Christian support for the GOP erode Christian influence over the
election candidates have won positions of political power due
largely to almost monolithic support from Christian voters.
The GOP has not
had to work hard to attract these voters. Its only viable political
opposition, the Democrat Party, has embraced causes that defy almost
every moral tradition that once defined Western Civilization.
Consequently, Republican candidates only have to question such
phrases as abortion on demand, same sex marriage, and social
liberalism to appeal to the sizable Christian voting block.
political contradictions has emerged during the ascendancy of the
GOP and its socially conservative Christian supporters; while those
who stand to defend America's moral traditions have gained
institutional political power, individual immoral behavior has
become acceptable on a social level.
demand continues unabated. Recreational sex has supplanted baseball
as America's past time. The flippancy of heterosexuals toward sexual
restraint has validated demands of gay rights advocates. With that
validation, along with increasing financial demands of a
consumer-based, materialistic economy, families are being redefined
and homes that were once considered dysfunctional are now the norm.
diminished influence of Christian moral principles on individual
behavior suggests that Christians are not taken seriously because of
their political loyalties. A very strong case can be made that
unrepentant support that Christians give the GOP--especially
conservative Christians--has earned them a reputation of being
duplicitous at best and hypocritical at worse.
made their power felt on a national level in 1994 with their support
of "The Contract with America". The GOP, during that campaign
strategy, addressed major concerns that conservatives and Christians
had of the federal government in general and of the Clinton
Administration in particular. The "Contract" proposed to limit the
size and intrusiveness of government, restrain government spending,
balance federal budgets, and begin to restore a balance of powers
between state and federal governments.
conservatives were further disturbed by proposals of the Clinton
Administration that threatened to take control over every American's
private life. Clinton health care initiatives threatened direct
federal authority over the delivery of medical treatment. As part of
the plan, each citizen would be required to carry a "Health Care
Security Card" that was little more than an national ID system that
even monitored individual travel.
The plans of the
Clinton Administration to control travel based upon demand for
medical services was particularly odious because of President
Clinton's frequent junkets on Air Force One. The price tag of those
frequent trips, so conservative talk radio celebrities joyfully
reminded their listeners, were paid by American taxpayers.
conservatives have helped the GOP to hold power for 12 years in
Congress and five years in the White House, but none of the concerns
of Christians or conservatives have been reversed. Federal deficits,
driven by spending on new domestic programs, have been nearly double
those prior to GOP control of the White House, state legislatures
are burdened with implementing increasing numbers of federal
programs as well as carrying their costs, and the Republicans are
initiating their own health care entitlement program. The national
ID system that enraged the right is being foisted upon Americans
through state drivers' licenses. President Bush's frequent and
sometimes erratic penchant for taking Air Force One for rides makes
former President Clinton seem to be a homebody.
Christians and social conservatives express their political
indignation, it seems, based upon the partisan label that is
attached to an office holder or a program. If, for example, a
Democrat seeks to establish an identification data base on every
citizen it is evidence that government is becoming "Big Brother". If
Republicans do the same thing, it is being done for our own safety.
During the Clinton presidency, Rush Limbaugh frequently declared
that Democrats expect to be judged for their intentions--upon what,
then, are Christians and conservatives judging GOP transgressions
against historically accepted conservative governing principles?
Is America in a
moral and cultural slide because Christians, through their
unquestioning political loyalties, have adopted a relativistic
belief system. If the various business practices and statistics
showing divorce rates and their causes among Christians are closely
investigated, then would the relativism move from faith into
practice? Therefore, if Christians expect those with whom they
disagree to be more loyal to their principles than are they or their
political heroes, why should the neighbors of Christians consider
moral limits relevant to their desires?
frequently of caring for neighbors. Based upon Jesus ministry focus,
maybe those who live in "Red States", for the sake of the nation
they claim to love, should be feeling a greater devotion toward
people in their immediate influence rather than those whom they help
to move to Washington, D.C.
Bob Strodtbeck has been writing editorial
commentaries since 1993. He has professional experiences in
pharmaceuticals, radio, and education. He has also served as a church
elder in an Orlando congregation where he has made his home since firstname.lastname@example.org
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