How Good Conservative Morals Come From Good Bible Morals

I was thinking today of becoming one of those profound politicians who has artfully managed to reconcile his or her impressively firm belief in Bible morals with his or her equally impressive belief in privatizing social security and raising its retirement age, cutting medicare, and all but doing away with medicaid — to say nothing of axing the rest of the social safety net in America.  And lo! I found it downright easy to make the reconciliation — especially, after reading Isaiah 58:

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 58

So, I think now I can see how good conservative morals come from good bible morals.

13 thoughts on “How Good Conservative Morals Come From Good Bible Morals

    • You’re welcome! 🙂 You might want to click on the Isaiah link and read the whole of Isaiah 58. It strongly suggests that God will abandon a nation which does not lift the yoke of its oppressed nor care for its poor. Interesting idea.

  1. Jesus was not a political conservative. In fact, the Communist manifesto “From each according to his ability to each according to give” is based on the books of the Acts of the Apostles.

    The Bible can be used and misused by political conservatives and liberals alike.

  2. It’s not what one reads that matters but how one interprets it to suit oneself. I’M sure our dear conservatives read “do away with the yoke of oppression” as removing the state and all taxes that finance the services to the poor.

    • Paul, that strikes me as exactly how that passage would be interpreted by some of our politicians if we brought it up to them. The other thought that occurred to me was they might read the line, “…not to turn away from your own flesh and blood”, as meaning that we were morally responsible for the well being of only our kin.

  3. This was the scripture that we read every spring as we prepared for the week of prayer and fasting.
    It is one of my favourites, but the fasting that went along with it… not so much. Especially since I am hypoglycemic and heavily involved in sports.
    Of course, we weren’t encouraged to lobby for change that would be beneficial for the groups mentioned. Just to be nice to people while we weren’t eating. Harder than you think.

  4. Maybe “good” conservatives rely on that “flesh and blood” language to draw the net of charity very close. Mind you, when Adam described Eve as “flesh of my flesh”, she was not yet even related to him by marriage. And then Jesus expanded on how people might be of his flesh and blood and therefore of a common flesh and blood. I could go on about the history of Christian charities that have excluded the non-Christian needy or even demanded Protestant prayers, or Catholic prayers, or some other sort of Christian obeisance in exchange for food. That would take us into the debate over whether non-Christians are part of the common flesh. I don’t need to go there to make my point, because the “good” Conservatives, complete with their entanglement with the Christian right, don’t even extend their caritas to less fortunate Christians any more.

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