Over the last decade, the conservative movement has found its footing in a body of like-minded citizens seeking to defend the American Founding as documented, reinstate fiscal and regulatory sanity in our federal government and restore Christian tenets of morality to cultural default status. There would have been a time in the not so distant past when most of America would have embraced this conservative vision but progressive thought, having marched through our institutions, has changed all of that leaving traditional conservatives uncertain as to how rare of a breed they are. As conservatives search for the politically like-minded, even in their own camp, they are befuddled by the majority of Jews and Christians who vote for Democrat candidates , and for democrat policy by extension, as the Democrat platform increasingly is not only in conflict with traditional Jewish and Christian doctrine, but actually snubs it. There appear to be at least three clear explanations for their rejection of select Biblical principles.
Reformed Christians and Jews no longer see the Bible as authoritative
Dr. Michael Brown maintains of the three branches of Judaism: orthodox, ultra-orthodox and reformed, liberal reformed is by far the largest. Approximately two centuries ago, in an effort to meld more comfortably in the larger community, Jews threw off their orthodox tradition becoming less devout and adopting a modernized secular “faith.” Reformed Judaism no longer required regular worship at the synagogue, keeping of dietary laws or belief in strict interpretation of scripture. Progressive Christians have promulgated a similar evolution away from strict interpretation of scripture and lax adherence to moral tradition. Atheists and progressive Christians actually share similar critiques of the Bible, among them being the claim that Bible is a human inspired book and is, therefore, unreliable. It should not enjoy historical validity or modern cultural weight and shall not instruct Progressive Christians on marriage, sexuality, life of the unborn or the role of women in the church.
Desire to promote social justice over adhering to eternal principles
The Progressive Left and atheists have been ragingly successful at normalizing social justice throughout the western world drawing in those from every faith. Adopting the cause of social justice enjoys a powerful allure as it taps into the purpose driven, warrior aspect of the human spirit. The rush of the plight of social justice is in the here and now: protecting the oppressed, immigrants, the poor, defending the rights of women, the rights of homosexuals and so on. Adherence to Biblical doctrine does not produce such immediate and overt attraction and is easily cast aside for alternative standards of morality in the name of progress. Social justice only requires standing in defense of those who are considered socially oppressed. Biblical principles require responsibility to fellow man and internal self- regulation over convenience and passion.
Fear of Fundamentalism
It follows that the large swaths of reformed believers who have now discredited the authoritativeness of the scripture and no longer adhere to the traditions and teachings proclaim their personal authoritativeness and establish their own standards of morality. These reformers thus fear a return to fundamentalism. Conservatives (and to an extent Republicans) are viewed as seeking a return to societal norms of morality that are completely unattainable to progressives. Just as conservatives question where they “fit in” to today’s culture, reformed Jews and progressive Christians question their place in a revived traditional Christian culture. Voting democrat reassures them of their place in today’s society.
Understanding how these political positions may be reconciled in a free system without oppression or worse would be an act of clairvoyance. Christian conservatives will not reform interpretation of Biblical scripture to satisfy current trends. Furthermore, they see progressive “reforms” as contributing to the decay and degradation of American moral and cultural fabric thus will remain steadfast in their opposition to the progressive movement. Meanwhile, progressivism is tyrannical in nature, demanding allegiance to the cause with punishment for non-compliance being social exile. Pray for national healing.