As a disclaimer, please note that this is a journey. These are thoughts and mental processes on the way, just like everyone else. With that said, I have been bothered, gradually increasing over time, by the naivety of Christians and politics.
What I see is the “conservative, right wing” politicians touting their pro-life horns and screaming out their good Christian ways. One, since when does a righteous Christian ever have to tell anyone? And two, abortion is still legal and will be for quite some time. At some point you can no longer use this as your reasoning for allowing yourselves to be bamboozled. I hear “make fishers of men!” all the while cutting education funding for poles, bait and tackle.
I have seen how socialist democracy works in different countries. People still think for themselves, still go to church, still give to charity all the while their government takes care of a multitude of needs, yet restricts them in many ways. What many Americans fail to recognize is the freedoms we take for granted, or don’t even know we have, so that when slowly those freedoms are taken away from us, we don’t really react. Its like bringing a frog to a slow boil. People become so dependent on the government they lose their dependency on God.
Then there is the all popular tag line, “What Would Jesus Do?” I hear people say-He would vote for the conservative to uphold the values and morals of his Father! Others say, He would be making sure the poor, and unemployed were taken care of!” But the fact of the matter is this. I don’t think He would be doing either of these. My guess is He would skip the polls entirely. He would be too busy embracing the women who just had an abortion, because “we” were too busy name calling and judging them instead out on the streets being God’s hands and feet. The only recollection I have of Jesus saying anything about government is pay what is to Caesar and pay what is to God-or something like that. Meaning-pay your taxes, don’t break the laws and give to God what is owed to Him, your life.
It was asked of Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment?” His response was ” To Love God with all your heart and soul and to love others as you love yourself. ” I have yet to see a correlation in politics.
I have never heard or seen loving political rhetoric. Its like the ultimate oxymoron. So all you facebook friends and other bloggers that will spew your contempt and vehemence, consider yourself hid until after January 2013. There is no room in my heart and mind for it. There is truth in what Ron Paul was quoted as saying in regards to the poor and needy, “Let the church take care of them”. And he is right in the sense that it is the churches job to do that. I was indignant when I first heard it, but now, he is right. Regardless of anything going on in our world and country it is our job, it is our purpose to be the hands and feet of God.
I recently read a quote, and I believe it to be true. Reinhold Niebuhr hit the nail on the head when he said, “The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.” Now I had no idea who Reinhold was, I thought he was some political guy trying to sway one view to another. But he wasn’t. He was a preacher, born in 1892. This I took from Wikipedia: His long-term impact involves relating the Christian faith to “realism” in foreign affairs, rather than idealism, and his contribution to modern “just war” thinking. Niebuhr’s perspective influenced many liberals, who came to support a “realist” foreign policy. Such recent leaders of American foreign policy as Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama have acknowledged Niebuhr’s importance to them.
Ultimately, what I wanted to say was this: please do not be blindly lead by politicians in thinking they will do Gods work for us. It is up to each individual to do what God has intended with the love of God in our hearts and minds and soul. Its the Presidents job to lead a country, its our job to lead the world to Christ.
God Bless America.