Recently my faith has been called into question by some of the presidential candidates running for the Republican nomination because, as a social conservative, I don’t agree with them about illegal immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, or even how we need to address the Syrian refugee crisis. Some of them include:
- George Pataki called social conservatives a “distraction” from the real issues.
- John Kasich claimed the right to “shape conservative philosophy” as he defended his pro-Obamacare, pro-amnesty, pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage positions.
- [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] were both Gang of Eight members promoting amnesty for illegals and criticizing those who opposed it.
- Jeb Bush strongly favors amnesty and has flip-flopped on the Syrian refugee situation.
Now, it is not my intention to defend myself against these accusers. If, after providing an explanation detailing my point of view, they still choose to accuse me of lacking “American values” or not being Christ-like because I fail to show Christian love, that’s their opinion. Fortunately, the measure of my values and Christ-likeness, or lack thereof, isn’t their call. But it does beg the question: what does Christian love look like?
Did Jesus show Christian love when He drove the money-changers out of the temple with a whip that he made specifically for that purpose? Was he demonstrating love to the religious leaders when he referred to them as a “brood of vipers” as he chastised them for seeking an escape from the coming judgement?
Actually, I would say yes! He did! Because love sometimes means dealing with things as they are, not as we wish they were.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who Adolf Hitler hanged for standing in defiance of the evils of Nazi Germany, had a name that described the social climate of the church in Germany during WWII which led to her collapse — cheap grace:
“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
As I witness an America that drifts further and further away from the nation envisioned by our Founding Fathers, where costly grace has been replaced with the cheap grace of progressive Christianity, I refuse to stand by and allow this great country to fall under the tyranny of indifference and inaction.
Homosexuality, abortion, the unconditional acceptance of Syrian refugees, and other issues such as these are wrong, and they will always be wrong. And taking a stand against them isn’t a demonstration of hate, but the ultimate display of love.
Scripture tells us that we are to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). As I look at the candidates we have running for president, it seems to me that America could use more serpents and far fewer doves.
The character and survival of America depends on it!
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David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative, where you will find news and opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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