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  1. Mark, you mention that you are a Christian conservative, but other than the comments about abortion, you do not give any reasons why the Republican values line up with your Christian faith. How do you make sense of the strong narrative of justice for the poor, generosity to the stranger and alien and redistribution of wealth so that all have enough that permeate both the Old and New Testament? Similarly, where in scripture do you find support for your emphasis on the individual being responsible for his or her own successes and failures? How does your faith inform your positions on these things?

    1. Thank you for asking those questions. I was a little disappointed to see that the first two articles had references to Jesus and/or scripture, but this one did not. I have really appreciated reading the entire series though, as I like to know the “why” behind why people think what they think.

      Regarding the abortion issue: my concern about this one issue is that I fear it is used only in order to get votes. If I remember correctly, there was a period of 4-6 years in the 2000s where Republicans had control of the Presidency, House, and Senate. If the abortion issue is so important, why wasn’t it a top priority and something done about it then? Along those same lines, if we took that one issue out, then how would people who only vote because of that one issue actually vote then?

      1. I also agree with the previous replies.

        I feel like a huge problem in politics today, especially on the Right, is that the Republican party principles are projected as synonymous with Christian ideals and that the Scripture references aren’t necessary “just because.” I have had many friends cling to their right to bear arms like it was written in the Ten Commandments. The assumption that America is, or was at any point, a Christian nation is not only crippling to America, but it is crippling to the Church. Jesus did not come to lay out the groundwork for the American Dream. He came for the weak, for the poor, and for the sick. It is disappointing to hear capitalism preached next to the Gospel on Republican pulpits. It’s not a bad thing to like capitalism or be a conservative, but we need a reset on what truly Christian political principles are. Do not let the political party you claim shape your own Gospel.

    2. Thanks Mark for your comments. Jennifer repeats the false narrative that the Democrats care more for the poor. The facts are that conservatives contribute 4 dollars to charity for every 1 dollar that liberals give. Reference the Documentary “America”. If liberals really care about the poor, why do they love abortion? Answer, votes and power. Why did Joe Biden give 30 dollars to charity a few years ago? He says “he does not make enough to contribute”! Why did Obama give 3% and Gore .3% of their income? They believe in power to take it from others but not give of themselves. That is the true heart of the Democrats. They want people like Jennifer to think they care, like Hillary, but they truly DO NOT. Actions speak louder than words.

      1. Actually, I was not defending Democrats, I was asking for a scriptural justification for the positions that Mark claims he supports because he is a Christian. I didn’t see it in his piece and I’m genuinely interested in how Christians who support a Republican platform fit this in with a biblical worldview.

  2. I too am a Christian conservative voter who values the idea of a constitutional republic. Unfortunately I see that it has been turned into a corporatist oligarchy run by banks that are “Too Big to Fail.” How does this comport with any value for a “free market?”

    I agree that since Ronald Reagan the executive branch has taken too much power for itself in the decision to wage war and commit American soldiers to conflict zones. This has led us to becoming more of an empire that acts unilaterally while seeking monsters to fight abroad. We now run multiple military missions per day in hundreds of countries per year. We are also more of a police state at home that spies illegally on its own citizens. This is unacceptable to me, on conservative principles, not to mention the price tag.

    I agree that the Supreme Court has legislated from the bench to create the immoral legal fiction of “corporate personhood” and first amendment rights for corporations. I agree the runaway military budget and endless warfaring has resulted in an enormous amount of wasteful spending that is impoverishing the country.

    As a Conservative I do not agree, however, with your highly Libertarian economic theory where scarcity and a daily struggle to meet basic needs (food, shelter, etc.) must be a consistent feature of modern life, apparently because it teaches self-reliance and discourages freeloaders. I believe it is possible to promote a reasonable level of independence and creative, dynamic entrepreneurialism if we have a free market that supports small business and a moderate social democracy that makes sure the needy and indigent do not have to live like animals even if they are irresponsible. Educational opportunity, realistic immigration policy, racial justice, and fair taxation are other important issues today I wish Republicans would seriously address — as real Conservatives.

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