by Kung Fu Zu 11/7/13
With national mid-term elections less than one year away, I would like to address those conservative Christian voters who are actively involved in our country’s politics.
I believe the time has come for conservative Christians to decide what their primary political goal is. Is it to convert people, or support conservative policies in a way which will help bring about conservative governance?
It is not uncommon to hear Christians invoking the Bible when discussing their positions on political issues. While one’s religious beliefs may be an essential part of one’s life, the unrestrained reference to religious belief in political debate can be, in today’s America, damaging to one’s purported goals. Some of the potential pitfalls of such use are listed below.
1. To non-believers, the invocation of God or God’s law in the pursuit of any goal is meaningless. More importantly, it can be damaging as agnostics and atheists are often irritated by the idea that they should base government policy on a book which they do not believe to be divinely inspired. Plenty of these people will agree with the same policy goals as Christians, but do not wish to feel they are being preached at.
2. Many Christians do not believe it is wise or proper to mix the religious sphere with the worldly sphere. They have no desire to have the Bible cited as grounds for secular law.
3. Non-Christians of other faiths, will likely not be convinced by Christian apologetics, and could feel left out of the discussion.
4. The conspicuous use of religion in pursuit of political office, which many people view as a somewhat debased calling, has greater potential to sully religion than it does to cleanse politics.
5. Quoting the Bible as a basis for political goals gives the Left an easy target. Liberals can survive all sorts of moral depravities, but the media holds practicing Christians to a much higher standard than the rest of society. This is particularly the case for Christians holding political office. The media delights in nothing more than spotlighting the failings of professed Christians, especially those who have worn their religion on their sleeves. We all have failings, but those of Christians are magnified and amplified by the media so as to do the most damage to Christians who hold conservative views. This hurts the conservative moment as a whole.
Others could come up with additional reasons, but I believe the point has been made.
Virtually all political policy goals which today’s Christian conservatives desire can be supported and pursued with non-Biblical reasoning. I believe it would be very helpful if Christians applied their hearts and minds in thinking of ways to articulate these goals without excessive recourse to the Bible.
This doesn’t mean belief has to be taken out of the public square. But I would like to request conservative Christians reconsider their approach if their target is to win national elections and roll back the socialist tide which is sweeping the country. Conservatives of all stripes must unite in this aim, otherwise the America we know will vanish.