After I got deeply involved in the Tea Party movement, I mentioned that to a leader in my church. He seemed surprised–and not in a good way. Some time later, he confirmed my suspicion by approaching my wife and asking something along the lines of, “Your husband’s not really serious about this whole Tea Party thing, is he?”
Yes, I am. And my friend should be too.
While the Tea Party isn’t a Christian movement—it welcomes members of all faiths and of no faith—many Christians have found a home and a purpose there. And for good reason. They understand that Big Government is the enemy of religious liberty.
Given the history of America’s founding, this should be obvious to every Christian who lives here. Sadly, though, many don’t see the Big-Government blob expanding in America at a staggering rate, absorbing everything it can in our society, including the church. At some point the blob will grow too big to stop.
We may be there already, but I don’t think so. That’s why I’ve devoted so much time to working through the Tea Party to advance the core principles of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and virtue and accountability. (Not all Tea Parties include the last one, but the Richmond Tea Party—where I volunteer—does. And because I believe it to be critical to the success of the other three, I feel compelled to address it.) A return to these principles is necessary to ensure our nation survives its current crises and ultimately thrives again.
These principles also all align with Biblical teachings; thus, it is now my passion and purpose to convince every Christian I can of this. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be posting about each of the core principles–as well as the Tea Party movement in general–from a Christian perspective in hopes to convince my spiritual brethren who are skeptical of the Tea Party that they actually belong on its front lines. Also–this will come as no surprise–I think an e-book (or a series of them) devoted to this would make an excellent addition to Voices of the Tea Party.
And if I can get my friend to read any of this, maybe next April I’ll spot him waving a Gadsden flag at Richmond Tea Party’s annual Tax Day Rally.
Jon Wakefield is a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party