One of the biggest criticisms that people like Dave Smith of Part of the Problem Podcast, and Tom Woods (who needs no introduction) had of the Libertarian Party (LP) during the recent election cycle was the cozying up to the Left that the LP inexplicably decided was a good tactic.
Bill Weld and Gary Johnson were always nice about Hillary, a murderous and bloodthirsty animal, but oh boy, Trump was the worst thing in the entire world because he said mean things.
Their policy decisions also pandered to the Left. The LP seemed to think that people weren’t allowed freedom of association and need I bring up baking cakes here?
Where did all of this get the LP? Not much of anywhere. They can claim that they had growth, and that’s all fine and dandy, but nothing of substance really happened. Tom Woods specifically kept making the point that the Left has no respect for libertarians and thus cozying up to them will bring nothing but ridicule (what’s up half-naked dancing guy?). It’s not like we are going to make any converts this way because we are providing a bastardized version of (l)ibertarianism.
Why do I bring this up now?
Unfortunately, many pop evangelical Christians seem to have the same strategy as the LP. The past couple of days, every well known pastor and their mother has come out against white nationalism and Nazism. Making declarations that it’s evil, and we cannot stand for the sin of racism!
It’s hard not believe this is to try to stay relevant in a world that is ever becoming more hostile towards Christianity. If we can just get mainstream approval on this, then maybe we won’t be hated for believing homosexuality and abortion are sins just as heinous as racism!
But will this pandering actually doing anything? Count me skeptical. Why? Because it’s not honest. The world isn’t going to suddenly be open to the Gospel because we take their side on a basic belief of 2017 when on everything else we disagree.
Much like Tom Woods pointed this out in his wonderful speech to libertarians at LP Convention last year. We should be unashamed in our libertarian beliefs. Be bold, don’t back down, and let the chips fall where they may.
May we be even more so for the Gospel.
And boldness? Boldness in belief doesn’t require you to take self-described “brave” stands that literally everyone else is taking. I feel no need to sign a petition against racism. It’s just that simple.
And racism is bad, but coming out against it is not going to get Christianity mainstream acceptance to agree with something we’ve already believed for years. And the left doesn’t really care about us because the Gospel is offensive either way.
@AndrewIsker pointed this out beautifully on Twitter in a thread:
Compare and contrast how evangelical leaders talk about white nationalism and homosexuality. For one they will use every ounce of fire and brimstone they can possibly summon. For the other, they will say “we have to be gentle, patient, kind, gracious, and careful not to give offense, they are broken & hurting.” If you aren’t willing to use the same terms for the sin the zeitgeist adores, I don’t want to hear your condemnation of the sin they hate.
As the kids say, that’s straight fire.