In the previous article, I noted that the big loser in Tuesday’s election was fiscal conservatism based upon the fact that the Democrat strategy of class warfare against the rich was the resounding winner. But there was another loser in this fight: social conservatives. It is clear that the majority of Americans considered economic self-interest more important than any traditional moral, social or religious value. People were more willing to vote against the rich than to consider any moral issue. If social conservatives are indeed a majority, they are not principled enough to put those values ahead of self-interest, or are not so committed to those values that they will make them primary in their decisions. Consider what values the Democrat Party espoused:
- Homosexual Marriage
- Denying Churches the right to their moral and religious values (under Obamacare)
- Removing God from the Party platform
- Nearly voting to abandon Israel
- Banning Guns (the unspoken agenda witnessed in the UN Arms Treaty)
- Welfare benefits over work and accountability
- Illegal Immigration
- Lack of transparency over things like Fast and Furious.
The Democrat views were supported by the majority vote. Now, even if the majority didn’t believe in all those things, they did not consider these issues important enough to change their vote or overrule their economic self-interest.
What I am saying is that in the political arena at least, social conservatives have lost the battle for the culture. They are not winning issues. They are in the minority. Their hope for political reform is now pretty much dead. Their hope for natural remedies is evaporating.
I think conservative Christians feel pretty much defeated right now. I was reminded by a friend of the disciples’ reaction to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. The disciples had been expecting Jesus to be a political and military Messiah who would “redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21). Jesus had gained great popularity with the people. He was challenging the corrupt politicians and religious leaders of his day. He was on a roll, but then in the night, he was captured and tried in secret, handed over to the Romans and put to death on Passover. The disciples felt lost, and they felt like they had lost. Their hope in Jesus had been crushed and Jesus had been executed. Their Messiah was dead. They were wandering in a wilderness of sadness and sorrow. Jesus had told them that his kingdom was not of this world, but they didn’t understand that. They looked for an earthly kingdom of righteousness and liberation from Roman oppressors. When Jesus was resurrected, their view of victory changed, but they still had to live under Roman oppression, many dying for their faith, without ever having a hope of transforming or changing the culture at large. That is where social conservatives find themselves now… a minority in a secular culture, as unable to reform the nation as early Christians were in ancient Rome.
True social conservatives are committed to their faith and values, no matter what the cost and no matter if they are victorious or not. They will not betray their core beliefs or compromise on essential moral values. So, in essence, they are excluded from the political process by the establishment Republicans who want to use them for political gain but not embrace their moral agenda. For the Republican Party, it is a lose lose situation. If the Party continues to appoint morally indifferent, supposedly “centrist”, candidates whose only interest is economics, they will lose the social conservatives, and lose elections. However, as things stand, they are so opposed to social conservatives, that they are loath to nominate anyone with true socially conservative values. The establishment will seek to destroy them. Witness what happened to Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum. Sarah was hated as much by establishment Republicans as she was by Leftist Democrats, and they were glad she was destroyed. Santorum fared little better. But apparently from these election results, fiscal conservatism itself is also a losing proposition. The American populace is now firmly socialist.
The Republican establishment has a vision of prosperity without a moral foundation; a secular Tower of Babel. But without a moral foundation, covetousness, envy, and class warfare are acceptable attitudes that justify government intervention by any means necessary, and so undermine any claim to the justice of fiscal conservatism.
It says in Proverbs (14:34) that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any land.” It is a mistake to think you can build a secure and prosperous nation without God. There is an inevitable consequence for ignoring God’s law.
“As nations cannot be punished or rewarded in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects Providence punished National sins by National calamities.” – George Mason
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