacing an essential component of the true foundation of our history upon is the embodiment of the ancient warning of the Israelite prophet Hosea: My people perish for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6).
We find ourselves in a battle again against the weapons of death
Except this enemy is from within, the Secular Left
It was Lincoln who warned if we ever would die
It wouldn’t be a foreign army, it would be by suicide
So the threat we’re facing today is of enormous proportions
Sixty million babies slaughtered by abortion
Twenty trillion in debt, children’s future has been mortgaged
In the war against God our rights have been altered
The Republic is in tatters, city on the hill is in ruins
If the Founders could see this, they’d be literally fuming
As we slept the secular left undid the Constitution
Revised our history and lied to our students
So the time is now, the Movement to restore must rise
We will fight in the war till the last one of us dies
So when asked who we were this is what their answer will be
They were the home of the brave, land of the free.
(Verse 3 of Land of the Free, by Joe Story)