I'm frustrated by the single-issue politics that I see Christians engaging in. As if one issue is more important than any other. As if one sin (or two sins) are greater than any other. Pure and simple, let me break it down: sin is sin. God hates sin. Sin is what separates us from God. It's doing what you know God doesn't want you to do and NOT doing what you know He does. Ergo, (and yes, this is radical so brace yourself), murder is sin, yes, but no better or worse than any other sin, like for instance desecrating God's creation by not taking care of it. Yes, you heard me... I have just stated FOR THE RECORD that killing our world is just as bad a killing babies. Don't get me wrong. I believe that human life is sacred and we're made in God's image and all that jazz... But caring for God's creation goes a long way toward showing how much you respect God. All life is sacred. And that which God created is GOOD.
Now that I've gotten that little rant out of my system, I wanna clear a few random things up:
- Jesus was neither republican nor democrat; He wasn't even American. The chances of Him being WHITE are slim to none. He grew up in the MIDDLE EAST. Furthermore, Jesus was NOT a Christian (as a matter of clarity, He was, in fact, a Jew). Therefore, claiming that you have the market cornered on what Jesus wants either politically or religiously is just plain... ignorant.
- Jesus also said that we would know our brothers and sisters by the fruit they bear. Integrity, compassion, justice for all... they speak volumes.
- Freedom of Religion in our country means freedom of ALL religions, not just Christianity. While I am troubled by the fact that my children can't pray in a public school (and therefore PRACTICE their freedom of religion), I'm not overly bothered by it. Every religion should be treated the same in a country that professes freedom of religion. And (to borrow a phrase from my pastor) "Please hear me": It's my PARENTAL responsibility to teach my children about God and how to talk to Him/Her. It is NO ONE else's, not the school's and not the church's.
- Separation of Church and state is not a constitutional concept. The phrase was (I believe) coined in a personal document (a letter?) that Thomas Jefferson wrote. This means that it is NOT a constitutional right to have a separation... However, we are NOT a CHRISTIAN nation. If we are going to profess to constitutionally provide freedom of religion, we can't have our government aligning with any particular religion -- including our personal favorite.
- Jesus told us to CARE for orphans and widows. He admonished Peter to "feed my sheep." The Acts church shared everything and made sure that not one of them was in need for anything. That sounds like a socialist society to me. Granted it was the church. And when the church steps up and does its job as it should, we won't need the government to do so. In the meantime, however, it IS the government's job to manage the economy, to maintain a balance in its income and its spending budget. It is the government's job to see that the needs of the people it governs are being met. Friends have told me that it's not their responsibility to spend their hard-earned cash to pay for someone else's medical bills. This makes me so sad. I can't imagine those same people saying that to Jesus' face. "Whatever you do to the least of these..."
- The fatal flaw in the "Pro-life" agenda is that the situation is never as black and white as we'd like it to be. Keeping people from killing babies through abortion doesn't take into consideration any of the circumstances, and the LIFE of the mother. I don't wanna see abortions happen either, folks. I cry inside every time I hear about abortions or any abuse to children. HOWEVER, there is so much more to the politics behind the abortion bills (like silly riders that are attached to bills -- which often cause the bills to become multi-layered) and the fact that if there weren't options available to women, in their desperation, many of them would seek unsafe measures. So, let's work on providing them with education and choices and help to guide them to the right choice in LOVE.
I realize I've only begun to scratch the surface of the issues facing Christians today when it comes to our country. All I can say is, please VOTE. Vote your beliefs and passions. Make sure that you research what your candidates stand for. Know which one you can agree with on more issues, and realize that you may be right in your choice or you may be wrong.
Most of you already know who I'm gonna vote for on Tuesday. I don't need you to try to change my mind. I've done the research. I've read both sides of the issues. I've looked into the character and family history of all four of the main players. I've seen enough discord between Christians over silly little issues. I've heard candidates compared to Adolf Hitler (PLEASE; Really?), the Anti-Christ, and whatever evil persona you wanna put in here.
Can we please just agree to use our brains and our ability to discern (that GOD has placed within each of us), and pray that we will -- with an open mind -- be guided to make the right choice?
And no matter who wins this election, it is our responsibility to pray for guidance and wisdom for them... whether we like them or not.