Op-ED: Conserving Our Faith
Conserving our Faith
September 19th, 2019
The Judeo-Christian faith has been a pillar of conservatism since its conception. It not only acts as our moral compass, but our faith challenges us every day to accept the things we cannot change and stand up to the malice of darkness. Our faith manifests in us with empathy but also with conviction in the same way Jesus Christ had compassion for the sinner but never for the sin. It is why Jesus embraced sinners and also why he topped the tables of the money changers at the temple.
And with that same vigor, we must go forth and accept the sinner but never the sin. We must welcome with warmth all those who step into our church while also leaving no room for pride, gluttony, lust, and many other vices.
Unfortunately, there have been many compromises among some Christian churches with decreasing attendance. Among them, churches who accept the sinner and the sin into its ranks. Sins that deconsecrate the sanctity of marriage like adultery, abortion, and homosexuality.
T.D. Jakes, who is a Christian Pastor, said that “The church should have the right to have its own convictions and values.” This statement is troubling as the definition of Christianity relies heavily on following Christ and his teaching rather than one’s own. In the same Huff Post interview, Bishop Jakes claims the Church’s view on LGBT is evolving.
From removing “in God we trust” in the US pledge of allegiance to shortening Christmas to Xmas, It is evident that our ability to exercise faith publicly is on the chopping block. And because we are endowed with certain unalienable rights like faith, we should hold fast to our core beliefs that make us good conservatives. Among those beliefs is the belief that God created men and women to be fruitful and multiply, Genesis 1:28.
Latinos and Latin Americans are known universally to be faithful to the roots of Christianity, especially when it comes to traditional marriage, nuclear family structure and of course, being fruitful in the process. And it is up to us to maintain the standard by honoring our beliefs without ‘ evolving’ to suit modern perversions.
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About the Author:
Javi C. is a Dominican immigrant from The Bronx that has been advocating for veterans, immigrants, and conservative Bronxites for the past six years. He earned a B.A. from John Jay College and often enjoys running and attending baseball games. You can follow his latest storytelling project on Instagram by following RightatthefØrk.