Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Is Mitt Romney More Deeply Conservative Than Obvious?

By Rev. Brian Eenigenburg
Holy Instant Christian Church


On the surface it might seem strange that the fiesty conservative magazine "NewsMax" would feature on their cover a candidate formerly known as a "businessman Republican," "pragmatic Republican," or perhaps "independent-leaning Republican" whose history had shown at best little ideological loyalty to bedrock conservative principles.

But wait. Have we not learned we simply cannot judge by surface appearances? And have we not learned God can work in mysterious ways, and God has a plan of salvation for humankind and indeed all earth?

What if there is a principle of conservatism which has nothing to do with the usually talked about "conservative issues?" What if there is a deeper principle of conservatism which says a man guided not only by his intellect, but by his spirit, deserves and earns support even if he doesn't really want to be a leader on an ego level?

What if there is a deeper principle of conservatism which says a man guided by his spirit can find himself changing his intellectual conclusions ... and that kind of willingness, that kind of "teachability," is a quality of a great leader?

What if there is a deep principle of conservatism which says we are all in this together and we naturally and gladly support a leader who can not only feel our pain, but is capable of feeling far deeper than our pain and joining with us on a spiritual level?

Mitt Romney might say his religion, Mormonism, has helped him to be in touch with his spirituality. Others will question the surface teachings of his religion but rejoice that Romney is blessed to be in touch with his spirituality. Maybe there is a very deep principle of conservatism which says regardless of how it was achieved it is a person's spirituality that counts for everything.