We have a two-fold plan that must be undertaken. Much can be learned from issues of the past. There are principles in the non-profit world, that can apply. There are methods from the left, that must be studied.
As a Christian, I must always look at the issues through my Biblical worldview. Wrestling with a candidate and their stance or the issues before me, to come to a conclusion based upon what is right and wrong, in the Lord’s eyes. Now, I know that not all Christians will do this. Many will become more concerned with what others will think. I’m less concerned with condemning those few and more with getting back on track, as a conservative movement. Those few will always be fickle.
I’m forced to consider either a balancing act between my faith in God, and my conservative position. Or I must see the world as a Christian conservative. I choose the latter.
I suggest that we as a nationwide movement, embrace one basic principle that has been foreign to American politics for many decades. I see the best practice of transparency and a form of repentance as our ticket back to the front of the line. When our elected officials vote poorly, either in haste or without all the information, we should see them in a press conference apologizing to their constituency. We should see a blog post, written by them, explaining their mistake and a commitment to not do it again.
We are humans, we all do wrong things. Our mistakes aren’t what make us better or worse than the next guy. It’s our ability to respond correctly to our mistakes that separate the men from the boys.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” – William Jefferson Clinton
Those words should be our guide to transparency. We should be the model of repentance, in the political and social arena.
Additionally, the Christian in me is yearning for the Church to return to the place of leadership in following the Lord’s commands to care for the poor and needy. It is not the government’s place to replace the role of the Church in society. In fact, the whole Church is responsible for allowing the US government supplant them in caring for those in need. We should be out giving the government. We should be ashamed of ourselves, the Church that is, for allowing the government to take our role from us.
People in need should be saying, “Why take welfare? That doesn’t do anything for me. I’ve been cared for by some Christian group. They’re not only helping me pay my bills, but they’ve been taking care of my kids while I go out and hunt for a new job.”
We should be providing real and legitimate job training, that opens doors for people. We should be showing the hurting people of our communities that the Church IS the place they should turn to first. We may not approve of their lifestyle or personal choices, but we’ll help none-the-less.
In America today, it could be said that the poor and destitute are directly effected by one of two issues; abortion and/or drug abuse. Both issues cause pain or are caused by pain. Either way, those people have emotional and spiritual needs. Why isn’t the Church providing for those needs? Because we’ve missed the boat. We stopped being the Church.
Is God not in control? Of course he is! These statements aren’t an attack on the Church, they are more of a challenge. I’m not discussing theological issues, I’m discussing our failure as the Church to do what Jesus commanded us to do. We’ve not only stopped caring for those in need, we’ve allowed some other group to come along and do it for us. Shameful.
What would the Apostle Paul have said in his day, if the Roman Empire started doing what Jesus himself had commanded the Church to do? I don’t know, but I’m sure he would have been disappointed, and possibly disgusted.