Does the Republican Party Need to Change?
Little has changed since a plan was announced a year ago for change in the Republican party. True, the party has made some efforts in reaching out to racial minorities and to gay and women voters, all of which backed the Democratic party nationwide in 2012. But as a whole, according to a recent poll, 32 percent of those surveyed look favorably upon the Republicans compared to a 43 percent favorable rating immediately after the re-election of President Obama. In the same poll, Democrats have a favorable rating of 42 percent , also a lower percentage than a year ago.
In the last year, Republican party heads have set out with new efforts to win over racial and ethnic minorities, hired close to 170 staff on the state level (with more planned hires in the future) and made investments in technology that will better track possible voters The technological efforts stem from a idea that was pioneered by the Republican party and perfected in the last eight years by the Democratic party. New efforts have also been made to reach the Hispanic population on a national level.
However, experts say these changes in structure can only get the Republican party back in the Oval Office if they reach the larger goal of the report: modernize the party, change the course and re-learn the art of appealing to a wider spectrum of people. So far, experts say that goal has not been effectively reached.
The question that the party must really ask themselves right now is this: “Is that a worthwhile goal? Does changing our course really need to be our focus?”
The Republican party is not completely made up of Christians. This much is true. However, one easily argue that the party more closely represents beliefs based on scripture then the principles advocated by the Democrats.
Scripture speaks out against abortion. The Republican party platform is pro-life. Scripture speaks out against the lifestyle of homosexuality. Republicans oppose gay marriage. Scripture tells us that if one does not work, then one does not eat. Republicans advocate the same principle in their cries for welfare reform.
There is nothing wrong with any of those principles. These ideas are not only grounded in the Christian faith (which by the way is the same faith on which our country was founded), they make sense.
Yes, it is true that many who run under the Republican party banner do not live out these principles in their lifestyle. Some have been caught in homosexual encounters. Some have paid for abortions . Many have been involved in extra-marital affairs.
This article is not about the individuals but the party as a whole. Many in the Republican party may need to change but that does not mean the party needs to restructure. Does the party need more minority voters, more women voters? Certainly. Should these voters be gained as the result of a compromise in principles? Certainly not.
Consequences from a society that becomes increasingly permissive can be quite severe. Eventually, the United States of American will have to follow the biblical example of the Children of Israel. When consequences for disobedience became harsh, biblical Israel repented, turned their face back to God and pledged obedience to his principles. This happened more than once.
It is time for it to happen again in America. Hopefully, that time is soon. When it comes, then hopefully there is still a party in place clinging to biblical principles. A party that voters will return to by the droves. The Republican party does not really need to change. Change will find it.
By Rick Hope