Why Hyper-Conservative People Miss the Mark & Make Me Squirm

On the gulf coast of Florida there are a lot of conservative types, at least in my neck of the woods.  I am a conservative myself, but I think hyper-conservative folks miss the mark.  Why?

a) They have an unhealthy zeal for the 2nd amendment.

b) They detest liberals.

c) They seem to live under the banner of the unBiblical phrase “Don’t tread on me!”

You may think I’m overstating my case here because no one talks like this.  Maybe I’m not correct to call these people hyper-conservative.  Either way, though these people may not talk explicitly about these above three things, but I do think they live in a way that explicitly falls in line with these above items.  Overall the MAIN REASON hyper-conservatives miss the mark is this:

d) They wrap all of this mumbo-jumbo in Christian garb, and live in such a way so as to make these above things the main principles of Christianity.

To do this is sin, because it seeks to remake Christianity in the conservative agenda’s image.  It’s just as sinful as remaking Christianity in the liberal agenda’s image.  We’re not free to remake Christianity in our own image regardless who we vote for.  Jesus doesn’t wave a red or blue flag with a donkey or an elephant on it.

The flag He waves has His own face on it.

If you find yourself in this camp of people, or if this post angers you, you would do well to heed C. S. Lewis’s diabolical advice on how to get people away from the gospel, the main thing in Christianity.  This quote is from the Screwtape Letters, chapter 7 (emphasis added):

Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion.

Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part.

Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the “cause”, in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favour of the British war-effort or of Pacifism.

The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience.

Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing.

Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours—and the more “religious” (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here.

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2 thoughts on “Why Hyper-Conservative People Miss the Mark & Make Me Squirm

  1. True. The Screwtape Letters are an excellent apologetical means of disclosing the many mixed motivations people carry in their faith. It could almost be reminiscent of Orwellian ethics. The ethos “God, guns & guts” doesn’t make us more spiritual but rather more worldly. Even the beloved characters of Duck Dynasty can carry that same overtone of materialistic/patriotic Christianity that can be confused with the true. Jesus well said “My kingdom is not of this world” nor is His kingdom established by worldly means. We become the world by possessing the world. That is the great apostasy of our times.

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