That Bad Conservative Feeling
Derbyshire peddles Conservative gloom. “It’s good! You’re supposed to feel bad! We’ve lost! The world is only getting worse!”
He offers us a list of things to bring back the bad feeling. His list is true I think, but he leaves out the premise, the very Conservative/Traditionalist premise, that things cannot improve. That’s the premise I, as a Christian and a Postmillenialist, reject.
I recognize the accuracy of his identifying this attitude as a Conservative attribute, in the Burkean sense of standing athwart history, of supporting yesterday opposing today.
I think this is wrong, from a Christian point of view. The Bible speaks of the triumph of the righteous, the progressive expansion of the kingdom of God, making the world a footstool for his feet. The army of the Christian Church marches into the future.
I am a Conservative only in the modern American political framework. I believe the future will be better than the past. I believe good will win and right will prevail.
Postmillennialism allows us to take on the world with the great and Christian belief that, with the redemptive power of Christ’s blood and the transformation power of the Holy Spirit, good will trump evil.
So stick out your tongue at pessimistic fatalism and engage the world around you! We can change things and we will push forward through all these bad times.
Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.