Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Christ-less Conservatism

What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader…It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. (R.L. Dabney, Robert Lewis Dabney: The Prophet Speaks, edited by Douglas Phillips p. 18, emphasis mine)

We must remember that although there are tremendous discrepancies between conservatives and liberals in the political arena, if they are both operating on a humanistic base there will really be no final difference between them. As Christians we must stand absolutely and totally opposed to the whole humanist system, whether it is controlled by conservative or liberal elements. Thus Christians must not become officially aligned with either group just on the basis of the name it uses. (Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, p. 77-78)

The above quotes reveal the hypocrisy and futility of Christ-less conservatism. The answers to our cultural quandaries cannot be found in bare conservatism. To take the path of social or economic conservatism, without regard to God and His word, is but to take a fool’s errand. Rather, the hope of our nation, or any nation, rests upon the Person of Christ and the principles He provides in His word.

This is a serious discussion which merits our contemplation, and sometimes humor can facilitate such dialogue. A couple of weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted this status: “Signs you’re a conservative but not a Christian.” Below is my contribution to that conversation.

May the Lord bless our thoughtful laughter and may our worldview be biblical, not merely conservative.

Signs You’re a Conservative But Not a Christian

You like "In God We Trust" on money but think more of money than God.

You scream bloody murder for removing the 10 Commandments from the public eye but can't name more than 3.

You want your kids to recite the Pledge every morning at school but never considered teaching them the Lord's Prayer.

The Constitution is your “Bible.”

You haven't been to church in years but the separation of church and state makes your blood boil.

You speak of bearing arms more than carrying crosses.

You’re constantly offended by the sex and violence coming over your DVD.

You tell liberals to “go to hell” because you don’t wanna be with them in heaven.

You’re more excited about Ron Paul than Apostle Paul.

You support troops on foreign soil but not missionaries.

You’ve never heard “Be Thou My Vision” but “O say can you see” always brings a tear to your eye.

You think the Battle Hymn of the Republic is a catchy, Christian tune.

You think “retaking” the Whitehouse is America’s only hope.

You always “stand with Israel” but never sit in church.

You believe the spread of democracy—not the Gospel—is the key to world peace.


  1. Excellent post, Pastor Steve. I find that I was in line with most of these points until my "real" conversion a few years ago. I thought I was a Christian, but now I know I wasn't. I can get convicted of my sins, again, watching a short clip on Todd Friel's Wretched TV show. And it always makes me stronger in my faith. Knowing what a wretched sinner I am, and the unbelievable grace shown to me by my God -- well, sometimes even a 66-year-old man can be brought to tears over this. Tears of joy and gratitude and love.

    One minor change, though I think this was impled: "You’re constantly offended by the sex and violence coming over the DVDs you've rented."

    I appreciate your blog and your ministry, and I pray God will continue to bless you.

    Rick Koenig

    1. Thanks for reading, Rick and for reminding us of God's amazing grace.

      Thank you for your prayers.

      Blessings, brother.