I am a conservative, but it wasn’t always that way. My transformation occurred when Jesus Christ called me in 1981, when I was 36, and became my Lord and Savior. I’m not saying everyone who is a conservative is a Christian, or it’s a prerequisite, but that’s the way it happened with me.
However, I do believe there is a connection between Christianity and conservative convictions. Conservative convictions revolve around three fundamental beliefs: the right to life for all human beings, traditional family values and the sanctity of marriage, and a commitment to faith and religion, all, which the Bible espouses.
Right to Life
Conservatives believe human life is a miracle, and life should live. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence declared that humans have rights, and among them the privilege of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” For years, the debate has raged about how abortion and capital punishment fit under those guidelines. I’m sure the debate will continue, but conservatives believe it’s apples and oranges to compare the killing of a defenseless infant, to retribution for the malicious taking of one or more other lives.
Traditional Family Values
Conservatives believe in traditional family values, including the sanctity of marriage being between a man and a woman. Traditional family values have long been the accepted moral unit in society, and begin with heterosexxual marriage. As a result, almost every moral code in society has its roots in heterosexual marriage.
Although homosexuality and lesbianism has been a practice almost since the beginning, it’s never been accepted by the majority of people. In addition, the continuation of the miracle of life depends on the union of a male and a female. Although conceiving children occurs outside of marriage, the institution of marriage was set aside for the purpose of procreation, and all deviations from that original purpose are wrong.
Faith and Religion
Conservatives believe in faith and religion, because of it’s foundation as how to live, and security for eternity. The miracle of life is born with the knowledge of their need for God, and it doesn’t dissipate. Addiction can be a problem, because people look for things for mental strength, support, courage, relief, power and answers. Then, when the addiction doesn’t bring what their looking for suicide may be the next step. According to “Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury,” in 2009, there were 472,000 self-inflicted wounds treated, and 34,598 suicides in the United States. Suicide ranked number 11 in causes of death that year.
Are conservatives a dying breed? It all depends to whom you talk. If you’re of liberal persuasion the answer is a resounding yes, and if you’re of conservative persuasion the answer is a resounding no. Conservatives may not have been the most extroverted people in the recent past, but we’re out there. In my opinion, President Obama is the best thing to happen to conservatives in a long time. If John Mc Cain was president, socialism would have been like a slow growing cancer, it was there, but not noticed.
However, Obama wears socialism on his sleeve, and conservatives are aware and concerned. Concerned enough to emotionally band together, in the manner of our forefathers, and direct the way the midterm elections go. In addition, conservatives are no longer passive.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Suicides and Self-Inflicted Injury: cdc.gov