The Left, for its part, offers an appeal to moral virtue: it’s better to pay more in taxes and to share the burdens of a community. It’s kinder, gentler, more compassionate, more equitable. Unfortunately, as recent European election results demonstrate, nothing makes a citizen more selfish than socially equitable communitarianism: once a fellow’s enjoying the fruits of government health care and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest; he’s got his, and if it’s going to bankrupt the state a generation hence, well, as long as they can keep the checks coming till he’s dead, it’s fine by him. “Social democracy” is, it turns out, explicitly anti-social.
This works out spiritually the same way. Why make such a big ruckus over departures from Scripture when you can still worship the way you want to while you live? It’s a problem for a younger generation to tackle. Much like Hezekiah upon receiving news his sons would go into captivity for his show-all to the Babylonians: “‘The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.’ For he thought, ‘Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?'” Never mind his sons would be taken away and made eunuchs in the Babylonian king’s palace. As long as he wasn’t troubled.