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'Living Your Truth' Now Guides American Society, Politics

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By Tuesday, 04 May 2021 11:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Perhaps no other movement has had more political success in the 21st Century. In less than 20 years, an effort that was fledgling, has now led to 22 states adopting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws. On day one of his presidency, Biden signed an executive order to combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. And, they’re just getting started. Bills such as the Equality Act go well beyond the prohibition of discrimination into subjects such as hormone treatment for minors, transgender participation in female sports, faith-based employment limitations, and bathroom accommodations.

Pressure is increasing throughout the country as special interest groups pressure state legislatures to adopt SOGI legislation. Shockingly, no state or political party is exempt from this pressure. Two otherwise stalwart-conservative Governors, Asa Hutchinson and Kristi Noem, vetoed legislation which created protections for minors and female athletes, respectively. Why is this movement having so much success?

In his book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self¸ Carl Trueman describes a fundamental shift in worldview which leads to the crisis of this culture moment. No movement is its own cause, and so too, the rise of the transgender hegemony was caused by a complex combination of factors. Yet, one variable stands apart in its significance by virtue of its implications on worldview.

Historically, Trueman emphasizes that society possessed a mimesis worldview wherein one’s identity and purpose are found in God’s creation. Societal institutions, such as churches, informed the individual of their purpose and how they fit into the larger story. However, this mimesis worldview is now rivaled by a poiesis worldview. In our postmodern age, identity and purpose are now found internally rather than externally. Poiesis is defined as the activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before. Today, all the rage is ‘to live your truth’. Within this new framework adopted by the Left, the purpose of institutions becomes subservient to the individual’s full expression of their self-defined purpose and identity.

The stark contrast between the two worldviews is easily seen through the lens of JFK’s famous call to action:

Mimesis: ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

Poiesis: ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you.

These competing worldviews represent a Tower of Babel moment in history wherein our frames of reference are so foreign that even our common language has proven insufficient to bring unity out of this current cultural divide. For those carrying a mimetic worldview, such as the Founders, it was imperative for societal institutions to recognize their purpose as having been derived from a Divine Source. Indeed, in the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the signers assert their authority to declare independence from England based upon the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. The founding generation, including atheists and deists, accepted the idea of God-given rights and a law to which individuals must collectively submit for society to flourish. As stated by John Adams, our government is one of laws and not men.

Contrarily, the poiesis society demands acceptance of the individual’s claims of truth regardless of how unscientific or untrue these claims may be. Chief among the rest, are the claims of sexuality as foundational to identity. The mere appeal to ‘live and let live’ falls short of the Left’s new standard of full recognition in law and society. Those who resist are not simply opposing a moral behavior, they are opposing that which is sacred in a poiesis society - identity. Thus the transgender crisis propagated by the Biden Administration becomes central to identity politics in this cultural moment and the only remedy is the passage of radical legislation which will punish opponents into submission.

Resistance to this radical political strategy requires an exceptional balance of grace seasoned with humility and truth bolstered with courage. Grace for the individuals who suffer from gender dysphoria and the humility to acknowledge our own sufferings. Truth for a culture which rejects absolutes and the courage to stand when commanded to bow.

In America, right is supposed to make might. We have not given up on the self-evident truths, and the recognition that government exists to secure the rights which come from these truths. The moment when universal truth becomes subjugated to individual sovereignty, is the moment when might will make right. Remove absolutes and reduce America to the whims of a simple majority. Advance absolutes and awaken the uniquely American spirit of liberty and justice for all.

Throughout the months that follow, this blog will present the left-of-center perspective on hot-button issues such as abortion, economics, foreign affairs, free speech, religious freedom, and more followed by a “Red Pill” rebuttal.

Jonathan Jakubowski is the Author of a newly-released book that has gained national attention, "Bellwether Blues, A Conservative Awakening of the Millennial Soul." More information about Jonathan may be found here. Read Jonathan Jakubowski's Reports — More Here.

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