But I confess, my main anxiety about Christian conservatives is their seeming willingness to turn a blind eye to Christian pastor Mike Huckabee’s decidedly liberal instincts and either his acceptance of or desire to pander to politically correct conventional wisdom.
We get mixed signals on his tax policy, with critics saying he was a big taxer in Arkansas and defenders pointing to his support of the Fair Tax. He has exhibited a Jimmy Carteresque naivete on foreign policy issues, suggesting we can solve our problems with other nations solely with better diplomacy — as if tyrants and terrorist regimes respond to Golden Rule treatment.
He parrots the Democrat propaganda that President Bush did not extend a hand of bipartisanship to Democrats in his first term or since. He has boarded the left’s global-warming train. He’s an economic populist who seems to favor yet more state involvement in health care. His record on clemencies is troubling. And, he has nanny-state tendencies, from federal smoking bans to advocating a federal clearinghouse to promote the arts in education. Big government conservatism is oxymoronic.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Huckabee is a genuine Christian leader and a decent man whom I’ll support, if he’s nominated. But I think that on many political issues, he sounds a lot more like a liberal theologian and politician than a conservative one.
Liberal ones invariably translate Jesus’s heart for the poor as a mandate for massive wealth redistribution, as if state-coerced transfers of other people’s money are acts of Christian compassion. There is nothing compassionate about sapping the human spirit to the detriment of all.
Let’s remember that Reagan conservatism, from start to finish, is consonant with Christian values. Abortion may well be the most important issue, but it is not the only one.
Christian conservatives must promote other conservative principles, without which this nation would never have flourished, much less been the freest, strongest and noblest nation in world history.
We must redouble our commitment to free enterprise and fierce opposition to statism, which will destroy the spirit and reality of liberty as surely as abortion destroys babies in the womb. We must defend our borders, safeguard our national security, promote the unique American culture, shrink government spending and regulation, and reduce the federal tax burden.
Finally, as Christian conservatives, let’s remember that politics is not the only avenue for championing our values and positively affecting the culture.