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Political Manifesto…or just words

In Encouragement, Somewhat disjointed rant..., Thoughts on Christianity on October 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

(An edited and expanded version of an FB post of mine)

I have recently been very disturbed and disappointed by the social media words of fellow Christians. Particularly, some of the opinions of Christians regarding the upcoming presidential election are dismaying. Now, I don’t claim to speak for all Christians. I am, however, speaking for my own understanding of Christianity based on….welllll, based on my relationship with Jesus and the words of the Bible.

First, I believe that politics often distracts us from the real issues. I’m saying that WHATEVER issues the media is telling us are important are likely NOT the key issues. Equality is what matters. What matters is that America is a nation founded on the principle that every person should have the chance, regardless of nature or choice, to reach his/her full potential. Period. Each person is entitled to his or her beliefs regarding abortion and same sex marriage. My point is this: how does the occurrence of either one affect your personal beliefs? I have never had an abortion, and would not choose to get one if it could at all be avoided. My personal choice, however, is not changed by another woman making a different choice.

Having a law that bans abortion (or anything else) will not make life better. We don’t get brownie points in the Book of the Lamb if these laws get passed. I love these words from Galatians 3

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse,as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”

Second, for those of you contemplating not voting in the upcoming election: REALLY? SERIOUSLY? America is great and is becoming greater as our citizenry becomes more diverse. Your failure to vote is not some sort of personal protest; it is rather one less vote in ballot box.

Third, for those of you contemplating voting for or not voting for POTUS Obama because of his race: REALLY? SERIOUSLY? Neat-o. So glad to know that things have changed so much since the Civil War. Moreover, good job on doing your research about a candidate’s stance on key issues. I’m sure because your race matches your candidate’s race that your beliefs and his match completely. Life works that way. All the time.

Fourth, for those of you waiting for your church to tell you which way to vote: REALLY? SERIOUSLY? I read these words once: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Your vote is yours; the government is His. Believe me, the Good Lord is not going to snatch back your salvation based on the candidate for whom you vote.

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