Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Are You a Christian or a Liberal?

Doug Giles answers the question in his April 16 (republished) column in Townhall:

Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no. There is no way a Christian can buy into neo-liberal ideology and be faithful to the bigger-than-Dallas teachings of the scripture and expect to continue enjoying his hard-won religious liberties.

For the "Christian" to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace the scripture with the make-believe notions of postmodernism's malleable "Christ." Only after torturing the scripture can the Christian then fit liberalism into his supposed relationship with God...

Giles goes on to point out 5 examples of how a vote for the liberal ticket equates to a vote to end the very religious liberties you claim to espouse. Take the first point, for example:

...Thanks to the aggressive and ludicrous liberal lug nuts' anti-Christian agenda, your vote for a liberal Christian is a vote for:

1. Christianity to be scrubbed from government and whatever turf the government owns. Thanks to the liberals, the Ten Commandments have about as much acceptance in our government and their properties as Rush Limbaugh would at Al Franken's family reunion. The Judeo-Christian principles that formed the rock-solid foundation of this great American Experiment are now aggressively and consistently attacked by the lascivious left.

If . . . if . . . the secularists continue to stay behind the wheel of this American bus, you can kiss all semblance of Christianity good-bye in this heretofore God-graced government. Saint, you might as well say farewell to our government's recognizing Christmas and adios to Good Friday if you're going to vote the liberal ticket. If the secularists have it their way, Easter will be behind your keister, and you can kiss the Cross good-night as an acceptable public symbol that represents your faith and our nation's recognition of Christ's atoning work.

It would be extremely difficult for a true Christian to make a compelling argument that would prove any of these points to be in error. A true Christian would not cast a vote that would lead to his inability to practice Christianity without having to hide it under a bushel.

I'm sick and tired of Christians getting the shaft and politicians using the name of God only as a political bargaining chip and vote getting tactic. Christians aren't merely a bloc of voters, they are Americans whose freedom to practice their religion is just as important as an atheist's freedom not to.

It's refreshing for this Christian to read someone with the guts to tell it like it is without mincing words or being politically correct. Good on ya, Mr. Giles!

UPDATE: California Conservative also agrees with Mr. Giles, but says it much better. It's the post I wish I'd written.

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