Sunday, August 21, 2016

Liberal Salon: GOP should dump God in order to be relevant

Breitbart reports:

Salon Magazine has accused the Republican Party of being out of touch with “post-Christian America,” warning the GOP that if it doesn’t renege on its alliance with Christianity, it will soon become irrelevant.
Ted Cruz’s failure to get the GOP nomination, Matthew Sheffield proclaims in Salon, “is a perfect window into trends that will set the pace of American politics for decades to come: Americans are moving away from Christianity, including people most likely to vote Republican.” 
And while Sheffield rightly notes that atheists overwhelmingly vote Democrat, he comes up with the unlikely conclusion that Republicans should slough off their historical friendliness with religion in order to keep up with social trends. In other words, Republicans should repeat the Democrats’ mistakes of alienating the pro-life community, religious believers, and traditional families in the hopes of pandering to the relatively small group of religiously unaffiliated.
While observing that “the religiously unaffiliated appear to have a real preference for Democrats,” Sheffield insists that Republicans could cut into the Democrats’ voter base if they would just abandon the illusion that Americans still care about God.
“While secular people have always favored Democrats for as long as the data goes back,” Sheffield says, “the situation has actually become even worse in recent years for the GOP.” 
If the GOP would just sell its soul and dump its religious constituency, Sheffield suggests, things would go a whole lot better. This includes a full embrace of same-sex marriage and other positions at odds with Biblical morality, in the name of political expediency.
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For the liberals over at Salon to want to help the GOP win, that is suspect entirely. The DNC kicked God of their platform in the last election or two. But with that said, there is some truth in there, although not for Salon's reasons. The truth is, is that the GOP is indeed becoming more of a farce of conservative values, much less Christian ones. The candidates they offer, their pundits and their leaders are increasingly hostile to absolute truth. That the GOP is increasingly sodomy, illegal immigration, abortion, socialized medicine friendly shows this. I do believe in most ways the GOP's God-friendly platform is indeed more political than heartfelt, but the sneering of any acknowledgement of God within the GOP party is arrogant. Let's just say that Romans 1 has already happened to the DNC--at least with the GOP there's a semblance of acknowledging God exists. Some within the party haven't yet wholly been turned over to their hardened hearts and seared consciences. For how long, who knows.  Politics are indeed a spiritual issue--even a spiritual battle.  

But I'll pose a question: how many churches will go this route? Campus Crusade For Christ has already dumped "Christ", and now is just called "CRU". Churches are becoming doctrinally vague in order to embrace all sorts of people. So what we see in politics, we'll see happen in the churches, as they typically parallel the political arena.

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