Why is G-d so Unimportant?



Of all the factors that bind people together in alliances for moral causes the least important seems to be the one to which all pay lip service as the Supreme Factor of reality: our Creator.

People join together primarily to advance various causes (such as the moral crusades against abortion, homosexuality, etc.).  And in all these cases the members usually boast that their fellowship is "broad-based" and includes all who share the particular position.  No one would want his alliance to be perceived as narrow or exclusive in any way.  All are welcome regardless of ethnicity, social class, philosohical rationale or (most importantly) religion.  To excluse anyone from an alliance for any of these reasons would be unthinkable--particularly for the last one.  When the lives of the unborn or the stability of our society are at stake, why be so foolish as to quibble over such potentially divisive issues as G-d?  What does it matter if a particular ally opposes abortion out of a more consistent application of secular "rights" ideology than is currently fashionable, or opposes homosexuality for purely practical cosiderations or even out of loyalty to the tenets of a false "gxd?"

Now it is obviously troubling that G-d's Laws have been separated from His Authority and turned into mere pragmatism or sentimentalism to which any individual or society may agree without having to acknowledge the Creator.  But what is even more troubling is that most of the people who advocate and make up these alliances have developed a split mind within themselves in which they advocate submission to G-d as their rationale one day out of the week (usually the one on which they forbear from doing any work for their causes) but everything but on the days on which they actually do their crusading.  In their congregations on worship day they oppose abortion because G-d is all that matters.  While stuffing envelopes or carrying placards on the other six it is stopping abortion only that is important, and we don't need the divisive issue of G-d complicating matters.

These examples are from the conservative side of the spectrum but the problem applies across the board.  For example, for decades Black and other ministers have joined atheists and humanists to implement their own moral agenda.  And again, while some of the ministers might assert to their congregations that G-d is the only true reality, when push came to shove G-d was submerged with a variety of other rationales and philosophies in the all important immediate goal.  To this day liberal/Black clergymen such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do battle with white/conservative clergymen based on ethnic or ideological grounds alone with G-d conveniently out of the picture (or at least not important enough to unite people of different races or opposed on ideological issues).  And lest the reader think such ethnolotry present only among Black and liberal clergy, one need only recall the enigmatic figure of Pat Buchanan, the alleged "extreme Catholic" who has made a political career out of opposing his co-religionists in the interests of either his secular national citizenship or his European ancestry.

Yes, people unite for all sorts of reasons:  ideological, ethnic, even with regard to hobbies and entertainments.  The one thing on which people do not unite is their alleged "supreme" responsibility to the True G-d.  Nothing could be more divisive, and therefore undesirable, than to bring up religious disagreements.  After all, we must keep our eyes on the ball, mustn't we?  (I realize it will be objected that people's most important fellowships are their religious affiliations, but these occur almost entirely in the "private sector" and G-d is almost always dropped from the list of motivating factors whenever a cause is brought into the public sphere.)

In older essays at this site I have criticized Jews who, while paying lip service to HaShem, engage in all sorts of compromising political/ideological alliances.  I have criticized opposition to anti-Semitism when it is based on purely secular grounds; ditto for secular-based Zionism or Jewish nationalism.  I have lambasted any and all alliances that make anything other than HaShem Yitbarakh Shemo their reason for being.  But non-Jews, even those who claim to believe in the Jewish G-d, do the exact same thing when "morality" takes precedence over the G-d from Whom morality derives all its legitimacy.  G-dless "morality" is no different from G-dless "justice."  Actually, both terms represent the same thing in a different ideological language.

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