One of the most common accusations presented today by Godless progressives and certain Christian factions is the claim conservative Christians are legalistic elitists who spend our time chastising society from our self appointed positions of judge, jury and executioner.
Godless progressives recite talking points in unison with their self-serving activist comrades having embraced humanism as proselytes of the “choices are actually right and/or entitlements” doctrine. Their method of reasoning (if indeed we can call it reasoning) is based on arguments of empirical evidence that discount anything outside the senses as having any basis for belief. A simpler way of saying it is they fall prey to pseudo intellectualism boasting of their ignorance like the Emperor without clothes. The best example of this is their lack of understanding as to what claiming the mantle of liberalism actually means within its original definition.
On the other hand factions of the Christian Church are in many ways just as ignorant but more destructive than progressives. Congregations who frequent churches like those of Jeremiah Wright (you remember him, Obama’s mentor who apparently did not become a racist until AFTER Obama decided to run for President) rattle off ecumenical heresy using Scripture much like the hymns they memorized in their youth, never actually hearing their words or the words of their leaders as they proclaim Christian conservatives have absolutely no understanding as to why Jesus gave His life for the world. Entire congregations like those that proclaim Black Liberation Theology mock God with their Marxist doctrine of the eradication of poverty and racism through His shed blood (How many blacks do you read of in the Bible who were disenfranchised in the days of Jesus?).
The Word of Faith movement has arguably turned more souls into apostates than atheists could ever aspire to through their bastardized prosperity message that preaches a soft sell “name it and claim it” Gospel complete with self-help sermons that draw people to Jesus not to escape the judgment of God but to fulfill a purpose driven life of wealth and Utopian bliss in harmony with the spiritually dead of this world. Once they realize becoming a true Christian (called a Disciple) is a commitment that brings with it persecution by the very folks they seek to find common ground with and testing by the very same God Who has saved them from hell they run for the hills to return to the worship of their idols in the high places.
Just as effective in trampling the fields are the denominational entities (Catholicism, Lutheran, Methodist, etc.) and cults like LDS that claim salvation either through exclusive affiliation with them or non-affiliation with others who adhere to doctrine that offends them. Members of these associations garner a deceptive humanistic comfort that comes with believing one can earn their way to heaven through their dogmatic doctrine that negates the need for grace from God through Christ.
It is with this understanding of these segments of society in mind I often ask my Christian brethren and fellow ministers, “Is God a conservative or a liberal?” I find myself often chuckling silently as they are “punked” by their perceived seriousness of my question. Most know how involved I am in political activism and caution me I may become or have already become obsessed with finding answers to questions like this to such a degree I may be depriving myself of all that goes with being a “King’s kid”. They fear I believe I may fall from grace.
Of course God is not a registered Republican or Democrat nor does He ascribe to the tenants of lawless Libertarianism or the fickleness of emotional Independents. But given the fact many think the Church is a club for self ordained saints and not a hospital for sinners (a description credited to Dear Abby) or that the DNC thinks conservative Christianity is enough of a threat to remove any mention of a Judeo-Christian God or His chosen people from their platform the question deserves some serious thought. What would Jesus say regarding God’s political views if He were to be among us today as He was in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago?
Would He appear on MSNBC and tell Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow that indeed wealth redistribution is a Godly mandate and that rendering to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar (regarding the paying of taxes) mean that Caesar has sole authority to determine how much is his and how much is everyone’s “fair share”? Even more important would Jesus condone removing the tax exempt status from His Church for speaking against issues like these and other social issues due to the imaginary wall of separation the left has placed in the thought of mainstream America?
For instance, would Jesus state aborting babies is an acceptable option because He understands those who become pregnant through negligence shouldn’t “be punished” as our President once stated, with having to raise a child they weren’t ready for?
Would Jesus say we should not only be tolerant of homosexual behavior but embrace it as an acceptable life style because God tells us to love others as we love ourselves? After all isn’t love simply love? Does it matter who you choose to copulate with as long as you are faithful to that person.
Would Jesus tell us that personal responsibility and accountability are now blasé and outdated principles because He understands that not everyone gets a “fair shake” in life and there are too many that have far too much while there are far too many that don’t have enough?
These are the claims the progressive make against conservative Christian reasoning. And there are just as great a number claiming the Christian mantle that indeed Jesus’ words are the foundation of Socialist/Marxist doctrine exemplified in His command to love the world as He loves His Church.
Look up that passage in Jeremiah where He says, “Before I formed you in the womb [conceived] I knew you…”. Or better yet listen to God’s own words as he states homosexuality is, “…an abomination”. And spend some time objectively examining Jesus’ reference to Caesar’s taxes and you will see plainly He was referring to placing our priorities in proper order in regard to the love of money and our relationship with God. Now tell me God is not a conservative?
Of course God is also liberal in that He allows us to choose those we want to represent us. He doesn’t vote nor does He stand outside the polling place and tell us who to vote for. He doesn’t visit talk shows and tell us why a candidate is good or bad and I doubt He cares how much is spent on campaigns.
He is basically a populist in that He gives us what we ask for. God places everyone in power. And He does it in response to what we seek. If you don’t believe that try reading about King Saul. That is the lesson before us today. We get what we ask for. We reap what we sow. And in that regard that is probably the most conservative aspect of God. He changes not and neither does His choice to let us choose our own path. We are the ones that need to change. And it better happen soon. Because another thing that has not changed is the Day of Judgment.
Jon Matthews is the Producer and Host of “That Radio Show” which airs Monday – Thursday from 7 – 8 PM (PST) on Blog Talk Radio. He is also author of the soon to be released book, “The Day The Music Died; How Apostasy & Liberalism Have Destroyed Our Republic”. You can reach Jon at email@example.com.