Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lunatic Left-Wingers vs. Right-Wing Nuts

In America today there is constant bickering. You hear about "lunatic left-wing liberals" from "The Right" and you hear about "raging right-wing nuts " from "The Left". With all of this fighting going on, who gets to be right? Who is the enemy? Who's the good guy?

"The Right" say all kinds of things from the conservative mindset and attack the "Liberals" for what they stand for. If you look at some of what the liberals stand for, in some ways, it's a lot like what Jesus stood for. No really, think about it just for a moment.

Give money to the poor.
Don't say hateful things about other people.
Make peace instead of wage war.
Help those in need.
Don't condemn people who live alternative lifestyles.
Women have an equal place in society.

On the other hand (the "right" hand?), what "The Right" stands for is sometimes contradictory to what Jesus taught.

Be a rugged individual, earn money and you need not share. Others should do the same, fend for themselves.
It's your property, you earned it, keep off.
Freedom of speech baby. It doesn't matter if I offend you or not.

Now I understand that "The Right" has some redeeming qualities too but that's not my point. My point is that even though people on "The Right" may not like to admit it, people that lean a little left may really want to make a difference in the world and that difference may look a little like how Jesus would do it at times.

I think this kind of political divisiveness between Right and Left has no place in Christianity. If, as the Bible says, "our citizenship" is not of this world, but of the kingdom of God then why don't we act like it instead of getting bogged down in the whole "Left/Right" thing? We will miss opportunities to see the beauty of how God can knit us together if people get sucked into this way of thinking.

I go to a church where people vote Democrat because they're Democrats. There are people who vote Republican because they are Republican. Where in the Bible does anyone get to say one is better than the other? It doesn't but people sure are treated that way sometime.

There are people in my church that are pro-abortion. They support a woman's right to choose to have an abortion if she wants one for whatever reason. There are some who are pro-life. I don't care who you are or what political or moral persuasion you are of. Everyone who comes to a church has the right to be accepted, discipled, loved and cared for without being condemned, brow-beaten or mocked.

I'm glad that, even though I live in Massachusetts (typically a "Left" state), I can go to church with all of my Lunatic Left-Wing and Right-Wing Nut friends and we can just be brothers and sisters in the Lord. You can be of the political persuasion of your choice. Just don't drag those dividers into church.

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