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When Did Being Conservative Become a Dirty Word?

The book definition of conservative is being averse to change or innovation by holding traditional values. Without adding another word, I can visualize the Amish who reside in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Yet, this term is often used today in the context of politics. Conservatism is a social philosophy promoting traditional institutions in the context of culture and civilization. However, when the media wants to discredit a new member of Congress or an up and coming politician, they are often labeled as “too conservative.”

So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word, Hebrews 10:23.

Instead of debating this stereotype, many individuals labeled as conservative have refused to fight this stigma. Perhaps, people take this comment as a badge of honor. Yet, this acceptance and refusal to defend their position have enabled members of the media to dismiss their opinions as too extreme. Whether planned or unplanned, over the past 40 years being conservative has developed a negative connotation. Subsequently, anyone who holds to biblical commands, principles and views today have been labeled as dangerous, extreme, and radical.

But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. 22 Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22.

Whenever you fail to engage your adversaries and opponents, you become powerless to change the narrative. Over the last several decades, Christians leaders have either become afraid of sharing their faith or their voices has been silenced by the press. Rather than show these clips on television, more liberal and progressives politicians continues to take their places. Thus, even when a conservative stands up for their beliefs in a concise and strong manner, their comments are conveniently edited and omitted from nightly broadcasts. All of these components have caused being conservative to become a dirty word.

by Jay Mankus

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