“…you can’t do bad for the mere sake of badness…no one ever did
a cruel action simply because cruelty is wrong—only because
cruelty was pleasant, even useful to him.”
-C.S. Lewis, Christian apologist, philosopher
What does C.S. Lewis mean? In practice, mankind does not rob banks because it’s wrong, but because it benefits them—which is the ‘human’ idea of good! In short, men rob banks because they believe it is good. In other words, mankind can do good for the sake of goodness, but no one does evil for the sake of evil; but rather because they believe their evil is good; or possesses some degree of good. Therefore, and ironically, men can ‘only’ do evil--by and through—that which is good. In his book ‘Making Gay Okay’, Robert Reilly quotes Hilaire Belloc*, “Every evil is its own good”. The Bible confirms this evil rationalization: “…but every man did that which was right in his own eyes” Judges 17:6.**
Dr Reilly offers a clear example of this truth using Dr Karl Brandt, who was the personal doctor of Adolf Hitler. Dr Brandt ran the Nazi’s Aktion T-4 euthanasia program, where the motto used to murder the elderly was “life unworthy of life”. At the Nuremberg trials, Dr Brandt testified, “When I said yes to euthanasia I did so with the deepest conviction, just as it is my conviction today, that it was right. Death can be deliverance. Death is life.” He was hung!
Before we look closer at Brandt’s rationalizations, please note the extreme power of rationalization. The context of Brandt’s remarks was Nazi, Germany, where rationalization was the foundation of Hitler’s regime…and ultimately led to the murder of 6 million Jews. In other words, Dr Reilly hits the target: “If rationalization can justify and mandate the murder of millions, what can it not do?”***
Now, let’s examine Brandt’s rationalizations. 1)First, notice Dr Brandt had deep convictions on the morality of his actions. At Nuremberg, he testified before all the world that he really believed it was morally right to murder the elderly. Therefore, his conviction was not the problem; he in fact stood for what he believed! The question is how did he come to his belief?
In reality, the logic is fairly simple. Hitler, the creator of Nazism, adopted Fredrich Nietzsche’s ‘ubermensch’, which meant super-man. In applying Nietzsche’s ubermensch to Germany, Hitler declared Germans to be Aryans, i.e.the Super-race! However, a super-man requires super-powers, so Hitler adopted Nietzsche’s pathway to super-powers, which was suffering. Nietzsche wrote, “life itself is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of what is alien and weaker; suppression, hardness, imposition of one’s own forms, incorporation and at least, at its mildest, exploitation.”**** The suffering the Nazis had to endure, was the pain of achieving their idea of greatness through subjugating the weak. In other words, the Nazis had to suffer through the resistance of war to impose their order upon the world.
2)Dr Brandt’s next rationalization was the “conviction” allowing him to euthanize the elderly. And, what was that? The Nazis believed “life unworthy of life” consumed the earth’s resources preventing the strong from being able to fulfill Germany’s divine destiny! Hence, along with the catchy motto, “life unworthy of life”; they created “Death can be deliverance” and “Death is life”. Once these catchy phrases were imbibed into the German consciousness, murder became “life”! In other words, evil became good(Is5:20). Without God, Who alone is good, the evil nature of man automatically defines evil as good.
Tragically, liberalism creates these very same kinds of rationalizations. We only have space for one example, abortion. How can this nation rationalize the murder of 65 million babies?
Liberals do at least two things:
1.They sexualized American culture, creating a “freedom” to
indulge in as much sex, and any kind of sex desired. To
establish this point, if you google the word ‘liberal’ in the 1828
Webster’s dictionary, you will find 9 entries. The final entry is:
“licentious; free to excess.” ‘Licentious’ means sexual license! In
other words, ‘sexual license’ is the real face of liberalism, and
has been, for more than 200 years!!!
2.They de-humanized the baby in the womb. Through repeated
lies, the consciences of millions have been seared as with a hot
iron (1Tim4:2) to call evil good(Is5:20).
First, on one side, liberals literally teach sexual perversion***** beginning as early as grade school on through to our Universities. One quick example will suffice. At many universities “Sex Weeks” have become vogue. These “Weeks” include pornographers, sex toy vendors, polymory activists, and classes such as ‘Fornication 101’, etc., etc., etc. Obviously, the end result of such sexual license is more sex, which ends with more pregnancies. Of course, because college students can’t have babies, the end is more abortions!
Second, on the other side, in the antebellum south, slave fathers were called “drivers”; mothers were called “breeders”; children were called “increase”; and in general, slaves were called “property”. Why special names? To sear or harden the conscience. It becomes easier to treat humans worse than animals, when first de-humanizing them.
As far as I am aware, dehumanizing the oppressed is a practice of every oppressor group in human history. I coined a name for this: Word Manipulation. Of course, liberals practice this phenomenon to rationalize abortion, calling the baby in the womb: a fetus; an embryo; pregnancy tissue; a product of conception; and, even changing the name of ‘abortion’ to ‘pro-choice’! I repeat, it’s easier to rationalize murder when the focus is on ‘freedom of choice’ as opposed to a living baby in the womb.
In conclusion, using both sides, liberals rationalize, which is a philosophical term for justifying sin, i.e.evil. For this reason, Romans 3:19 teaches every mouth must be stopped, that the world may be guilty before God. In other words, the natural propensity of humanity is to justify their own sin, to keep from being guilty. On the contrary, the law of God (Rom3:20) is given to both reveal sin, and subsequently to shut the mouths, i.e.bring conviction, to rationalizers. However, the consequence of participating in this evil, is not simply semantics…but mass murder! For the wages of sin is death(Rom6:23)!
Tragically, liberals have made rationalization their home!
**See also Pro12:15; Pro21:2
***Robert Reilly, ‘Making Gay Okay’, pg 8
****“Beyond Good and Evil, Fredrich Nietzsche, 259
*****Under the mask of tolerance, freedom, and kindness is the real face of liberalism: sexual perversion, i.e.sexual license!
Repentance has been cancelled in the church, like virtues in the culture.
-Pastor Derrick Jackson