LET CONSERVATISM DIE
Coach Dave Daubenmire
April 16, 2009
Conserve--“To keep in a safe or sound state; to save; to preserve; to protect”
Conservatism--the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
Words have meaning and it is obvious to me that “conservatives” have not yet figured that out. My recent commentary “Change the Words, Change the World” is worth another read. Until we stop using the words that others re-define, Christians will continue to become good for nothing to the culture.
I remember when a socialist was a socialist. But over time, a socialist became a “liberal,” until folks re-discovered that a “liberal” and a socialist were the same thing, and then “liberals” changed their name to “progressives.”
Bill Ayers was a radical socialist in the sixties. He bombed government buildings as a hobby. Today he is merely a harmless “progressive” college professor who is a confidant of America’s first multi-religious president. Thank God there are no longer “socialists” teaching in our colleges, only “progressives.”
Meanwhile, the modern “conservative” movement awakened by Barry Goldwater, carried up the mountain by Ronald Reagan, preached over the airwaves by Limbaugh and Hannity, and destroyed by GW Bush and the Republican Party is still being called “conservatism” by those on both the winning and the losing side.
You see, when the “liberals” lost they didn’t change their ideas, only their name. Yesterday’s “liberals” are today’s “progressives.” It has a good ring to it….progressive. Who doesn’t like progress?
Meanwhile, conservatives went “compassionate” (which really meant compromised) and sold Christianity down the river; Only Christians aren’t smart enough to realize it. They still vote the way “conservatives” Hannity and Limbaugh tell them to, because, after all, they are “conservatives” too. Christianity and conservativism are not the same thing. Liberal and progressive are. Perhaps you need to re-read my commentary which explains why conservativism is “Counterfeit Salt.”
Listen, I’ve been yelling it from the ramparts for a decade, but many have written me off as a trouble maker…one who wouldn’t toe the party line. Well, they were wrong. I WAS toeing the party line; But not the “conservative” Republican Party. No, I was toeing the Christian party line as I warned others where “conservativism” was leading them.
I wrote an open later to Dr. Dobson and Friends in October of 2006. They probably never read it, or laughed at this pip-squeak in the cornfield if they did. I realized early on that “conservativism” was directing the Church to pragmatism over principle. I tried to warn that Christianity had been hi-jacked and would eventually lead to a compromised Christianity.
I get no satisfaction in being right, only regret. The “Christian” power brokers refused to listen. They had the “ear” of President Bush. They were part of the weekly conference calls with the White House, and were movers and shakers in the Republican Party. The Christian leaders joined forces with non-Christian “conservative” sodomites. (Log Cabin) Christian standards have been so compromised the Elephants want to trample the Christians under the bus. Compromised Christianity is to blame for the election of the “progressive Christian” Barack Obama.
In his retirement address to his staff at FOF Dr. Dobson admitted defeat. “We fought all those battles and really it was a holding action. (Conservativism)...Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost all those battles,” (So much for the lesser of two evils)
Conservatism was destined to fail. It is a defensive position, a philosophy designed to “hold ground.” It flies in the face of the Gospel: “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Inner changing the labels “Christianity” and “conservative” caused the presentation of the Gospel to become diluted, polluted, and refuted. Such pragmatism has relegated the Gospel to nothing more than a political ideology. It is time to let the marriage of Christianity and conservativism die.
“Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christianity could use a return to a little sincerity and truth. Conservativism has leavened the Bread of Life, relegating Him to nothing more than the mascot of the Republican Party.
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” I Cor. 5.
You wouldn’t have to look very far into the “conservative” Republican Party to find the fornicators, covetous, idolators, railers, drunkards, or extortioners. Just look at the guest list at a Republican fundraiser. Those “conservatives” are the one’s that our Christian leadership are breaking bread with inside the big Republican tent. Is it any wonder they have lost? Has the Republican Party compromised their position to advance the standards of Jesus or has the Christian leadership compromised on the standards of our Savior to advance Republican candidates?
Although many of you say that Jesus would never be involved in politics, let’s pretend for a moment that He would. Can you imagine watching some of His floor speeches in Congress? I would pay to watch as Barney Frank tried to gavel Jesus into silence on the issue of “homosexual marriage.”
I wonder if Jesus would “reach across the aisle” to compromise on abortion? Would Jesus shake hands with the Devil on any legislation that ended with “….and then you can kill the baby.” Would He promote candidates who wanted to cannibalize embryos? Why do His followers?
Do you suppose He would have anything to say about the thievery currently being marketed as “bailouts?” Wouldn’t it be fun to watch Him expound on His view of the “separation between church and state?”
Because of this unholy alliance, millions think the Republicans speak for Jesus today…John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Michael Steele, Rush, Sean and Fox News. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” I say it is time for CHANGE.
The Gospel message is a stand-alone message. It doesn’t need to be picked up and championed by a political party and it surely doesn’t need non-adherents acting as spokesmen for it.
We are in a mess. Rick Warren flat-out lied on Larry King last week, (WATCH THIS VIDEO) and He admits to being the friends of sodomites. Aren’t sodomites fornicators? Weren’t we told to keep no company with them?
“Compassionate conservativism” has turned Christian leaders into compromised Christians. Will anyone call Rick Warren, the face of modern evangelicalism, to account? Or will his Purpose Driven disciples say he “misspoke” or was “taken out of context.” Larry King, CNN, and all of the TV networks love to have Warren and Joel Osteen as guests. They are the image of the “nice” Christians that the media is trying to bully us into emulating.
Can I tell it like it is? Our Christian leaders are not fighters, they are authors. Osteen, Dobson, and Warren are more famous for what they have written, than for what they have done. They are more concerned with how they will be perceived by the enemy than they are with defending the Truth. While the enemies of God kill, steal, and destroy our children, our leaders are worried about the “tone” with which our message is delivered. They are more concerned with looking Christian than being Christian.
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Compassion-- a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Compassionate conservativism shows more sympathy for those they are fighting than for those they are supposed to be defending.
So, has the Republican Party advanced Christianity or has Christianity advanced the Republican Party?
No King but King Jesus! Long live the King!
It is time to let conservativism die.