The American Humanist Association is giving a coveted (really?) humanist award to 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist this year at the 71st Annual AMA Conference.
Ahlquist is the young woman leading a charge to have a prayer mural removed in her high school as well as advocating the removal World War I and II memorial crosses. Wow....um, what an achievement.
Not to be outdone though are other award recipients such as Gloria Steinem who will receive a "Humanist of the Year" award and another teenaged young man who will receive a "Freedom From Religion" award.
Now, I could be wrong here, but it seems to me that the humanist movement wears a convenient cover of people being nice to other people without the "interference" of God. Apparently the idea of "inevitable progress" is something they firmly grasp onto.
But if we can look a bit more closely, we see that this is an empty facade. For example, the "Humanist of the Year" Steinem, published a picture of her smiling self wearing a t-shirt that reads, "I had an abortion" and she is shaping her hands into a triangle-- commonly manifested as a masonic gesture. This, of course, would make sense because free-masons believe in the "triumph" of the human person without God. (as if there is such a thing)
Looking at Steinem's T-shirt, which she seems to proudly wear, we see that she is proclaiming her deed of murder and seems to have no qualms about it. Interesting. I thought humanists were promoting the triumph of the human person? Well maybe just not little people....or inconvenient people....or people that reveal the call of eternal beatitude...hmm. What kind of "triumph" is that?
But this is nothing new. This "progressive" idea has been around for quite some time. No one is on the cutting edge of new thought or new actions here. The rejection of God has been around since Lucifer waged a losing battle. Been there, done that.
The human heart is difficult to understand and navigate. Within all of us, we bear light and darkness, goodness and sin. Many times we do not understand why we do what we do and we often think we are pursuing a good that actually turns out to be poison.
Humanism and religious fanaticism are both untrue but at opposite ends of the spectrum. Neither the removal of God nor the self-righteous adherence to rules will save us or bring peace. It's only when we encounter the living God-- Jesus, the Word made Flesh, that we receive life and light. Jesus is not figment of our imagination- we cannot make Him into our likeness. He is not a pacifistic, permissive persona nor is he a condemning, fear-mongering deity. Jesus is who He is and we must come to know Him- in the words He speaks, in the way He lives and what He has passed on to us throughout the centuries of time.
Denying God is not living on the edge or courageous. In the end, it's just a waste of time...