Liberals Think Good Thoughts, But Conservatives Do Good Things

When my husband David was a student at Harvard Law School, his fellow students couldn’t stomach his conservatism.  They talked endlessly about how Christians and conservatives were pompous, didn’t care about justice, and were far too concerned about abortion and gay issues than the kinds of things that really mattered.  Mainly, they talked about poverty, how to reduce it, and how Republicans were more worried about making money than helping the down-and-out.

One day, David saw a notice about a club at Harvard that actually went into impoverished areas and tried to help kids trapped in unfortunate circumstances — by getting the Harvard students to “adopt” a little brother or sister and take them under the student’s wing.  He showed up at the first meeting to sign up and was very surprised.  Though practically every self described liberal student said talked incessantly about their “concern for the poor” almost everyone who actually showed up for the meeting was a Christian.   David “adopted” a little brother, took him to baseball games, and developed a meaningful friendship with him.  His Christian friends did the same.  But he learned an important fact: liberals talk about helping the poor; conservatives actually help the poor.

David’s experience at Harvard was hardly an isolated incident.

Read about a new study that proves this anecdote is part of a much larger national trend here.

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  • Zeke

    Not sure what this all means, if anything. It could simply reflect that in states where church attendance is highest, charitable donations to churches are highest, which should come as no surprise.

  • Sagrav

    I notice that you make a distinction between your husband’s liberal colleagues and the Christians attending this club. Do you mean to say that no liberal can qualify as Christian? How was your husband so sure of the club members’ political convictions? Was the club associated with a religious organization? If so, do you understand how non-religious individuals would avoid such an organization, despite it’s stated goals?

    So many questions left unanswered, but that’s ok. I know that you and your husband post articles like this not to encourage useful discussion or to enact positive change in our society. You also aren’t really trying to convert anyone to your conservative viewpoint since no one has ever been convinced to change their entire worldview by insulting insinuations and condescension. You are just trying to score political points, so here you go: +10 conservative points. Congratulations! You’ve achieved level 57 Evangelical Republican.

    • Joshua James Postema

      I’d argue that being a modern liberal and a Christian are contradictory notions.

      Her post helps to confirm this. Your comment does as well.

      • ThisIsTheEnd

        Christians sure love kicking each other out of the club. How about you do something radical and actually follow the teachings of Jesus and leave to God to decide who is and isn’t a Christian?

        • Joshua James Postema

          Well, there’s this pesky little thing called “doctrine”, that kicks a lot of people out. Its why some of the greatest Theologians in history (even all the way back to the fifth century) decried how churches were full of fake/lukewarm “Christians”.

          God -does- get to decide who is a Christian and who is not. But thankfully, He told us what that entails, so we can know how to become one!

          If you support abortion, infanticide, homosexuality, SSM, scientism, materialism, religious pluralism, universalism, moral relativism, or any number of other “liberal” things, you are in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus and Christianity. It doesn’t matter much what your emotions tell you. It doesn’t matter if you choose to support any of these things anyway. Go ahead! But you’d just be taking steps away from Christianity.

          So again, I reiterate: I believe truly being a -modern liberal- and a -Christian- is impossible. Modern liberalism stands for most of what Christianity has opposed for the last 2000 years. That means the two views contradict each other, and that you can’t do one without not doing the other.

        • Joshua James Postema

          Instead of downvoting my post, could you respond? Perhaps even argue your position with evidence? I would appreciate that more than arbitrary downvotes.

          • ThisIsTheEnd

            Hello Joshua, I didn’t down vote your post.

      • TimN1

        I remember when I first started looking for a church at University as a new Christian of a couple of months, how one elder spent a great deal of time telling me how socialists didn’t become christians. Unfortunately I was (and remain) a socialist and this church was situated in a city with 70% socialist vote (and in an area that was probably nearer 90). It’s blanket statements like these which are purely cultural prejudices that hamper the work of the gospel.

        • Joshua James Postema

          Socialism, as it has been practiced, has produced some of the most awful conditions in human history. Even still, I was referring specifically to socially liberal policy, not economic. I think it is absolutely foolish for a Christian to support an economic system that has been proven to cause dependency and destitution in large amounts, but I -really- can’t understand why a Christian would support a political view that consciously supports immoral behavior (from a Christian perspective).

          Modern liberalism in philosophy is just as bad. Relativism, scientism, and materialism are terrible for people when put into practice. A Christian should oppose it all.

          Argue for an economic system intelligently if you want, but I have a hard time thinking you can make a Christian case for the immorality of modern politically-correct, secular liberalism.

          • ThisIsTheEnd

            Well what a coincidence that the creator of the universe hates the same things that you hate.

          • Joshua James Postema

            It would be more correct to say that I have had to conform the things I hate to the things that he hates. At the expense of friendships and happy feelings.

            Do you hate the same things God hates? Do you love the same things God loves?

          • ThisIsTheEnd

            Yeah that’s a bit more creepier than I expected. And I’m an atheist so no I don’t hate the things God hates or love the same thing God loves. But I’m interested in views different to my own. A trait not commonly held by my fellow homo sapiens I find. OK would you care to explain why God has such a low opinion towards diversity of thought?

          • Joshua James Postema

            I suspect you have misread me. Perhaps we can clear it up.

            By “explain why God has such a low opinion towards diversity of thought”, what do you mean? Specifically, what do you mean by “diversity of thought”?

          • ThisIsTheEnd

            My impression is that you seem to think that there’s only one way to be a Christian and that this is in accordance with God. Since the Christian God desires everybody to be Christian and, according to you, there’s only one type of Christian, then I surmise that your conception of God dislike diversity. By the way I’m from the UK, its midnight here so it’d be a few hours before I reply to your response : )

          • Joshua James Postema

            I didn’t say there is only one “type” of Christian, but what do you mean by that? What “types” of Christians could there be? Would you say there are some things that God would dislike and some things He would like?

        • ThisIsTheEnd

          I sometimes think that the only people who actually understand the gospels are atheists

  • Former Reader

    It was this blog post that lost Patheos’ Evangelical Blog a follower. The continued and sustained attempts by this blog and others associated with Patheos Evangelical to turn liberal/conservative into the new Jew/Gentile have been tiresome and frustrating. Division, herding, black/white thinking, exclusion, etc. are all strategies in a game of “pass the blame, reject the responsibility.” I don’t pretend to know the motivations behind the series of posts with this theme, but it’s a game- and you’ve been played.

    • Joshua James Postema

      Why should our religious beliefs not extend into politics? Should we compartmentalize our faith so that it doesn’t offend people?

    • ThisIsTheEnd

      click bait.