“Should the Republican Party Split?” Now That I Have Your Attention…

I had to rub my eyes for a few seconds when I saw an article of the same title. But even after I rubbed my peepers, that title came from an article written by Peter Leithart at the First Things blog. He starts off the article in this way: “President Obama is convinced that liberals have won the culture war, and he aims to leverage that victory to force a transformation of the Republican party.” He continues in an interview with the New Republic that since attitudes toward the LGBT issues and same-sex marriage are changing, Republicans need to embrace this change. Many in the GOP will resist this. Those who conform are “Good Republicans” and those who do not are “Bad Republicans.”

This article is compelling if for no other reason that, as the 1980s appealed to the Religious Right and those who wanted to be in the religious and political realm found a home there, we can see that this administration does not  hold to those ideals.  Our President has made clear that the election was a referendum to push forward the abortion, homosexual mandate.  The Religious Right of the 1980s had their day, but their day is done.  Good Republicans will evolve and embrace the president’s mandate.  Bad Republicans, according to Leithart’s take on Obama’s position, should be extracted from the party so we can move forward as one nation and one people.

While I tend to avoid political articles that seem to deal with strictly politics, I do want to address something that seems to snag Christians:  the notion is held by many that our country can be ultimately changed by implimenting the correct policies and having the right people in office who hold to moral values (which, believe it or not, was the referendum in the election of 2004 between George W. Bush and John Kerry, in which Bush won a second term).  Many revealed in this last election that loyalty to the party may often trump loyalty to the very religious beliefs they claim to hold. 

May I say this: nothing is worth compromising your Christian convictions that are grounded in the gospel for political expediency and traction.  If getting a seat at the political table (be it the religious right of the 1980s or the present leanings of the present administration) is an ambition of yours, but for that to happen, Christ, the gospel, and the Scriptures have to be compromised in order to move forward, is it really worth the cost?  Did not Jesus say that he that would gain his life would lose it (Mark 8:36-38)? 

In our political zeal, we must  recognize that change comes from the gospel applied by the Spirit within.  We are sinners in need of rescue.  We are cut off from an eternal perspective.  If our ultimate identity is found in the  here and now, then when the hereafter comes it will not count because soon the here and now will be the there-and-before. 

Leithart concludes that if the Republican party splits over these issues, then the “bad Republicans” should go.  What think ye?  I tend to agree.  What Scripture says about these things will trump any earthly party platform, Democrat or Republican.  The point is, would we be willing  to compromise Scripture over party ideals, or vice versa? 

The next four years will be very interesting.  It will make believers think more–and that will only help the true church grow stronger!

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