Given yesterday's post, "Liberals Hate God," I thought I should appear "fair and balanced."
Many conservatives want to conserve true religion. I won't say they hate God. The aspects of true religion which conservatives want to conserve are precisely what liberals want to exterminate.
But too many conservatives are neo-conservatives, and are therefore like the Pharisees in Jesus' day, who wanted to conserve their traditions but hated God when He walked among them.
The link to "neoconservatives" above gives evidence that many conservatives also hate God, in that they hate "the least of these" -- which is to hate Jesus Himself -- and do not extend hospitality toward them. Hatred of foreigners is a hatred of the God who created them all, and a denial of pure religion (James 1:27).
Conservatives err when they seek to conserve a past which was based on the traditions of men, instead of advancing forward in the direction charted by the commandments of God:
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Too many Conservatives also seem to be united in their support of the wars of the U.S. federal government, whereas God wants us to beat our swords into plowshares.
Overall, the differences between "conservative" and "liberal," and "left" and "right" are smoke and mirrors, designed to keep people divided and unable to resist the federal leviathan.
Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.
That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
2 Kings 22:2
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Mankind has certainly made progress toward "liberty under God," and then at times rebelled against that progress. It is not inappropriate during times of cultural rebellion to look back with fondness on that prior progress. But our goal should not be to conserve the past, or return to the past, but to advance ever boldly against evil and toward the City of God.