|Christian conservatives need to learn a lesson from their God: |
Jesus didn't submit to crucifixion because He wanted to avoid a fight.
John Schroeder at the Article VI Blog raises this interesting point that may explain Republicans' serious lack of strategy by exposing so much flank in this raucous primary. Here is what he said:
But let’s ask ourselves this – what is it about us that even makes speculation of this sort [ie. that Obama's attack on the Catholic church was a calculation to further confuse the Republican nomination process] possible? We are riven along religious lines to some extent. Whether it be Catholic/Evangelical, liberal Catholic/conservative Catholic, Evangelical/Mormon these divisions and others are being exploited by Team Obama. What is it about Republicans that allow these divisions to be exploitable while we just cannot get a wedge in similar divisions inside the Democrats?Some of this anti-Mormon bigotry was pretty clear in South Carolina, though much less so elsewhere. I think every Republican needs to take a deep look at their own prejudices and ask if they are really worth giving the country to Obama for another four years.
The answer is not easy to hear. There is a form of selfishness involved here. As Republicans, we tend to worry about the task at hand instead of the power politics around it. Thus we become so focused on abortion or same sex marriage that that is all we care about, neglecting the enormous amount political reality that surrounds the issue. This is most expressed by the natural tendency for people of faith to avoid conflict. “I don’t want to have a fight with you, my stance is right, here is the evidence, now agree with me and let me get back to doing what I really need to be doing.” Democrats, on the other hand, are all about the fight.
Our tendency to avoid the fight comes, at least in some part, from Christ’s apparent avoidance of a fight when He allowed Himself to be crucified. But we must remember something – Christ’s crucifixion was not a result of avoiding a fight, it was in fact, shifting the battleground to where it truly needed to be. More importantly, it set up the Resurrection which is the “nuclear weapon” of the great war in which Christ was engaged. The Resurrection ended the war – its just the mop-up phase now.
We cannot afford to shy from this fight. We have to follow Christ’s true example and shift the battleground. The petty divisions that the Democrats currently exploit are not the real battleground. It is time to set them aside. We have a real and serious war to win.