If the Republican party would just abandon the Judeo-Christian traditions this nation was founded upon, because the Pew Research study says that 23 percent of Americans are unaffiliated with any religious, then the GOP might be able to win the White House, surmises Salon Magazine writer Matthew Sheffield.
Never mind that the same study found that 70 percent of Americans still identify as Christian, Sheffield “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.”
While the statistics showing a rise in the religiously unaffiliated are undoubtedly sobering to people of faith, Sheffield fails to mention that the very same Pew study showed that over 70 percent of Americans continue to identify as Christian. That means that to an overwhelming majority of Americans, God matters.
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.
In Sheffield’s faulty logic, the GOP must abandon its Christian base and the conservative morality that form much of its platform, becoming like the Democratic party in order to be relevant in American politics. This certainly won’t make the conservative voice vanish nor will it gag those who actively work for moral causes like the pro-life and pro-family values, but in Sheffield’s mind it would win elections 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.
“Regardless of what happens to GOP candidates in November, Christian conservatives face a choice,” Sheffield concludes. “They can embrace identity politics and become a small group of frustrated Christian nationalists who grow ever more resentful toward their fellow Americans, or they can embrace reality and render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s.”
Becoming Rome, as Sheffield suggests, really means that America will crumble and be no more. The bedrock of this nation is from a Judeo-Christian perspective and nothing can alter that truth. Progressive will rewrite it and use numbers like 23 percent are unaffiliated and therefore must “render to Caesar and embrace reality”, but the fact is the religious in this country will cling to their God, long after their political affiliation devolves into something that is no longer representative of their beliefs.
What Sheffield seems not to realize is that for many Americans, the choice of being Christian is not just a means to a secular end. Embracing or rejecting faith in God is not the result of a political calculus whose ultimate goal is mirroring societal trends and thus achieving popularity and victory. To let social surveys dictate one’s political platform, raising a finger to the wind every time fashions change, is to have the shallowest of views of the meaning of politics.
Many Americans still believe that political parties should ultimately be guided not just by pragmatism and polls, but by deeply held convictions concerning the common good, justice, truth, and the welfare of all citizens.
The religion of the left is the Democratic Party. Their god is their elected leader and they will not tolerate anyone who worships the God of the Bible.