Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Conservative Christianity

For the past week, Gene Edward Veith has been discussing and dissecting conservative politics on his Cranach blog. He notes, "I learned that for Christians, the point is not to be either liberal or conservative but Biblical."

Today he turns to conservative Christianity and asks some important questions on conservatism and the church: ...

Could we say that conservative Christianity today is hindered by some of the same misconceptions that hamper conservative politics? Is there a risk of Christians also focusing too much on "democracy" (the will of the people) as opposed to "constitutionalism" (adherence to the Bible)? Do churches also focus too much on the "free market economy" (growth, affluence, money, material success) as opposed to deeper values (beauty, truth, goodness)? Is our theology shaped more by human measures (whether intellectual or emotional, traditional or innovative) than by the Word of God?

6 Comments:

At Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:07:00 PM, Anonymous Tim in VT said...

The following is a copy of my comments at the original blog. I am including them here for those who do not wish to begin there. By the way - WELCOME BACK MICKEY!!!

In some ways I see this as the tail wagging the dog. I am not conservative because I am Christian. Nor am I Christian because I am conservative. I am a Christian. That defines my approach to social, moral, ethical and political issues. In some cases I will be seen (from the viewpoint of an outside observer) as being "liberal". I.E - Some "conservatives" will see it as black heresy to "love the sinner while hating the sin". I do not see any inconsistency in welcoming homosexuals into my church, while denying them leadership roles. Their practices and views on the biblical issue of homosexuality demonstrate that they (sorry if I am painting with a broad brush) do not agree with biblical teaching. Yet I want them to be part of the process of coming to know and understand Christ and his teachings. Just as I want gamblers, smokers, liars, tax cheats, etc. to come to church. I fit that list myself. Would I deny myself access to the fellowship because I struggle with sin? The question is am I repentant over my sin and am I trying to control my carnal desires? Or am I seeking to excuse my behavior and find a biblical justification? On the other hand, I would be seen as "conservative" by most because I stand for protecting unborn life, among other "conservative" issues. The politics do not define my faith. My faith guides my politics. I would not call myself a moderate, simply because I have strong stands on issues. To my way of thinking a moderate is someone who waits to see which way the majority is going and follows along. For the contributor who sees "evangelicals" as only speaking "politically and culturally" I would add that this is a blanket statement often engendered by the media portrayal of "Evangelicals" as a political group. Rather, most evangelicals are committed protestant Christians who are or may be politically active. Again, their faith defines their politics, not the other way around. Being evangelical means (quite literally) to be one who brings the Good News. Is the contributor not one who brings the Good News? If not, what is your purpose in being a Christian? Is it simply for yourself and you do not share with others? I have seen evangelical activity in my home town by Buddists. They are "spreading the good news" about Buddha. Are they being political? Are they to be discounted politically because they are attempting to spread their religion ? And they are spreading it, else why are they here?

Too often Christianity is hindered because our adherents buy into the notion that being active in political issues, or influencing our leaders, will bring about a moral society. The truth is that a moral society is brought about by moral people behaving in accordance with thier beliefs. Put not your faith in chariots, horses or princes. If we want to change the direction of society, begin by demonstrating that our way is superior. If we are too much imitators of society, there is no reason to choose a different path.

 
At Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could...and should.

 
At Wednesday, May 03, 2006 3:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sorry, Ive been in the church all of my 38 years. Both of my parents are ministers (yes, my mother too as Christ first showed himself to women who believed in him when the men doubted he was the Christ.) My parents made me read the bible at least 3 times a week. Ive read and studied....and for the life of me, I cant find any pf today's conservative politics in the life and message of Christ. As a matter of fact, conservatism seems to be the antithesis of the teachings and words of Jesus.

How does one justify being a follower of Christ and a conservative? To me, its like being a Jewish follower of Islam.

 
At Saturday, April 21, 2007 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Friday, May 23, 2008 7:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christian conservatism
It is unfortuanate that people would equate Christian conservatism with political conservatism. Christianity is a doctrine of love and is not compatible with some of the political conservatism practices of hate, fear and anger.
The term religious right if used accurately does not embody Christianity. It applies more to such fundamental religious groups as the Taliban in Afghanistan and to the Phrisees and religious leaders of Jesus. time. Right wingers are groups like the Nazi party for instance and left wingers are the communists. There is no similarity between them and Christianity.
If we are to embrace both Christian conservatism and political conservatism equaly we will need to embrace two standards of morality; Love and hate. It would be like trying to serve two different masters at the same time.
People should not need to feel they are being ostracized because of their political preferences. Political conflicts within the church can be a great source of division and disunity.
Jesus avoided politics in his ministry here on earth.

 
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