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It never fails: Every time Republicans lose an election, certain voices begin to clamor that it's all the fault of the social conservatives -- including the "religious right" -- and that they ought to be thrown overboard. It's an important reminder that (1) Christians should never put their faith in any earthly party, and (2) Jesus wasn't kidding when He warned us about what the world would think of us.

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This might be a good spot to put in a plug for "UnChristian" by Kinneman and Lyons - a book I first learned of in this blog some years ago.

I hate to say it, but sometimes the Church does bring it upon itself. If you want to know how, check it out.
Ellen,

A few points.

1. The places where our moral positions lack majority support pack a lot of electoral votes.

2. The moral issues rank low in priority for most voters. Whether they are for or against abortion and gay marriage, only a small percentage choose candidates on that basis.

3. Gay marriage did actually lose the statewide referendum - in California, of all places. (Prop 8, now a couple years ago).

4. Many other voters just aren't that informed or don't care about the candidate's position on moral issues, even if it's opposite to their own.

5. Most people agree relieving poverty is also a moral issue. Some who vote for Democrats genuinely believe the party's policies benefit the poor. I think they're tragically mistaken, but economics is a complicated field few voters can ever hope to navigate.
I'm stuck on Gina's comment that Jesus wasn't kidding when He warned us about what the world would think of us! Why do we think the world might agree with us? Why do we think that more and more of them are coming to our side of the debate? They won't! They aren't! They do not want the same things we want! The world will NEVER want what we want! Give it up, a'ready!
Steve,

RE: "3. Our moral positions - restriction on abortion, prohibition on euthanasia, opposition to gay marriage - continue to win widespread support in well over half the country."

If that's the case, why did more than half of the participating voters vote to keep a president who is clearly in opposition to this moral position? Do these issues still win widespread support in more than half of the country?? This election makes me think that perhaps that's not the case anymore...
Just a few random thoughts:

1. It's wasted breath because Christians - the serious ones, that is - aren't about to just slink silently away.

2. Christians - again, the serious ones - are concentrated in the Republican primaries because they were long ago disenfranchised by the Democratic party. Like it or not, this tends to blur the distinction between the Republican party and social conservatives. No one is stopping anyone from fielding alternative candidates in the primaries.

3. Our moral positions - restriction on abortion, prohibition on euthanasia, opposition to gay marriage - continue to win widespread support in well over half the country.

4. Conservatives (political and economic) are stronger if we work together. We'll never agree on everything.

5. This is not to say Christians couldn't and shouldn't be extremely judicious and winsome in their public expressions. Candidates Akin and Mourdock did great harm to the party this cycle with their clumsy remarks. Akin, in particular, was guilty of peddling junk science. We are supposed to be committed to the truth.

6. The most ideologically extreme president this nation has ever elected did not win re-election by moving toward the center. He won through race-baiting, demagoguery, deception, the support of Hollywood, and partisan advocacy by the subsegment of the entertainment industry that still masquerades as journalism. His core voting bloc represented the least informed and least educated segments of the electorate (see reports of the American Civic Literacy Project, for example).
You know, I have heard (technically, read) hints of this attitude, but just through skimming a few things. I didn't realize it was a growing attitude.

But I am not surprised. Few people have the guts to speak out against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. I have seen nearly zero Christians who are willing to speak up against illegal immigration, because they have been taught in their churches that the Bible supports this type of lawbreaking.

As to the 'hating the rich' class warfare that we see going on today, Christians won't speak up in this area either. They have been taught that that "the poor" are always on the side of righteousness - even when they refuse to work or take responsibility for their lives in any way.

Christians are constantly told that those who willingly, willfully live this way are victims, and that those who work hard and earn money are obligated to not just help, but actually support them - again, even when they show no desire to take some responsibility for their poor life stills/behavior.

Yet isn't this exactly what the unbelieving world says?

Something is wrong here.
It's also tactically stupid. That would simply be Republicans trying to compete for an ideology that Democrats have locked up. It would be like the East India Company trying to conquer India by training sepoy mercenaries to act like Maratha cavalry instead of using Brown Besses. Or Queen Vickies army trying to beat Zulu's using Assegai instead of Lee-enfields.