What’s next for religious conservatives?

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(RNS) Mitt Romney failed in his bid to win the White House back for Republicans, but the biggest losers in Tuesday’s voting may be Christian conservatives who put everything they had into denying President Obama a second term and battling other threats to their agenda. Does the religious right need to reinvent itself?

  • Ann

    So, in order to attract more votes we Republicans should compromise our morals? Might as well have just one party then and be democrats. We might have lost politically but our Lord sees where our hearts are when when we vote and I for one will always vote according to what would be pleasing to my Lord. As a Catholic it appalls me that Obama, the most pro-abortion president we ever had, got more than half of the Catholic vote. NO EXCUSES Catholics! You KNOW what our Faith teaches. You cast your votes for abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc. In other words, for SATAN’S agenda.

  • Suz

    Tell me how we are to compete, will you? As a devout Catholic, I cannot compromise my basic beliefs and must always vote my conscience! I cannot compromise on issues of abortion, contraception or gay marriage, nor can I or will I ever vote for a candidate who supports these issues! So tell me, what are conservative Republicans supposed to do? Maybe we should just die–as one of the Democrats commentors on MSNBC suggested we do!

  • adventtruth

    The Religious Right/Christian Conservatives is fighting a loosing battle. This is so not because Romney or the Republican Party is not doing their will; but rather because they are not doing the will of Almighty God whom they pretend to represent. The theme of the Bible is Freedom of Choice. They seem to be completely oblivious to this enduring principle. The solution to our moral problems is not political activism or the ballot box. It is the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of God unto salvation. Quite ironically, these so-called religious leaders have for decades now been boldly proclaiming from their pulpits that God’s law has been abolished since Jesus died for sins on Calvary’s cross. They have managed to very effectively articulate to society at large that God’s grace gives us license not to keep His law. In the process, they have replaced the power of the Gospel with the ill perceived strength of the state to change lives. Well, since there is no law there can be no sin. The question therefore is, why are the up in arms about the moral condition of the nation? The fact of the matter is that the chicken has now come home to roost. And what is their response? An appeal to the arm of civil powers to enforce their dogmas. We need only to take a casual look at the Middle East, the Papal rule of the Dark Ages, and our own Colonial period to see the abominable results of this type of diabolical thinking and action. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. The primary role of the church is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the Power of God unto salvation. They have failed miserably to do this, thus denying the power the power of God’s Holy Spirit to transform lives. Here is Benjamin Franklin’s assessment of the state of affairs of the Religious Right: “When a Religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its Professors are oblig’d to call for the help of the Civil Power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” (Letter to Dr. Richard Price, October 19th, 1790) No politician or any amount of political activism can reverse the moral decline of the age. Therefore, the dependence on politicians and political activism to enhance the morals of the populace is pathetically in vain. No government has the potential or ability to uplift the morals of society. This only comes about by a change of heart, by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Any attempt to accomplish this by the power of the state is to lead us back to the atrocities of the Dark Ages. What the Religious ought to do is to reach out to the abortionists, LGSB, and other sinners with an arm of love like Jesus did. They need to let sinners know that God loves them, but hate their sins. In their evaluation of their abysmal failure in the last election, the Christian Conservatives need to pay more attention to the word of God than to the potential of the government and it’s ability to alter the moral degeneration of the nation. It is the preaching of the true Gospel and not the ballot box that will bring about change. When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached in its fullness, calling men to the keeping of all of God’s commandments, including His Seventh-day Sabbath commandment, a miraculous change will come about that no politician or political party can ever achieve. http://www.thesabbathtruth.org/get-involved.html

  • Jeff Hellweg

    Thank you but I will keep my faith, my values and convictions, and the liberals/Dems can have the country. America is sliding further down a slippery slope. It all is laid out in the Bible. I had just hoped I would not have to live through it. The Conservatives can only pray for God’s mercy.

  • Vin

    For anyone interested in how the state of the world today was prophesied in around 1965, look up this video by Paul Harvey, really scary. http://stg.do/9­LDc. It;s hard to disregard.

