Two articles appeared this morning that when read side-by-side, paint a pretty clear picture of why the last election went so poorly. From South Carolina’s “The State” come s a piece entitled “4 reasons why Republicans are rekindling evangelical outreach.” The piece is attempting to describe how everybody is working things out, but within is this most telling bit:
Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, told social conservatives in April to stop contributing to the party until leaders “grow a backbone and start defending core principles.” As the party adjusts to cultural changes, Connelly says Republicans might see it communicating a bit differently in coming elections, and evangelicals will need to adjust.
Some social conservatives have threatened to leave the party if it shifts its position against same-sex marriage. As some have suggested recalibrating the marriage message to reach younger voters, Connelly says the party’s stance is firm.
The problem is self-evident there, but beofre we get to it, we need to look at the other article. This one is from the Washington Times and it looks at the upcoming Faith and Freedom “convention.“:
Yet what will be in dispute among the conference’s rank and file is whether conservative religious voters failed to come out in full force last year for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney partly because of internal evangelical disputes over his Mormon faith or whether the candidate could lay legitimate claim to conservatism. Evangelical voters clearly didn’t come out in big numbers in 2008 for Republican nominee John McCain after he publicly denounced the Rev. Pat Robertson and other evangelical leaders and took policy positions often anathema to traditional conservatives, both economic and social.
Mr. Robertson will be honored for his work at the summit’s banquet Friday evening.
Also disputed, mostly in private, will be whether the evangelical movement, especially its younger members, is moving toward a libertarian toleration — but not approval — of homosexuality, cohabitation by unwed couples and other social issues.
We’ve done the numbers. Evangelical turnout was decent, but the presidential abstentions were telling.
On Tuesday, I tried to make the point that the NSA stuff was a distraction. Here we are again. Dissing Pat Robertson or marriage purity are important issues to us, but are the important issues to the nation? And if they are not they are distractions. That is how our nation works. What we are seeing now is culmination of liberal efforts that have lasted decades. Those efforts are to implement ideas that took root long ago. “The 60′s” were about trying to force those ideas on us. It did not work. They then went about taking over the cultural institutions, schools and churches, so that now, several generations later, their ideas are preeminent and they can get the legislation they want. We cannot FORCE the nation back in the other direction anymore than they could force it in this direction to begin with.
So, to get where we really want to be we are looking at the work of decades. What do we do politically in the meantime?
Staying home and pouting that the world is not right is not an option. During their decades of culture shaping the liberal were still very active politically. They learned the value of compromise and the value of the small victory. The wacko climate change people made peace with the wacko animal rights people both of whom made peace with the sexual liberationists so that as culture changed they had a coalition to push the agenda forward. They even managed to win quite a few elections in the effort.
They came to understand that the “core principle” was not controlling CO2 emissions or achieving same-sex marriage – rather, it was simply advancing liberalness on the cultural front in schools and churches and the political front in the form of the Democrat party. If we insist that our “core principles” are theology and sexual purity then we will never get to a point where our agenda will matter again. Right now we are sequestering ourselves.
The path to power in a democracy like ours is service, not agenda.
Let me repeat that – the path to power in a democracy like ours is service, not agenda. During the last few decades the liberals have put on the appearance of service to achieve their goals. In schools, in churches, in the Democrat Party, they have served, often at the expense of setting their specific issues to the side. The scandals of this administration demonstrate; however, that it was only appearance.
We can win this fight because for us service is a core principle, not a facade merely to achieve power. Christ was a servant even unto the cross. Can we do less?