Letter: Conservatism is in the Bible - in a way

Regarding the recent letter to the editor in Amarillo Globe-News (Letter: The word ‘conservative’ is not in the bible, March 6, amarillo.com), the letter writer is partially correct in that The Bible’s writers were using several different languages - Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek etc.


Hence, similes are more apt to describe conservative versus liberal in multiple languages.

During those times and cultures - patriarchy was the norm. Thus, conservatism was not exactly the aspiration the younger generations desired from their patriarchs. The estate was perceived as blessed if the patriarch was conservative in order to leave an estate for the family.

Proverbs is using the universal father to instruct a son. In those instructions, there are many conservative tenets - do not pledge or borrow, etc.

Overall there is the logic that one must be conservative before generosity occurs. Such is demonstrated by precedent - Joseph, Abraham and Moses. Saving for years of famine is conservative, yet liberal during the famine. Conserving so that you can act as Abraham related to Lot is generous and liberal.

Last but not least is the parable of the prodigal son where the father has conserved in order to be liberally generous with the youngest son. Yes - the word conservative is not in The Bible, but the action is.

Bruce Johnson