These days it seems the Democrats and Republicans both see themselves as the “moral” party. The Dems defining moral as open-minded and inclusive where the Conservatives believe moral is staying true to Christian values.
As a parent, it can be hard to know where to stand. Children are notoriously open-minded as their brains are still developing and they are still learning about the world around them. Being opposed to liberal stances can sometimes seem cruel which makes it hard especially since giving in can go against Christian values. Is it possible to be both inclusive and stay true to one’s morals?
I must admit my first thought was no. I believe many of the young liberals mean well but are naïve to how the world truly works. However, after turning to scripture and thinking more about the issue, I began to think it may just be possible. I mean who could possibly be more inclusive than Jesus himself?
Now being inclusive doesn’t mean that we turn a blind eye to immoral behavior, but it does mean we should be empathetic towards these people and try to show them a better way. By demonizing certain groups, we are only isolating them and making their group identity stronger. For example, the more Conservatives fight the LGBTQ community the more fire they have to rally their community. This also gives liberals excuses to make Christians look like “bigots”.
Despite the charitable work churches do around the country and the world, Democrats and Progressives have framed Christians as bullies causing young people to separate themselves from the religion they were raised on. How can we let this continue? There must be a better way.
Conservatives want change. They want politicians who are on their side not someone who will take away the fruits of their labor. However, I don’t necessarily believe Conservatives want Trump (although they may like some of his policies). Once this era is over, Fiscal Conservatives and Evangelicals need to rethink our approach and find a way for our ideals to appeal to the younger generations. Being empathetic to at-risk populations and minorities could be a huge first step. By coming up with solutions for these individuals instead of blaming them for their situations (even if it is true) could show our kids we practice what we preach.
Now I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers, but I would say what we are doing now doesn’t seem to be working. There’s no doubt this country could use a moral compass and maybe it’s time we take a more significant role. We need to stop letting Democrats make us out to be monsters and show our youth that we truly have their best interest in mind.