Today, if the Devil ran against the Antichrist, modern “conservatives” would vote in the Antichrist as the “lesser of two evils.” The relative definition of what it means to be a conservative has eroded to the point that “good” is no longer the rule or frame of reference, but “evil” is.
Compromise is the fuel to catapult the conservative where old-fashioned liberals had never been. Absolutes are now evil, and old-time conservatives are demons.
Alcohol has become the Kool-Aid of conservatives, even though it was treated as poison by earlier America. Capitalism is now out of the question, as greedy conservatives consider whose pockets to pick. Money, which used to be established as something of intrinsic value, such as gold and silver created by God, now is created and confiscated by the all-powerful, central government.
Old black-and-white movies reveal typical American women far more conservative than the ones sitting in most conservative churches today. The liberals keep moving the standard toward evil, and the conservatives keep accepting the new definitions.
The old-fashioned American conservative had an infallible Bible in one hand and the Constitution in the other. He had one wife and plenty of God-fearing children. He worked for real money by the sweat of his brow. He honored God and respected his fellow man. He fought against all forms of evil and rewarded good – which is the purpose of government.
The modern “conservative without a cause” has rejected the standard, the Bible, and redefined the Constitution. For the past 100 years or so, the pattern has been consistent that the “liberal” of today will be the “conservative” of tomorrow.
(The writer is pastor of The Church of Philadelphia in Aiken, S.C.)