Conservative Snobbery–Part II

No pictures this time. Just some ponderings.

I mentioned at the end of my last post that politically conservative Christians need to beware of falling into the snobbery trap. I have witnessed some classic examples, but will name no names.

There is the temptation, once a person has achieved a certain status either within the conservative movement or within government itself to let that achievement change his/her character. The perks of notoriety or position are hard to resist. Everyone needs to wait upon you and do whatever you say. It feels good to, in essence, snap your fingers and watch people move. After a while, if one is not careful, the attitude becomes that of entitlement: I deserve to have all my needs met by my underlings.

When this happens, one no longer is a witness for Christ. The world now revolves around this “special” person who is God’s mighty instrument of the hour. Pride dominates, and God becomes a means to a particular end–the advancement of the “special” person.

Watching this happen made me rather cynical for a short period. Even while I was teaching students for the purpose of placing them in public policy positions, I began to doubt the wisdom of doing so. Would they change? Would they become self-important and lose the vision that God had originally given them? I shook off this feeling eventually when the Lord reminded me that not everyone succumbs to the temptation, and that much good can be done through those who keep their motives right.

We all need to remember these words of wisdom:

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. (I Cor. 1:26-29)