I’ve been thinking about conservative Christianity lately. I’ve been thinking that I don’t find it in the Bible so I wonder why it is such a big deal with politics and those professing to align with the “Christian-right” or “right wing evangelicals”.
Jesus was radical but not political. That was much of the confusion of his day, that he was here to do business at the local/national level when he was here to do business at the spiritual/supernatural level.
He was off being tempted by Satan.
He was healing and forgiving people.
He was telling people who wanted to follow him to GIVE ALL they had.
It just seems a bit strange to me that a political movement today that evokes self-responsibility and “good stewardship” is aligned with Jesus who told stories about the Prodigal Son (forgive without limits), the Rich Young Ruler (give and give some more), the Lost Sheep (the one who needs the most help is important), the story of the workers (the guy who showed up last got paid the same amount as the guy who had been there all day).
In Acts 2 we find the church coming together daily and selling all their possessions and giving to everyone as they had need. That doesn’t sound anything like the Republican Party’s evangelical platform to me. It doesn’t sound like socialism either. It sounds like a group of people who were compelled to act individually because of Christ’s love, mercy and grace. They didn’t wait on the government to act on their behalf and they didn’t tell those who were in need to get a job…they just helped. Again, we see a theme of Christ-followers giving and giving generously.
I can’t align politics, Christianity and conservatism. At the same time I don’t align with the liberal politicians either. While I don’t think they should take my money and force giving, I also don’t think politicians need to legislate Christian teaching. Take Roe v. Wade. You see, I’m naive enough to believe that if the church really loved on single women who were pregnant, we would see abortions go down. If we saw the church start adopting these babies and loving on them I believe we would see abortions go down. I guess I see love as the way to combat abortion instead of the Supreme Court. The people who do this now are people who are compelled to act because of who Jesus is, not who has political power.
We could also talk about the poor and immigrants. I have had the conversation already with others and there are many different views. I always leave it with them as “what do you think Jesus would have to say about immigrants if you were having the conversation with him?”
I can’t align Christ-likeness and this thing called conservative Christianity in political circles. I’ve tried but as I really study Jesus I cannot imagine him giving a hoot about our political scene and I’m even further from seeing him line up with Ted Cruz or anyone else using the banner of Christ for a political office.
Call me crazy. Call me soft. Call me whatever…just please do not call me a conservative Christian.
Grace and peace.