Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Conservativism Failed American Christianity - Vox Popoli

 The Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, the organized Christian churches, and the conservative movement all collectively failed both America and American Christians:

The danger is that a marriage between conservatism and Christianity will place the Faith in a position to be compromised, just as conservative politicians are compromising every day. This would result in a Christian faith which conforms to politics instead of a politics which conforms to Christianity.

This is not to say that the conservative movement has never been Christian or never supported Christian values. It is very true that in past decades the conservative movement was where devout Christians of all stripes could find allies in the culture war. Catholics and Evangelicals found themselves side by side in the fight to protect the unborn. Presbyterians and Methodists found themselves in the same trenches defending the sanctity of marriage. This was only possible because a critical mass of American society was, in fact, devoutly Christian, and therefore the conservative movement was trying to conserve a Christian America. Politics was downstream of culture and culture was downstream of Christianity.

Those days are more or less over. America is only nominally Christian, if that, and hence it is increasingly common for conservatives to identify as non-Christian or pagan. The campaign of Vivek Ramaswamy is a good example of this. While he may preach a familiar set of conservative policies, his social and religious views sound more similar to a mid-decade liberal than a traditional Christian conservative, as he is a vocal and devout Hindu. This is not to rail against his faith but to point out that he is a glowing example of how one can be uber-conservative and non-Christian. If it is the essence of conservatism to preserve and to change slowly, and our culture is no longer Christian, no wonder our conservative movement is less than Christian. There is little Christianity in our nation to preserve!

What Exactly Are Conservatives Conserving?, CRISIS MAGAZINE, 28 August 2023

It’s now more than apparent that the American conservativism articulated by Russell Kirk and championed by Buckley, Goldwater, and Reagan was a complete and unmitigated failure that was unsuccessful in conserving anything from the American people’s majority in the United States to the historic concept of the two genders. Like Churchianity, its failure was inevitable because it was focused on inclusivity and expanding its numbers rather than requiring a dedication to the truths it proclaimed on its members and policing the legitimacy of that dedication among them.

American Christians must put Jesus Christ, heritage America, the good, the beautiful, and the true ahead of all the niceness and inclusivity and equality and civnattery and all the other fake virtues, or they will continue to drown in a swamp of judeo-churchian conservatism.