*I originally published these thoughts July 10, 2012. They seem just as appropriate—perhaps even more so—today.*
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 quote reveals the hypocrisy and futility of Christ-less conservatism. Taking the path of social or economic conservatism, without regard to God and His word, is but a fool’s errand. Rather, the hope of our nation, or any nation, rests upon the Person and teaching of Jesus Christ.
This is a serious discussion which merits our contemplation, and sometimes humor can facilitate such dialogue. A couple of weeks ago [now several years 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 Christ-like, 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.