Wednesday, August 08, 2012


"The poor should be cared for by family, friends ,and free will giving from their community. Charity is Gods way of caring for our fellow man, not extortion and redistributing of wealth."

Not long ago John Hawkins wrote a piece called 25 Examples of What America Would Be Like if We Were All Christian Conservative Tea Partiers for Town Hall. The article was pretty good but as a Conservative Tea Partier Christian, John's examples were all positive, of course.

For example, he noted that there would be fewer regulations, lower taxes, a business-friendly environment, and a much smaller government. He stated that America would have a much flatter, simpler tax code, that we'd have some form of school choice, we'd have a much lower crime rate and so on, all likely true.

However, he got a few of them wrong. For instance, number 25:
We'd have safe water, safe food, clean air, and a clean environment, but we'd put an end to the years of legal challenges to new building projects and people having their land declared a "wetland" because the ground gets soggy for a few days a year.
I'm not so sure that's true. While I agree that Christians ought to be the leaders in ecological concerns and care for the environment best of all people due to the Bible's teachings on the subject, that isn't really the case historically.

Christians have often ignored environmental damage, exploited the world around them, and called it good because they were being successful. Christians do bad things, stupid things,and wrong things. One of the core doctrines of Christianity is that we're fallen, sinful, and need the salvation of Christ and His forgiveness, even after we're saved. Nobody outgrows the gospel.

And Conservatives all too often have been willing to ignore environmental damage in the pursuit of greater economic benefit. The more the left pushes some topic, the more conservatives tend to resist out of suspicion and reaction.

The truth is, Christians, Conservatives, and Tea Partiers are just people, and we do things wrong, get things mistaken, and are dumb sometimes. We make mistakes, we have bad policies, and sometimes we misunderstand situations and facts.

And while I'm a Conservative Christian (for lack of a better term) and support the Tea Party movement, I recognize that we need the left out there, too. If it wasn't for the left, bigotry would be a lot more accepted. If it wasn't for the left, we wouldn't have wheelchair ramps and parking for the handicapped. If it wasn't for the left, women would be treated like slightly childish imbeciles by all too many people. If it wasn't for the left, we wouldn't have recycling centers and pickups on the corner.

The left takes too many things way too far for many wrong reasons. Much of what they propose isn't so much meant to be done for and in its self, but as a method of achieving another, deeper goal. But that doesn't make them uniformly and utterly wrong. Without that tension between right and left, we get bad policy, and let things go that have to be done.

The problem we're facing now is that the left has too much power, has been able to accomplish far too much without opposition, and dominates culture too greatly. In order to get back to where we need to be, a great deal needs to be rolled back. Compromise must always be in how much the left gives up, not how much both sides give, because otherwise you're moving the wrong direction still. Extremists and radicals are those who want more of what we have now, not less.

The reverse was true in, say, 1949. Having things swing too far to the right would mean the pendulum has gone too far.

I'm not a moderate, I don't think the ideal place is the middle. That's worthless. I know that we'd be far better off with primarily Christian, conservative influence. But we need the left there, too. We need that other influence, because as sinful human beings, we'll never have that utopia on this earth that people seem to dream of if only they are given enough power and control. It's just not going to happen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am a born again Christian. People have a tendency to give credit for their own creations and ingenuity and none to the Creator. This appears what the left do, and even some do this on the right.
I like many people who do not think or believe like me, because God made them, but the problem is deeper than left or right; a hardened heart does not bend. Truth cannot penetrate a wall of humanistic, relative, and self-sufficient-self-reliance. Aren't these core truths since the beginning of time? Everyone wanted to be their own god. I hope for the leftist/socialist/marxist--but I had better confront them on some level when the spirit leads me or I lose the good fight...and when that happens I am not true to God, but to man. and thanks for your article.