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Changing America

By Cal Thomas · Nov. 13, 2012

“The color of the world is changing day by day.” – “Les Miserables,” the musical

A look at the electoral map indicates the Republican Party won in square miles. Unfortunately for them, electoral votes, not landmass, won President Obama a second term. Analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that total spending on federal elections would peak at nearly $6 billion, an all-time record. This spending included ads that carpet bombed swing states; yet we are still an almost equally divided nation. But America is rapidly changing.

Historically, the losing party turns introspective and asks itself how to attract more voters. Some Republicans are suggesting that social issues be jettisoned and the GOP should become more like Democrats. Why, then, have two parties? Step one in a reform agenda would be to remove “old” from the GOP moniker.

Conservatives can adapt to the cultural shift without compromising their principles, or they can retreat into a bunker mentality, lobbing rhetorical ordnance from previous generations, which has little power to persuade young people today.

America is getting younger, but not wiser. We are increasingly secular, less interested in sacrifice and, apparently, we have more faith in government. I doubt that many people under 40 have ever served in the military, or even know anyone who has. The old “family values” appeal no longer works because for too many younger people the family they value doesn’t resemble the one older Americans recognize.

And there’s something else. The campaign against same-sex marriage is over. Maine, Maryland and Washington state became the first states to approve gay marriage by popular vote. Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban it. Six other states – New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia grant same-sex marriage licenses. The Supreme Court might soon hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman. Conservatives might want to focus on strengthening their own marriages.

With Mitt Romney winning just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote, Republicans need a new strategy to attract Hispanics whose values mirror those held by conservatives.

Democrats appeal to human nature. They know a growing number of people are becoming addicted to government. Democrats know that envy and greed are “deadly sins” that can be exploited for political gain. A new generation of have-nots needs to be taught that having not today doesn’t mean never having, and that if they embrace a set of principles and emulate successful people, those now without much can earn a slice of an expanding American pie.

Now some advice for my distraught conservative evangelical friends. You made a valiant effort for the last three decades, hoping politics would advance another Kingdom, which your Leader said is “not of this world.” Don’t retreat; enlist in a better army with better weapons.

The One you follow demonstrated a power superior to the state, the power to change lives. Employ that power. Each church and religious institution, each individual, can find one poor family and ask if they want out of their circumstances and are willing to work for it, if a path is offered. One example: If a parent wants a child out of a failing public school, offer them financial help in placing the child in a good private school.

Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting prisoners, and caring for widows and orphans is not a social gospel that replaces God with government. That’s the view of the religious left. Rather, these behaviors serve the ultimate purpose of reaching the heart where real change takes place. And enough changed hearts lead to changed cultures.

The government beast is starved when people become independent of it. This will require a transfer of faith in government, to faith in an Authority higher than the state and a Leader more powerful than any president.

It will take time and investment of private resources, but it works and the results would be worth celebrating. We the people can still change the country in ways politics and governments never have and never will.

© 2012 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

10 Comments

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

You've made some excellent points, Cal, especially in regard to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Savior was radical and fanatical for HIS TIME, visiting Earth. He was and is, the MASTER of HEARTS and MINDS---"Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice, and opens the door, I will enter in, and dine with him." Revelation 3:20: Christ is always at our hearts door---gently knocking-what is our response to the MASTER???"The government beast is starved when people become independent of it!" Excellent line Cal. LOL.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

Cal Thomas: "Now some advice for my distraught conservative evangelical friends. You made a valiant effort for the last three decades, hoping politics would advance another Kingdom, which your Leader said is "not of this world." Don't retreat; enlist in a better army with better weapons."

Amen and amen! In trying to save the Republic, Christians have all but lost the Kingdom.

In his retirement speech, Dr. James Dobson declared that we have lost the culture wars. The question is: "Why?" Because, as valiant an effort as Dobson and others have made, they've only been lopping at the individual branches of the corrupt tree, while at the same time watering it's roots.

