This will probably not be received well by some who think their political party espouses what Jesus Christ teaches. The defenitions are not mine there are links to them. The beliefs I state are mine. I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and as such I share with others what it has taught me.
First a link to real Christianity: http://www.riverpower.org/answers/real_christian.htm
From the link:
A Christian is someone who has decided to entrust his or her life to Jesus Christ. A Christian trusts Christ for forgiveness of sin, a right standing before God, and guidance in life.
Christian's are sometimes referred to as "born again" because Jesus said that one must be born of the water (the physical birth) and the Spirit:
John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
To be born again--born of the Spirit--a person must place his or her trust in Jesus Christ (See How does one become a Christian?. The Spirit of Jesus Christ actually comes to dwell within the new Christian, giving newness of life--His life.
In sum, Christ makes a Christian a Christian. Going to church does not make a person a Christian. A special ceremony can't do it. And nobody can be a Christian by trying to be a good person. Only Jesus Christ can make a person a Christian:
John 1:12,13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Just by providing that link I know I have angered some already, because they will not accept that one must be in Christ to be of Christ. Some think they can walk in the ways of the flesh and be of Christ. Thus you see the politicians, actors, business people, ... who profess a belief but live a whole different life than what they profess.
So lets start with conservatism. What is it the conservatives want ?? Well according to the definition given in this link they do not want change, they don't like trying new things, they prefer the traditional as if the traditional was good or right. Now I like traditional things if they make sense. But the traditional beliefs that some have are warped beyond believing or understanding how they can still hold onto the traditions. First off conservatism is not a term used in the Holy Bible. So for the conservatives to say that Jesus Christ was a conservative was to say he was actually a Pharisee or Scribe-lawyer- basing His Teachings on legalism. So for the conservatives to say they are basing their beliefs on Christ is not true.
Here is a link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservatism
From the link:
1 capitalized a: the principles and policies of a Conservative party b: the Conservative party 2 a: disposition in politics to preserve what is established b: a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically: such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage) 3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change See conservatism defined for kids »
First Known Use of CONSERVATISM
Related to CONSERVATISM
Antonyms:broad-mindedness, liberalism, liberalness, open-mindedness, progressivism
I can see where the conservatives would be more in line with the San Hedrin and those who believed in the righteousness of man through following the Law of God as given by Moses and later expanded by the Scribes and Pharisees so as to be legalism and not faith in God. Conservatism itself would tend to exclude the teachings of Christ as they are a radical departure from the way the Jews interpreted their laws and the prophets from the Old Testamnet. They were big on traditions and legalistic interpretations as if they were able to know the Mind and Spirit of God. Yet they were shown over and over that they got it wrong.
Now lets look at Fascism, here is the link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism
From the link:
Definition of FASCISM
1 often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state's authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. Martial virtues are celebrated, while liberal and democratic values are disparaged. Fascism arose during the 1920s and '30s partly out of fear of the rising power of the working classes; it differed from contemporary communism (as practiced under Joseph Stalin) by its protection of business and landowning elites and its preservation of class systems. The leaders of the fascist governments of Italy (1922–43), Germany (1933–45), and Spain (1939–75)—Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Francisco Franco—were portrayed to their publics as embodiments of the strength and resolve necessary to rescue their nations from political and economic chaos. Japanese fascists (1936–45) fostered belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese spirit and taught subordination to the state and personal sacrifice. See also totalitarianism; neofascism.
Gee we can't see that in the conservatism of today huh ?? Who led us into war with Iraq and used lies to do it ?? But he claims to be a Christian and many of the right wingers followed him ?? Who brought about the patriot act ?? Which party continually exalts America to the point that they believe we are ordained as God's nation. Which party has tried over the decades to make the poor into slaves while protecting the wealthy and wanting to give the wealthy and businesses more while taking away the litle the poor receive all in the name of the treligious and political; beliefs ?? Which party wants to deny women their equal rights and pay, as well as control their sex lives and individual decisions ?? Who is trying to force us off the fiscal cliff and wanting to destroy America if they can't have their way ?? The Fascists within the GOP/TP'ers!!! I'm not saying all are Fascists, I really believe some are just blinded to the truth.
How does any of that behavior show a belief in Jesus Christ ?? To me it exhibits the exact opposite.
Now lets look at liberalism: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberalism
Definition of LIBERALISM
1 : the quality or state of being liberal 2 aoften capitalized: a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity b: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically: such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class)
noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Political and economic doctrine that emphasizes the rights and freedoms of the individual and the need to limit the powers of government. Liberalism originated as a defensive reaction to the horrors of the European wars of religion of the 16th century (see Thirty Years' War). Its basic ideas were given formal expression in works by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, both of whom argued that the power of the sovereign is ultimately justified by the consent of the governed, given in a hypothetical social contract rather than by divine right (see divine kingship). In the economic realm, liberals in the 19th century urged the end of state interference in the economic life of society. Following Adam Smith, they argued that economic systems based on free markets are more efficient and generate more prosperity than those that are partly state-controlled. In response to the great inequalities of wealth and other social problems created by the Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America, liberals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries advocated limited state intervention in the market and the creation of state-funded social services, such as free public education and health insurance.
You see when the conservatives say we don't believe in a free market system they are wrong. But we believe in a free market system that is regulated so that the powerful do not destroy the weak for their gain and control the masses through a financial power.
You know I'm not a modern liberal. But I'm more of a classical liberal. I don't see much in the way in Christianity in conservatism, I do see the spirit of control and legalism in it, and I also see Fascism closely linked with conservatism.
Now getting back to Real Christianity, how can one actually practice what Christ says to do and begrudge people the rights He gave them ?? Real Christianity involves Christ not politics. But conservatism and Fascism offer political control over people up to and including what beliefs they are able to have.
Liberalism does not. It only says one is free to believe as one will for all will answer for what they do and thus should have the right to determine what or who they will follow.
That is the way I see it.
How do you see it ??