I have had a number of conversations these last few weeks regarding the election cycle with conservative and libertarian friends who are forlorn and cynical about the current political class and the election results.  I understand.

Here is some perspective, however, that will hopefully encourage you in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election:

We must remind ourselves of the role of the Federal Government.  Its role is to maintain an adequate defense and regulate interstate trade, according to our U.S. Constitution.  These limitations on Government are worth fighting to maintain and this weeks’ election is no reason to forget this and relent in defending liberty.

There is hope that no matter how bad it gets we have, for the first time in human history, a system of government that (although under attack for decades) treasures the liberties given to us by our Creator to pursue life and justice as our conscience dictates.  We can fall back on this.  No amount of Socialism or corrupt politicians can take the concept away from us!  For the first time in human history, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence along with the Federalist Papers and the Articles of Confederation articulate the freedom and hope we all crave.

Being conservative is hard.  And being liberal is easy.  Human nature always wants change for the sake of change.  We are not unlike the Children of Israel who after tasting freedom and Divine Intervention for the first time in generations, longed for change and ease to the point of offending their Rescuer. We must fight against this base human nature to be discontent and lazy – abdicating our freedom to government authorities – and instead strive to love our neighbors actively, not passively through a bureaucracy that pretends to be more benevolent than we are.

Don’t be forlorn!  We need to continue to spread the message that reclaiming personal responsibility for our communities is the only way we be equipped as a nation to provide true “well-fare” and education for our neighbors and our children.

Our Founding Fathers planted the seeds of independence and liberty.  Our current political class may try to till up that ground and plant further dependence on the Federal government.  And when that ideology fails (again) to mature, its lack of roots and maturity will demand more government control, resulting in further erosion of liberty…

I am hopeful we can prove Thomas Jefferson wrong when he said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  It is its natural manure.”

Hold your head up as a conservative or as a libertarian and get involved more than ever.  Your country needs you!  If not you, then who?  A jaded and despondent conservative constituency has little to offer the country it cares to preserve.  I care too much about my children to give up the conservative fight.

16 comments
  1. History makes me optimistic. We’ve had hard times, liberal leaders, and deluded electorates before. God and His truth will prevail.
    Thanks for the encouraging word!

  2. History makes me optimistic. We’ve had hard times, liberal leaders, and deluded electorates before. God and His truth will prevail.
    Thanks for the encouraging word!

  3. Well said, Eric. I have been having a hard time trying to put to words all of my thoughts of this past election & i think you’ve summed it up.

    I can’t believe how increasing hard it is to be a conservative when many of our generation are fed up & “switching sides”. I want to scream from the mountain tops…it isn’t about switching sides, it is about standing up for what we believe in–not some party or some man that promises hope. Our only true Hope is Jesus. Vote for an earthly man that promises change & you will get more of the same.

    Live like the one true Hope & change the world.

  4. Well said, Eric. I have been having a hard time trying to put to words all of my thoughts of this past election & i think you’ve summed it up.

    I can’t believe how increasing hard it is to be a conservative when many of our generation are fed up & “switching sides”. I want to scream from the mountain tops…it isn’t about switching sides, it is about standing up for what we believe in–not some party or some man that promises hope. Our only true Hope is Jesus. Vote for an earthly man that promises change & you will get more of the same.

    Live like the one true Hope & change the world.

  5. You have just trivialized the views of many of your Christian brothers and sisters and dismissed them in a way I would never do to anyone, regardless of their political leanings. By saying that being a liberal is “easy” and that people just want change for the sake of change, you are dismissing anyone who made an informed decision about values, economics, the military, and candidates if it differed from yours. I, and I presume most liberals, are not fans of “change for the sake of change.” To say so insults my intelligence and judgment, for I knowingly chose my candidate based on his platform and views. In four years, if a republican president is elected, I will not say “they just wanted change.” I will presume the country weighed the options and views important to them.

