Time For a Christian Exodus From a Failed Republican Party|
Dr. Grace Vuoto
August 24, 2013
It is time for Christians, and those of other faiths who value this nation’s
unique character, to leave the Republican Party and start their very own
For decades, the Christian alliance with the GOP has failed to roll back or even
mildly halt the relentless advance of liberalism. We have lost the culture, lost
the traditional underpinnings of the nation and no longer have a national
character we can take pride in. The Republican Party is useless for all those
who are serious about upholding traditional Judeo-Christian morality.
Practicing Christians have none other than themselves to blame. For, in
accepting the idea that an alliance with a broader political agenda can also
secure moral aims, we have lost sight of who we really are.
In a 2004 column on the uniqueness of America, Jewish writer and talk show host
Dennis Prager noted that “Judeo-Christian America has differed from Christian
countries in Europe” in significant ways. “For example, Thomas Jefferson wanted
the design of the seal of the United States to depict the Jews leaving Egypt.
Just as the Hebrews left Egypt and its values, Americans left Europe and its
values.” The innate sense of “chosenness” which these Americans shared with the
Jews “is why more Americans have died for the liberty of others than any other
nation’s soldiers,” Prager wrote.
As Christians, we are to place nothing above our faith. Nothing should come
first. And yet, for decades we have accepted the notion that the economy comes
first, health care comes first, foreign policy comes first … essentially
everything except our moral, sacred and eternal principles has taken precedence.
We have subordinated ourselves to the false God of the “Big Tent” GOP and in so
doing have worshiped fleeting idols.
Ultimately, our core values have been trampled underfoot and we too have
unwittingly participated in their strangulation.
Yet, there is clarity now. The GOP is a dismal failure. Since World War II, the
size and scope of the state has grown at an exponential rate. Not even President
Ronald Reagan was able to reverse its mammoth trajectory. And with that growth,
our liberties have steadily receded. In the Obama years, this is now compounded
with soaring budget deficits and a national debt so large we may never recover.
Where is the fiscal conservatism Republicans have promised to deliver, again and
again? Where is the small government they profess to cherish? Instead, we have
capitulated to liberalism, leading to the gradual erosion of our individual
The Republican Party is currently searching for its soul, as it tries to
understand why President Barack Obama won re-election in 2012. And in this
search for the path forward, many have proceeded to sell out even more of our
principles. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has told us to accept immigration reform
and to go soft on the social issues. Soft from what, we have to ask? Do we go
from mere mush to pure liquid? Do we move from failure to nonexistence? How much
more are we to dilute ourselves in order to win an election? And at this pace,
what kind of victory are we striving for if we are to win votes but only by
selling out all our values?
It is far better to hold onto truth than to win without a shred of it.
Mr. Priebus’ approach is morally vacuous and strategically foolhardy. The GOP
strategy to go moderate is simply not working. In successive elections,
moderates have failed — Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. These candidates
do not appeal to the center, as promised, while failing to galvanize the base of
the Republican Party. Instead, these politicians only succeed in keeping the
base at home.
Christians, in particular, are tuning out altogether from electoral politics. In
2012, had they turned out to vote in droves, Mr. Romney would have won the
presidential election: 2.5 million evangelicals and millions of Catholics
preferred to stay home, by contrast to 2008, rather than show up to cast a
ballot in line with their core values.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Russell Moore, president of
the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,
called for a turning away from the concept of the moral majority toward the
“prophetic minority” — that is, a notion that Christians will stand unabashedly
for life, marriage and religious liberty — not as a political strategy but
merely as a matter of defending their minority rights. This approach is to focus
on individual virtue, evangelization and cultural influence rather than
Mr. Moore’s “prophetic minority” is a step in the right direction. It is indeed
better to aim small, have few but real adherents of Christianity who truly
embody the faith in their lives, than many whose adherence is superficial. We
are well to return to the example of the early Christians whose burning, deep
and authentic faith inspired others to follow suit.
After all, Jesus himself was an underdog of one, who then cobbled together a
committed twelve. With the help of only twelve, after several hundred years, the
very one who was deemed a criminal and crucified at the hands of the Roman
state, was then exalted as the leader of the one and only true religion in the
largest empire the world had yet known.
This example, of small but true, is more successful than the path we Christians
have embarked on in America. We have taken the opposite road of the early
Christians — going large, vast and shallow rather than small, deep and utterly
Christians must indeed rekindle a passion for their faith and for
evangelization, as Mr. Moore suggests. And yet, we can also have a political
influence with a party that is a self-professing and unabashedly Christian
Party. This political organization will place religious and moral issues first,
without compromise, and regardless of political calculations.
Does this mean there will eventually be a persecution or exclusion of other
faiths — Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu? Of course not: Any student of
American history knows there is no greater guarantee of religious freedom than
when Christians are in charge of this country.
As we have seen, it is the secularists who threaten the religious freedom of
all; it has been Christians who have best understood how to preserve the
nation’s religious character without harming the faith of others. Adherents of
other faiths are in fact likely to applaud and admire a resurgent, muscular
Christian America. Those of other faiths currently share our contempt for the
values of a secular state that in theory offers freedom for all but in practice
has descended into cultural barbarism and perversity.
The attempt to be inclusive means Christians currently dilute themselves to the
point of not standing for anything at all. It is enough.
Many will argue that third parties in America never win. Many will say
fracturing the GOP only leads to Democratic victories. Both points are true but
irrelevant. We are losing already. We can only go up from defeat. For if even
one truly principled member of a new Christian Party is elected it will be
better than 280 useless Republicans in Congress. An example of truth will
ricochet manifold, in or out of office. By contrast, several hundred liars
successfully elected to Congress only depresses the national character and
smothers the flame of Christianity.
It began centuries ago with simple, uncompromising truth. It began with an army
of one. That is the path to virtue, to national restoration and to freedom.
Let Christians act on the strength of their convictions, sever ties with the GOP
once and for all and take hold of the destiny of this nation. We are its only
Grace Vuoto is the Editor of Politics and Culture at World Tribune. The
founder of the Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal, she is the host of
American Heartland with Dr. Grace on WTSB Radio Saturdays at 3:00. See show and
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