Is Conservatism Anti-Christian?

 

To say that Christians should not publicize their conservative views because they are being unloving is biased and prejudicial. Yes, there are plenty of unloving so called Christians, who need no political perspective to fit into the unloving category, but to say that a politically conservative viewpoint is unloving is absolutely erroneous as much as saying that a politically liberal viewpoint is un-Christian. Because I have conservative viewpoints in no way makes me a racist as some would think. Again, prejudicial. In fact I know that no true Christian could be a racist because the very term goes against everything we know about humanity. For we all trace our roots back to three people; Ham, Shem, and Japheth, and they came from one man, Noah, who came from Adam, who was created in the image of God. So how can I have disdain for my brother? Anyway, being political seems to be a difficult choice for many, because we have bought into this idea that we in the Christian community must somehow be neutral (a form of brow beating). We don’t want to rock the boat, so to speak. But being political and having a viewpoint is as much a part of Christianity as going to church. The Apostle who said that we have another citizenship (Hebrews 13:14), did not say to abdicate our earthly citizenship. In fact the Apostle Paul uses his roman citizenship several times (Acts 16:37; 22:25-29; 25:10). He also writes in Romans 13 that Government is for the civility of a nation and that Christians are not only subject to it as ministers of God, but are to render to it all things, customs, and taxes. And this was the Roman Empire. Some ask “what would Jesus do in our situation?” (WWJD). He would absolutely love everyone, as we also should. But what would He say to them?  Well, He wouldn’t speak niceties to them and excuse their behavior, as is evidenced in His blasting the religious and lawful leaders in Matthew 15:7; and Matthew 23:27-29, where He calls them hypocrites white washed graves. He also would hold them accountable. Yes, just as He did with the Rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-23. When the man asked Jesus what he must do to have eternal life, Jesus brought him back to the law. He claimed that he kept it, but to prove to him that he did not, Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give to the poor and follow Him. He could not do it, and walked away. Why didn’t Jesus just give this man a pass? The answer is He could not, there was a law involved. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:21 “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”  Notice the constant referencing to law. It is a principle that God has established even in the saving grace that has been extended to us through Christ (Romans 3:27). That is why there is no universal salvation. Just because Jesus died for the sins of the world, doesn’t automatically reconcile everyone, only those who enter the lawful relationship by faith. This is why Jesus didn’t give the rich man a free pass. Did He love him? Absolutely, but still turned him away. WWJD? Even when asked if it was lawful to pay taxes Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).

We are commanded to love all people, but love does not negate responsibility. As a citizen of this country I not only have the right but the duty to act lawfully. And, under the command of Romans chapter thirteen, I must not abdicate this responsibility while I demonstrate the love of Christ. I may be torn at times, but I must practice good citizenship while simultaneously loving my neighbor. This world is messed up, and it’s because of sin! Why do people want to come to this country? Because it affords an opportunity. But if we fail to enforce the laws of our land, there will be no place left for anyone to come to.

Bob Cote