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They’re not called ‘Dem-agogues’ for nothing!

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      Timothy Philen

      Timothy Philen is the author of Harper&Row/Lippincott's "You CAN Run Away From It!" a satirical indictment of American pop psychology. He is currently at work on a latter-day “Walden,” a tightly knit collection of essays on post-modern American culture.

It’s the libertine agenda of the left — an insidious humanism that has progressed from the sexual revolution to the proliferation of abortion, to the celebration of drugs, to today’s hostility toward religion.

It’s a Faustian bargain that gives individuals greater freedom in the pursuit of a panoply of pleasures and, in return, gives social engineers increasing control over every other area of their lives — hence, the itchy fingers of Orwellian oligarchs last weekend dying to get at those guns.

The result has been a moral weakening of the individual, and the unraveling, in just 50 years, of much of the fabric of 400 years of American society — its values and strictures, its family structure, its ethos of self-discipline, self-sacrifice and interpersonal responsibility, and the collective conscience that weaves it all together.

We shouldn’t be surprised. But we Christians should be concerned enough to continue to fight the good fight at the ballot box, and to spread the news about God’s grace, forgiveness and expectations — with a greater sense of urgency than ever before.

We should also obey scripture by praying for our leaders and working with them however and whenever we can.

So go ahead, Mr. President, help to reinstate the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and limit magazine clips to 10 rounds each if it will make the country feel safer. I’ll pray that it does.

But, please, do me a favor. The next time you quote the Bible, make it the Lord speaking to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you …”

And then, if you would, save a few tears for the 3,000 unborn children who will be slaughtered today in America with the full consent of Democrats who are sobbing in front of the cameras for only those precious 20.

Timothy Philen is an author and songwriter. He served for 15 years as a Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church in America.