I’ve read a lot of my Christian friend’s notes about politics and, being from the deep south, they of course have established the political right with being “right” as in “right and wrong”. I have even received emails and messages from people who would not claim to believe in God urging me to vote Republican because it’s “what Jesus would do”. Frankly, I want to be more responsible with my soul than to let nominal beliefs or structures to rule my actions. Not only do I want to know why I believe what I believe, I want to make sure that my actions are a result of that – not the influence of other people!
As a Christian, I want to remind my friends (as I’m due for a check myself) that our ultimate goal is to love. Love our neighbors. Love the unborn. Love the people in Iraq. Love the homeless. Love the children. Love people of the other political party. Love the women who have abortions. Love the soldiers that murder the people in Iraq – as well as the people who kill the soldiers. Love the people who make life hard for the homeless. Love the wayward fathers and cynical teachers.
This is such an impossible standard, yet it is our standard! I understand that we will not be perfect – something I’m grateful for – but I want perspective. I want to bypass having a few “hot button” issues rule my thoughts. The world is much bigger, and deserves much more consideration than that.
This election is about much more than hot button issues. The fact is, evil is everywhere. You cannot escape it by putting a particular candidate in office.
I am hoping that as followers of Christ we will be able to set aside our political agendas and look at the big picture. All of us need to pray as to what God would have us do. It’s wrong to kill a baby in a doctor’s office. It’s wrong to kill a person in war. It’s wrong to prefer greed to sacrifice for the common good.
I hate that as smart as my Christian friends are, we are not solving problems by thinking about the issues that plague us. Abortion is not the end of the scope. There is genocide going on in world as I type this. Why are we complaining about our tax dollars when much of Africa doesn’t have water to drink?
Praise God for Compassion! I’m glad that at the times I’ve needed it from other people I’ve received it, and I pray that when the time comes I’ll be able to give as I’ve received. He who loves much has been loved much.