  • Jean

    I don’t believe for a minute that the problem is conservative issues. The problem is the extremes of the Tea Party who would like to do away with every government program out there. Look, half the Catholics in the United States voted for Obama for the social issues like health care and programs for the poor. By and large they are not pro-abortion, they simply don’t believe the Republicans would do anything about it anyway so they vote their pocketbook issues. I knew the Democrats would win this election when Romney picked Ryan for his running mate. Not that I have anything against Ryan, but he made his reputation trying to slash programs and that frightened away a lot of pontential voters. Romney should have picked a candidate that was middle of the road and likeable on both sides of the isle but who was firmly pro-life. A pro-life Democrat would have cinched the ticket.

  • policesuspectfoulplay

    By all means, GOP, please keep trying to convince the nation that homosexuality is satanic and aborting a 3-month-old fetus is the same as murdering a 3-year-old boy. We’ll be happy to keep beating you year after year. #teapartywaterloo

  • John

    @ police: typical response.

  • A. Anderson

    “You cast your votes for abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc. In other words, for SATAN’S agenda.”

    ” I cannot compromise ”

    “It all is laid out in the Bible. I had just hoped I would not have to live through it. The Conservatives can only pray for God’s mercy.”

    Independent voter here. This is the kind of hocus-pocus that convinced me to vote against Romney. I support conservatism, but I’m tired of seeing a sizable portion of the party trying to turn the USA into a theocracy. The Tea Party being the GOP’s useful idiots only made it worse.

  • lorac

    I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Liberal Christian

    Maybe if evangelicals and fundamentalists were more into preaching Jesus and less interested in forcing the rest of the country to follow their moral codes re: abortion and gays, both of which Jesus didn’t mention in the Gospels; they wouldn’t alienate so many people who value personal freedom and responsibility. And while we will all be judged one day, I don’t believe in a god who sends hurricanes that causes misery for everyone, including children, in order to punish people who are committing particular sins.

  • Keith Blevins

    I truly feel for folks on the political right who are reeling after this election. In 2004 I was very attached to Kerry defeating George W. Bush. I saw Bush as a vain and arrogant man who spouted Christian platitudes while pursuing an evil foreign policy, and class warfare on the middle class and poor. I feared that if he was reelected he would use the levers of power to fulfill Karl Rove’s dream of a permanent Republican majority and assume dictatorial control of the US.

    This, in retrospect, was paranoid thinking brought on by the hyper-partisan atmosphere of the presidential election, combined with my practice of getting my information from a limited number of news sources which continually confirmed my opinions and biases. I suspect that many of you have experienced something similar this year.

    Please relax. President Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is not an enemy of the United States. He is not a Muslim. He is not an atheist. He is not going to turn over our sovereignty to the United Nations. He is not coming to take your guns. He is not going to institute Sharia Law in the United States. He is also not a socialist. Raising taxes on people making more than a quarter million dollars a year by 4.6% is not socialism. What it is is returning out tax code to where it was under Bill Clinton. And as I recall, the US did quite well financially under Clinton, regardless of your opinion of his personal sexual morality.

    Yes, the world is shifting on you. More liberal social values are replacing traditional religious teachings. And one of the recurring themes is personal freedom versus authoritarian control. Something it would do you well to recognize is that your attachment to your religion is a manner of surrendering responsibility for your actions and choices in life. You are allowing someone else to do your thinking for you, living under a code of ethics that has been handed to you to follow. This type of thinking/being tends to carry over into other facets of life as well. And as such, you live your life under the control of your conception of God, the teachings of your religion, your pastor, your boss, your father, your husband, Rush Limbaugh, Ralph Reed, Billy Graham, and other figures of authority. You take what these authorities give you as absolute fact, and live your lives as though that were so.

    It is not. It’s just their take on things. Sometimes they are quite wrong – just like with this election where they had convinced themselves that Romney would win in a landslide. People are fallible. Many who seek power are slick manipulators who learn how to say the right things to control people and get what they want. Tom DeLay is a perfect example – someone who has zero moral convictions but pretended to be a devout Christian to obtain political power.

    Here is a far more powerful approach to life. Consider everything you believe you know as fact to actually be “maybe fact, maybe an incomplete understanding of the world.” Accept the idea that your chosen authorities are not to be believed without question, not to be taken as the final word just because they say so. Be open to new information that doesn’t align with what you had previously believed. Weigh the relative credibility of the sources of the old and new information, and consider changing your beliefs when appropriate. The world is the way it is, but our perceptions and understanding of it grow over time – when we approach things in this manner. Otherwise, we get stuck believing things that aren’t really true.