CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, is a gathering of like-minded conservatives the nation over once per year. The usual suspects give speeches: Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin. They bash liberals and rally ’round the conservative agenda.
But there was a new voice joining the chorus this year. GOProud, a “gay conservative” group, was in attendance. A man opposed to them, named Ryan Sorba, was allowed to speak. He spent the short time given him chastising the conference for allowing the GOProud crowd to attend. He was booed off the stage by the conference attendees, and labeled a crazy homophobe.
You’d think he had been speaking at the Democratic National Convention.
Obviously there are many facets to conservatism: strong national defense, limited government, traditional moral values (social conservatism). If a gay person, who believed in strong national defense and limited government, wanted to attend the conference, I would have no problem with it. Conservatives believe in personal liberty and responsibility, after all. But, when an organized group attends, whose main identity and cause is in direct opposition to one of the basic tenets of conservatism (social conservatism) by supporting gay marriage, then I have an issue. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Either conservatives must reject this group, or abandon their socially conservative principles.
It looks like a tactic to subvert modern American conservatism from within, if you ask me. I consider myself a conservative because it is the closest political affiliation (in spirit) to what I have faith in, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If the church I attended began to oppose itself, its founding principles (the scriptures), and ordained gay ministers or performed gay marriages, I would find myself a new church.
As a Christian, social conservatism is at the top of my priorities list. What good is working on fiscal and foreign policy issues to save a nation that has abandoned is moral traditions, corrupted socially within?
If this is the future of modern American conservatism, then there is no room for Christians in American politics anymore. Perhaps it would be for the best. Instead of looking for an answer from the political system, we’d be more interested in the solution found in Revelation 22:20:
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”