At some point, followers of Jesus in the Democratic Party will have to come to terms with the fact that the liberal/progressive worldview is rooted in secularist/materialist soil.
Many of us, in the 60s and 70s, were drawn into the liberal fold because of our opposition to a war, our concern for the poor, and our yearning for a view of life that transcended what we saw as a narrow fundamentalism that dominated our churches. Liberalism promised all that and more: sexual “freedom,” fun drugs, do-it-yourself morals, “I’m OK, you’re OK” acceptance, etc.
It was a lie, of course, but liberalism wasn’t going to tell us that. We would have to figure it out for ourselves. Many of us didn’t, and that’s why the ranks of liberalism/progressivism are as gray-headed as the occupants of our home churches’ pews.
Many of us managed to maintain our denial of the truth through the decades, in spite of the mounting evidence that “free love” isn’t free, abortion is far more than birth control, “fun” drugs make you stupid, and do-it-yourself morals mean the pedophile has as much right to affirm his sexuality as the homosexual.
Now a seemingly insignificant change of phrase in the Democratic Party’s national platform brings the fundamental issue into perspective.