The reason I can no longer stand for the Republican party (with their “religious right”-ness and their faces painted red) is because they are exploiting the Christians. We owe the biggest apology to rest of the world because we preach love – the greatest commandment and the Right’s actions are completely out of sort with that. They want to force “Christian values” upon the rest of the nation: abortion, marriage, war, even death (euthanasia) and health care, and they will gladly and willingly use the government to put people under the stone cold condemnation of THEIR OWN law, all the while screaming about separation of church and state. The Right is doing this under a Christian guise and while they want to enforce their laws upon the masses, they want their pocket books all to themselves!
Dear Internet savvy people and blog readers, I am so sorry I have been the person I described above. I am working on becoming different. There is no excuse for my past behavior and it brings me sorrow. I was wrong. Please forgive me.
It is horrifying to see Christians just fall in line and spout off the same rhetoric – involving fear tactics and irrational assumptions – trying to influence the rest of the Body of Christ to do the same.
I’m not just trying to get people to think. I want us to think critically! Think about why people are different. Why they want things. Why they think their solutions are workable. Let’s get to know (and LOVE) our neighbors and maybe we will come to understand their needs and how to help them!
There are definite absolutes, but the world is not black and white! And we can take comfort in the knowledge that what we think the truth is has no effect on what the truth actually is! We seem so unbelievably arrogant when we act as if we’ve got a monopoly on truth. If we believe a lie, it’s still a lie. If something is true and we don’t believe it to be true, it’s still true! Our belief system is not what creates truth! We MUST keep open minds, willing to hear criticism and challenges.
I think, because I’ve been that kind of person before, that it’s easy to be arrogant when you’ve never really messed up BIG TIME and had to be saved from something you knew you couldn’t get out of by yourself. I thank God that He let me become something horrifying so that I would never forget who I become without Him. I thank Him for letting me see that grace is sufficient and very relevant for today’s world. I am very grateful that He has given me friends many different places and perspectives in life so that I can always be reminded of how it feels to be on the outside looking in on other Christian’s who seem to have it all figured out.
Lord, help us. It’s no wonder there are those who run from us screaming.
Oh, Jesus, come quickly and set up your kingdom! In the meantime, teach us how to genuinely love you and love others.