We will never win the culture wars until we cut the tree down at its roots--that is, the humanistic (per the Preamble), antichristian (per Article 6), and polytheistic (per Amendment 1) U.S. Constitution. Ask yourself: If the framers had expressly established the Republic upon Yahweh's :immutable morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments, would infanticide, sodomy, Islam, and a number of other abominations be tolerated, let alone financed by the government, today? Only if as society we rejected those same laws. But because the framers rejected those laws, society didn't need to reject them, they just needed to follow suit, and, thus, the reason we are where we are today.

This is the cutting edge issue for us today. For the sake of yours and my posterity, join me in the one battle that will ultimately make a difference. Begin by taking our Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a free copy of the 85-page "Primer" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christians Perspective."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Norm in Galena, Missouri replied:

Ted, you've hit the nail right on the head with your comments in favor of God's Perfect Law system vs. man's (We the People) failing Constitutional system. Your Primer is an excellent introduction to help understand these many Biblical concepts for True Liberty... in Christ! Thank you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Holmes Simons in Tampa said:

Mr. Thomas, you are a senile dumbbutt. You and your lily-livered contemporary journalists do not even understand what America is. What it is not is the demographic statistics that only idiots obsessed with party politics would attempt to use as a basis for any conclusion whatsoever. Unless the 50% who support the subversive, undocumented jerk in the WH can muster the guts and numbers to amend the Constitution, America cannot be changed. I don't care if every old greasy-hair writer has another opinion. If you cannot recognize that Obama is a traitor and lend your support to his immediate prosecution, you are so out of touch with reality that you will likely need a hoveround to circumvent the piles of BS you have accumulated during your ridiculous career in journalism. Failure to expose treason by employees of the federal government, whom who you obviously worship, makes you no less guilty of the same crime against America as they.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

James in VA replied:

@Holmes - respectfully, you completely misunderstood Cal's article. You could not have misunderstood it more. Cal is talking about people putting their faith in God and not in government. Please take the time to re-read the article.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

rippedchef in sc replied:

uhhh-did I miss something??

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

John Englehutt in Canada said:

"The government beast is starved when people become independent of it. This will require a transfer of faith in government, to faith in an Authority higher than the state and a Leader more powerful than any president."

Indeed, Mr. Thomas--faith in the Triune God of Scripture must replace the current prevailing faith of Left and Right that Civil Government is the be-all-and-end-all. It is NOT. We must indeed place ourselves, our families, and our churches, under the dominion of the One True God and seek to obey Him on EVERY ISSUE in ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER HE HAS COMMANDED US. Winning or losing a political battle is nothing; it's individual men, families, communities, and culture(all of which we must bring under the dominion of Christ our King) that will really matter long-term. Let us focus not on "saving America" but on advancing the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, for it is in God alone that we must trust, not politics, elections, or the State.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Norm in Galena, Missouri replied:

John - You're right on target with your comments, too!

We need righteous men to fearlessly lead our nation in the direction of Yahweh's Kingdom...

I share an old hymn that we've been singing for many years. I found this song in an old Methodist hymnal -- you won't find it in ANY church hymnals today!

God Send Us Men
Lyrics written 1909 by Frederick J. Gillman (1866-1949)
Published: 1916 / Tune: Kedron, 1799

God send us men whose aim 'twill be
Not to defend some ancient creed,
But to live out the laws of Christ
In every thought and word and deed.

God send us men alert and quick
His lofty precepts to translate,
Until the laws of Christ become
The laws and habits of the state.

God send us men of steadfast will,
Patient, courageous, strong and true,
With vision clear and mind equipped
His will to learn, his work to do.

God send us men with hearts ablaze,
All truth to love, all wrong to hate;
These are the patriots nations need;
These are the bulwarks of the state.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Greg Jackson in Houston, TX replied:

Norm and John, good points. I have the privilege of being a volunteer with Prison Fellowship, working with a group of prisoners nearing parole. Granted, as a Christian program we have a select group of guys, but not only are most of them Believers, they understand the message of personal responsibility, stable marriages, and self-reliance. Without exception, these guys understand they are paying the price for bad choices, selfishness, and refusal to consider the long-term consequences of their actions, and they are unlikely to repeat their course. The longer I work with these guys, the more I see that we can't lead the nation to God, but we can lead one soul at a time. He will take that and multiply it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Robert in Txas said:

All boils down to lust:

II Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM