Thursday, December 27, 2007

David Sanders Rejects "Christian Conservative" Label

David Sanders has sort of unofficially served as the house "Christian Conservative" for Stephens News Bureau. He was the one who represented the perspective of this large Arkansas constituency. David, while not ceasing to identify as either a conservative or a Christian, has formally rejected the label "Christian Conservative" or "Religious Right" to describe himself in this article called "Confessions of a former religious-right Christian conservative".

I have a considerable amount of sympathy with those in David's position. David Sanders realizes that the policy positions advocated by "Christian Conservative" leaders like Mike Huckabee are not conservative. This leaves Sanders to advocate for a separation between Christianity and politics in order to retain conservatism in government whilst maintaining Christianity in his personal walk.

The good news I have for him and all in his place is that he needn't make such a choice. Instead of rejecting the label "Christian Conservative", I reject the idea that this label applies to the polices of those who claim it, such as George Bush and Mike Huckabee. This is not to say that these men are not Christians in their personal walk- I can't judge that. I can only judge their policies, and on this basis there can be no doubt that these men do not govern biblically. They only govern according to what the pop culture mistakenly thinks the Bible says about given issues.

The political leaders of the "Christian Right" have done to that term essentially the same thing that homosexual activists have done to the word "gay". I am not so invested in that latter term, so I won't bother correcting the record about what "gay" really meant. For the sake of the Lord and my fellow man, I am invested in what the terms "Christian" and "Conservative" mean so I will contest them on that one.
I want to reclaim the term from those who use it falsely or ignorantly.

For example, Sanders fears that Christian's concern for the poor will lead them to support expensive nanny-state welfare polices such as those advocated by Mike Huckabee. But such policies are not biblical and in no way should they be a part of a "Christian" political movement, only a statist political movement which attempts to hijack the name "Christian" for its own gain.

Another example: Some have argued that the scriptures teach that we should treat illegal aliens to all the benefits that legal citizens have. Again, they apply the scripture either falsely or in ignorance of what it actually says, as this nine minute audio file makes clear.

The Bible simply says too much about government for a Christian to ignore it and separate their politics from their faith. The answer is not to separate the two, but harmonize them under God's Word rightly divined.


Blogger Big Red said...

The Bible simple says too much about government for a Christian to ignore it and separate politics from their faith. The answer is not to separate the two, but harmonize them under God's Word rightly divined.

I agree with this assertion for Christians, however, the question I have is, where do you create the balance in public policy with those who may disagree with the "true" "Christian conservative" idealogy? How does the "CC" system serve the non-religous sector?

2:04 PM, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

More complete answers to your question can be found by pasting the two links above into your browser- one is a Windows Media file so you will need audio capability.

The incomplete answer is that EVERYONE is better off under a system where public officials acknowledge that individual rights are the gift of God, not a grant of the state. EVERYONE is better off when leaders believe that they will be accountable to God for their actions, and that they are not the final authority over their fellow man. EVERYONE is better off under the traditional view that life is sacred rather than the result of chance.

Just as Christianity cannot be imposed from the outside, just laws cannot be imposed on an unjust people. I am skipping several steps here but the idea system has a loose central government that has minimal functions, while people in each state and locality have wide authority to order their society as they see fit. This will maximize both freedom and virtue.

8:04 PM, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I would also add that DS gives too much credit to corn-ball leftist claims that the FF did not "really believe" all that God stuff.
is just one place the facts of the faith of our fathers is profusely documented.

8:27 PM, December 27, 2007  
Blogger The Real Sporer said...

The relationship between the Christian virtues of charity, generosity, etc... and public policy is certainly strained at times.

Right now we might need a heathen like FDR to win this war.

7:11 PM, December 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think guys like Major Dick Winters (Band of Brothers) had a lot more to do with it than FDR.

6:49 PM, December 31, 2007  

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