    As to being a liberal being “easy,” have you ever tried being a pro-life, evangelical liberal? I am shunned by conservative friends and church members for my views on social justice, economics and foreign policy while at the same time defending the values and character of my conservative friends to liberals. It’s pretty darn tough, especially when I’m talked down to or demonized by my Christian brothers and sisters. If I personally wanted the “easy” route, I’d have stayed a Republican.

  6. You have just trivialized the views of many of your Christian brothers and sisters and dismissed them in a way I would never do to anyone, regardless of their political leanings. By saying that being a liberal is “easy” and that people just want change for the sake of change, you are dismissing anyone who made an informed decision about values, economics, the military, and candidates if it differed from yours. I, and I presume most liberals, are not fans of “change for the sake of change.” To say so insults my intelligence and judgment, for I knowingly chose my candidate based on his platform and views. In four years, if a republican president is elected, I will not say “they just wanted change.” I will presume the country weighed the options and views important to them.

    As to being a liberal being “easy,” have you ever tried being a pro-life, evangelical liberal? I am shunned by conservative friends and church members for my views on social justice, economics and foreign policy while at the same time defending the values and character of my conservative friends to liberals. It’s pretty darn tough, especially when I’m talked down to or demonized by my Christian brothers and sisters. If I personally wanted the “easy” route, I’d have stayed a Republican.

  7. Brian,
    If you carefully weighed the issues and decided to support a liberal for President, than kudos to you. You are the exception not the rule.

    A larger portion of Obama’s support came from people voting with their feelings…not with their head. A quick random poll of your friends would tell you that. It IS easier for the average person to strive for change and be discontent. That is a fact.

    If you have other or additional reasons for being liberal, God bless you. This post was not aimed at you.

  8. Brian,
    If you carefully weighed the issues and decided to support a liberal for President, than kudos to you. You are the exception not the rule.

    A larger portion of Obama’s support came from people voting with their feelings…not with their head. A quick random poll of your friends would tell you that. It IS easier for the average person to strive for change and be discontent. That is a fact.

    If you have other or additional reasons for being liberal, God bless you. This post was not aimed at you.

  9. Brian,

    I have personally read and have have directed at me vitriol from “progressive” evangelicals I know. I’m tired of conservative Christians being told we don’t care for the poor, etc.

    In society at large it is easier to be liberal than conservative. I’m sorry if you are being “demonized”. I may disagree with some of your positions on social justice, economics and foreign policy, but it isn’t necessarily because of biblical conviction than it is pragmatism. At the same time I’ve seen scripture twisted, mis-used and taken out of context to support progressive views in this area. Let’s agree that both camps have biblical support. Let both sides agree that we both share the same end, but disagree on the means.

    Also I know many conservative Christians would feel better about their progressive brothers and sisters if it didn’t seem like they were throwing the abortion issue under the bus, and seemingly consider what is evil as normal (gay lifestyle and gay marriage). I’m not saying you do this, but leaders in the evangelical left movement – Brian McLaren (if you can still consider him an evangelical, I can’t), Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo – seems to have done just that.

  10. Brian,

    I have personally read and have have directed at me vitriol from “progressive” evangelicals I know. I’m tired of conservative Christians being told we don’t care for the poor, etc.

    In society at large it is easier to be liberal than conservative. I’m sorry if you are being “demonized”. I may disagree with some of your positions on social justice, economics and foreign policy, but it isn’t necessarily because of biblical conviction than it is pragmatism. At the same time I’ve seen scripture twisted, mis-used and taken out of context to support progressive views in this area. Let’s agree that both camps have biblical support. Let both sides agree that we both share the same end, but disagree on the means.

    Also I know many conservative Christians would feel better about their progressive brothers and sisters if it didn’t seem like they were throwing the abortion issue under the bus, and seemingly consider what is evil as normal (gay lifestyle and gay marriage). I’m not saying you do this, but leaders in the evangelical left movement – Brian McLaren (if you can still consider him an evangelical, I can’t), Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo – seems to have done just that.

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