>Okay, okay. I know what it means to be “Reformed.” At least, for me it means privileging God’s sovereignty above all else.
But what does it mean to be “conservative”? Nathan asked as much a few posts ago.
Because I know I’m done with James Dobson telling me what it means. Can I still be called a conservative and disagree with nearly everything coming out of the Council for National Policy?
But the new generation of evangelicals is sick of being labeled as backward rednecks because of their association with fossils like Dobson. There are many evangelicals like Cizik too who are not all about homophobia, nationalism, war-without-end and American exceptionalism or the Republican Party. Like Cizik they believe that the America has a responsibility to do something about global warming, poverty, AIDS, human trafficking and other issues. They see through Dobson and the other so-called pro-life leaders, who have actually done nothing to reduce abortion. In fact Dobson has increased abortions because of his “abstinence only” crusade.
I’m done with the culture wars. I’m done with the power trips. I’m done with cabals.
I, like Nathan, probably don’t fit very well either with the usual “conservative” moniker. I will defend life at all costs, but more in the epideictic sphere than the deliberative. I think war is a pretty bad solution for just about every problem. I think Affirmative-Action might be the best way to fix a history of really lousy and sinful choices white people have made. I think the death of habeas corpus is pretty much the death of freedom as we know it in the English-speaking world.
In other words, those conservatives around me here in South Carolina probably think I’m a turncoat because I can’t stomach voting for John McCain. And my liberal friends think I’m just quaint and old-fashioned because I affirm a Christian creed.
Kenneth Burke would say we’re due for a casuistic stretching of our terms. So. . . let’s have at it. Are we just crabby malcontent Gen-Xers? Paleo-Cons? Prophetic politicos in the Fourth Great Awakening? Or . . . what?