I originally posted this piece on RedState, but I’m going to elaborate more in this post.
I’ll admit, I’m not real savvy when it comes to Mary Fallin, but I can tell you she is the representative for Okalhoma’s fifth district, has voted in favor of Big Oil, voted against a Climate Change Committee, and is an avid supporter of our military. And, at the Navy Birthday Ball in Oklahoma City a couple weeks ago, I got the privilege to speak with her. Our conversation was brief, but very encouraging.
After I thanked her for her stand against health care reform, I voiced my concern about the Democrats and my suspicion that, being Democrats, they’ll start to find (create) “problems” with how votes are cast or counted, or how elections have been grossly unfair in the past, or…whatever they can think of in order to get some sort of “Voting Reform” in play in time for the 2010 elections. (I left out the part about my being prone to conspiracy theories, but I’m pretty sure she picked up on it.)
“We’ll be OK, God is still on the throne.”
Now, for staunch members of the Armchair Politician Community, her answer might not suffice, but for anyone who understands true conservatism, her answer was spot-on.
The Republican party needs more Mary Fallins and Sarah Palins. Not because they are women, and not because they tell it like it is, but because they haven’t hollowed out the core of conservatism-that core being God.
The conservative movement is becoming a force to be reckoned with, but will it be enough? Just this week I heard a man call into Rush’s show and lament that Rush was “our only hope”. Hearing this, I pounded my steering wheel and shouted, “And therein lies our problem! We are no different than the libs if we think our salvation-this country’s salvation- lies in the hands of a man!” Don’t get me wrong, I am not minimizing what Rush has done for the conservative movement. In fact, I contend that, for all practical purposes, we wouldn’t have much of a conservative movement if it weren’t for him.
But there are those who call themselves conservatives and extol the virtues of Reaganism, but wouldn’t be caught dead saying something like this (though it desperately needs to be said)…
“We Americans are blessed in so many ways. We’re a nation under God, a living and loving God. But Thomas Jefferson warned us, ‘I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.’ We cannot expect Him to protect us in crisis if we turn away from Him in our everyday living. But you know, He told us what to do in II Chronicles. Let us reach out to Him. He said, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land’.” ~R. Reagan
The fact is, those who want to bring back the Reagan Era while omitting the very core values Reagan held, will be sorely disappointed. I contend that it is not only a mistake to think we can stop Obama’s break-neck sprint into socialism (fascism, communism…pick one) with a watered-down, Godless Reaganism, but it is also an exercise in false hope.
That conservatives want to protect American liberty is noble. That conservatives want a limited government that will adhere to the Constitution is admirable. But a Godless conservative movement with lots of steam, good policies, and some great talking points, will have very little staying power if it is not fueled with the Truth. We’ll have our tea parties, our Joe the Plumbers, and, if we’re lucky, a few more Sarah Palins, but if this nation continues to turn away from God, we will have no guarantee that the One who holds the universe will have our backs. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Him, and we sure as heck aren’t going to survive without Him. It’s that simple.
There hasn’t been a nation yet that has been able to withstand the assault of a determined communist movement. And, for the record, communism (along with all the other despotic “isms”) is an ideology that demands, not only the eradication of individual liberty, but also the eradication of the God who grants that liberty. With this in mind, it is important to note that every nation that has fallen to communism had, over time, become Godless (with a big “G”). Quite simply, Godless nations cannot defeat an ideology hell-bent on destroying God-given liberties. It would be a little like asking Michael Moore to defeat obesity.
This brings us to our current conundrum. For reasons far too numerous for this post, gone are the days of America calling itself a Christian nation. That said, what makes us think we can hold back the tide of communism any better than the countries who have succumbed in the past? Tea Party Expresses, calling our congressmen, making our voices heard through our votes, and even listening to Rush, while valiant efforts, are small arms in what is truly a spiritual war.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4
I’d say a pathological liar for a president, a gaggle of a moral malcontents for czars, and a leftist Democrat congress are considerable strongholds. And, make no mistake, our current leaders do not care how much public support we manage to muster at tea parties or on Fox News. Despots don’t plan their steps based on the polls. Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao handled dissent with humiliation, intimidation, coercion, and violence. Obama and his henchmen will do much the same.
A tea party won’t cut it. We need something bigger. We need Someone bigger.
Reagan had much to contend with, but he didn’t have this scale of evil worming its way through his country. Even so, he repeatedly pointed this country back to its roots-back to the foundation of its founding…back to what he knew was the only avenue of victory for American greatness and liberty.
“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.” ~R. Reagan
It isn’t Reagan’s policies that should be restored and infused into this nation, but, rather, his zeal for and faith in God.
Reagan is dead; God isn’t.