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Monday, May 9 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

What's left?

To close the circle of this discussion of the "Christian left's" support of welfare-state policies, what remains is considering the opposite approach and both its philosophical underpinnings and its social outworkings. Appropriately, where the Christian left proposes that Christian charity requires more tax-supported welfare, socialized medicine, and intervention in the lives of everyone in crisis, the Christian right says the best approach is giving adults the freedom to stand on their own two feet and to master their own destinies to a far greater extent than the left would like.

And whereas the philosophy of the left always tends toward totalitarianism, to total micromanagement of everyone's life, and in doing so usurping any role in individuals for reliance upon or calling upon a living personal God, the philosophy of the right tends to strengthen individuals by limiting the powers and the initiatives of their governments. Whereas there is no room for a pluralism of ideas and ideals under the left's approach (for example, the left opposes pluralism in the public schools with a vengeance), the conservative approach and the stated teaching of Jesus Christ not only tolerates but encourages pluralism in the marketplace: "Love your neighbors; do unto others what you what have them do unto you; love your enemies; bless those who curse you." None of these are possible or even reasonable in a totalitarian or unitary society of the type welfare-state liberalism, socialism, and Communism support.

The Christian right or, more correctly, conservative Christianity, as I understand it, does not advocate a total laissez-faire approach to government or claim that that laissez faire is Christian orthodoxy. The conservative and orthodox Christian consensus does, however, hold that any program or platform Christians endorse must be supported in the church, biblical, and Judeo-Christian tradition of receiving and interpreting God's Word for His people in all times and in every situation.

Thus, the Ten Commandments' "thou shalt not commit adultery," may not be set aside to redefine marriage as anything other than a union of a man and a woman regardless of how the winds of pop culture blow. Nor can "thou shalt not kill," meaning the taking of innocent life, be set aside to accommodate "a woman's right to choose" death for her unborn infants. Conversely, Christians must oppose any program or platform any other socio-political party or movement (even if it calls itself "Christian liberalism") proposes and tries to enact, if it runs counter to the Scriptures and tradition, lest we become complicit in letting our society be led under the judgment of a just and righteous Creator-God.

Abraham Lincoln said that the Civil War, with its hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed in battle on both sides, was God's judgment on America for having too-long tolerated slavery. In that spirit, as one conservative observer has proposed, may God have mercy on us when it's time to judge us for the well over 30 million deaths of innocents through abortion since the Supreme Court "legalized" it.

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Everybody—my friend, everybody—lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man. Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?

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