Thursday, June 07, 2007

a review of what a christian conservative believes

In the title of this blog, and also in the profile section, I identify myself as a Christian Conservative. I also state in the profile section that if we as a nation don't recommit ourselves to the principles of Christian Conservatism, which were in fact the founding principles of this country, and turn away from the secular progressivism that threatens to fatally infect us, then the United States is doomed. It would be worthwhile, I think, to review (again) what I believe it means to be a Christian Conservative.

As a Christian, I believe that...

1. God is our Heavenly Father, the Author of life, and the Creator of all that is in heaven and earth. He created all people in His image.
2. Jesus Christ is God's one and only Son, and one with God.
3. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived as fully human and fully divine on this earth, was crucified on the cross, died, was buried, and on the third day was raised from the dead. He did all of this as the Perfect Sacrifice for our sins, so that all who believe in Him could have eternal life in paradise.
4. Jesus gave us the perfect blueprint for living our lives. Specifically, He said that we were to love God with our entire beings, that we were to love other people as much as we love ourselves, and that we were to spread the Good News to all of the world.
5. God sent His Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, to transform our hearts in God's sight, to help us remember the Word of God, to help us lead godly lives, to give us spiritual gifts for the edification of belivers, to guarantee our eternal life with God, and to empower us to be witnesses for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
6. we are commanded to hate sin, but love the sinner.
7. my Christian faith is more important than my political beliefs. In other words, it's Christian Conservative, not Conservative Christian. We must be Christians first, last and always, and then we can be conservatives.

As a conservative, and, specifically, a Reagan Conservative, I believe that...

1. my political beliefs are a natural extension of my religious beliefs. Simply put, I do not believe that we should look to politics and government for our salvation. I do believe that we must look to God and His Son Jesus Christ for our salvation, and then work like crazy for the salvation of the governed.
2. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."--Thomas Jefferson said it better than I ever could.
3. in the words of Ronald Reagan, "Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of God is acknowledged."
4. the Constitution says what it means and means what it says. In other words, let's have none of this rubbish about a "Living Constitution."
5. the Constitution was written to protect us from the possibility of our government taking our God-given rights away from us.
6. the principles of federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, popular sovereignty, majority rules, protection of the God-given rights of the minority, and the rule of law are all woven into the very fabric of our Constitution and must be followed to the letter with no deviation.
7. the judicial branch was always intended to be the weakest of the three branches.
8. the republic cannot survive without a religious and moral citizenry who in turn elect virtuous leaders.
9. life and liberty are only secure so long as our property rights are secure.
10. prosperity is highest in a free market economy with minimal government regulation and low taxes.
11. government, for the most part, should leave us alone and stay out of our lives.
12. we have allowed our federal government to become almost uncontrollable in areas of our lives that it was never intended to have power over. We have allowed that to happen because "we the people" have decided that "Mommy and Daddy Government" must provide for our every want.
13. There is good, and there is evil in this world. When the forces of evil threaten us, the evil must be defeated.
14. America is a "tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get here (legally). Quote comes from Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address, except for the word legally, which I added.
15. modern liberalism, or secular progressivism, is a cancer that is threatening to destroy our nation and our world. It is a philosophy that is entirely antithetical to the teachings of Christianity, the foundational principles of the American republic, and the beliefs of our Founding Fathers.


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