I’m not sure how you wandered here, what brought you to my site, but I doubt that if you came back it was because you appreciated me upholding traditional Republican values. I doubt you filed me away in the mental category of “safe conservative Christian.”
If anything, you may have appreciated that I’m (hopefully) not another annoying forceful Christian.
I’ve never identified myself as a conservative. I probably once identified myself as evangelical, but that’s because I knew no other alternative and I simply thought evangelical was a synonym for Christian. Those not evangelical were simply not Christian.
I grew up so entrenched in evangelical Christianity that I never knew of any alternatives.
I’ve served my time rebelling against the conservatives, airing my grievances and reacting to various, near innumerable, absurdities. But, I think I’m understanding conservatives now, just a little bit. And I think it’s because I’m seeing more of the heart behind why they do what they do.
Maybe you don’t know me well enough, but this is big.
I appreciate that they play it safe, as they don’t want to deviate because they know what is sound. Though it doesn’t take many twists or turns to become legalism, they hold to the letter of the Law because of what God seems to like, and they don’t want to risk a slippery decent.
And though it can be annoying that they don’t like change – they know what is good and they want to stay true. They understand a thousand different things and ways are trying to pull them away, and they’re aware the most effective ones come hidden. They try to sneak in the back door. I appreciate that desire to stay close and unblemished, though of course it can choke them while protecting them.
I appreciate they aren’t afraid to look like simpletons or morons, and that they continue to stand for what they do despite the effects on image.
There are easy traps and land mines with their approach, and it doesn’t take a sophisticated system to sniff them out, however for my heart I needed to not villain-ize them. I needed to understand why they conserve rather than give liberally.
So my question to you is this: is this considered maturity, or could it be compromise? Warning: your reply may expose where others think your heart and allegiance truly lie, and therefore can instigate a flood of judgment and/or condemnation.