I am a Christian…and a conservative Democrat. In today’s polarized political climate, I know that this category of political being…a centrist…is a near extinct animal.
In this blog site, I would like to attempt to dispel the prevalent conventional wisdom in modern America…that all evangelical, born-again Christians can be stereotyped as political conservatives…that all Christians must be by definition philosophically and politically conservative.
I would like to make the case that there is a moderate political approach that accomplishes more forward progress for improving people’s lives…yet at the same time does not endorse the radically liberal social agenda of some people who think we can solve all of the world’s problems through humanism alone…that after thousands of years of trying and failing…that we can save ourselves using our own in-built, natural gifts of intellect, rational thinking, and compassion for other people…without the spiritually born-again new hearts Jesus describes to the Pharisee Nicodemus in the gospel of John chapter three.
Conservative and liberal are labels that evolve over time. Change…in the moment…is by definition liberal…yet such things as women’s suffrage, racial equality, child labor laws, worker safety regulations, the right to form labor unions, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, social security, Medicare, and the G.I. Bill following WWII…all become politically conservative norms with time and usage…even though each of them initially began politically, socially, and culturally as liberal change agents.
Some change is good…and some change is not good. Certainly the modern Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revolution have brought enormously beneficial improvements to people’s lives…in a number of ways. The invention of modern democratic societies ruled by laws has been an enormous step forward. But the sudden emergence of fascist and communist dictatorships…in the recent past…have been the cause of incalculable evils and suffering for mankind…and continue to be so today.
As a Christian…I would like to posit the notion that the optimum political and social environment for the dissemination of the gospel message of Jesus Christ is a political structure that is always slightly at or near right-of-center…with a free press and elements within the social culture that are always slightly left-of-center.
I think this assertion can be defended biblically.
I am not opposed to labels. We need them to communicate clearly and accurately.
But in any discussion about politics, culture, and society…Christians must first remember and keep in mind that the Bible contains the message that is the greatest change agent in human history…a change agent that transcends above worldly conventional application and utility.
The fundamental tenet of the Bible is the mega-change…at the core of human decision-making…to move from self-sovereignty to God-sovereignty. There is no bigger change agent in all of human reality and experience than this.
As Abraham walks away from the city of Haran towards the Promised Land of Canaan…with each step he takes God is displacing the normative life Abraham would have lived with a new life-script Abraham would never have dreamed up in his wildest imagination. Becoming the “father of faith” according to a custom written life-script out of the brilliantly creative mind of God…that because of space and time limitations pushes out whatever standard life-plan Abraham would otherwise have pursued…is the opening God-defined vehicle for making the transition from self-sovereignty to God-sovereignty.
In my opinion, this is the lens that Christians should be using to evaluate the higher ways of God in our lives…and the more mundane practical issues and challenges that fall within the “occupy till I come” (Lk. 19:13) aspects of political discourse.
When Jesus was arrested, tried, beaten, and crucified…the disciples were not just dismayed and heartbroken…they were disappointed personally in Jesus…they felt let down by Him…they did not understand what was happening…in this seemingly disastrous turn of events for the worst.
In terms of politics, culture, and social issues there was no other choice here for God. The first priority above all else was the sacrifice of the God/man Jesus Christ…as the Passover Lamb of God for mankind’s sins…to create a new and living way for the change from self-sovereignty to God-sovereignty.
In John 8:36 Jesus says: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
If people are liberated from a life of self-sovereignty through the blood of Christ on the cross of Calvary…into a biblical-quality journey of faith following Jesus Christ as sovereign in our lives today…this is what sets us free for all eternity because through free-will choice we will never again be susceptible to the temptation to become autonomous, self-sovereign rebels in the kingdom of God.
In this blog Christian Politics…this is my starting viewpoint.