Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Is God liberal or conservative?

So, in answering the question "Is God conservative or liberal?" the authors of answer it this way:
As recorded in the Old Testament, God revealed His Law to ancient Israel. Comprised of commandments, statutes, judgments and precepts, God’s Law evidences His viewpoints on a wide range of civic, social, environmental and other issues.
In revealing the Ten Commandments to the Israelites (Ex. 20:1-17), God established that there is right and wrong behavior. He also explained there are penalties—swift punishment!—when one breaks His laws (Lev. 26:14-39). All this would seem to align God’s views with traditional conservative ideas.
On the other hand, God also explains that He is merciful and gracious (Psa. 116:5). He promises to bless and care for those who heed Him (Deut. 28:1-14). He also says that He watches over the poor, widows, orphans and foreigners among His people. This would seem to place Him strongly in the camp for the “social justice” Christians.
I agree with this entire answer until we get to "on the other hand."  You see, the author here is assuming the conservatives don't care for the poor, which is  not true.  Conservatives believe that by getting the government out of the way everyone will be better off in the long run, including the poor, especially the poor.

So, if you're going to say that God is liberal because liberals care for the poor and conservatives do not, your argument does not work.