Since it’s the day after the American election, I decided it would be fairly appropriate to write a political entry. Fun! I tend to stay out of political debates because I feel unqualified to make any arguments. I don’t like being dogmatic about anything I’m not absolutely sure about, and I’m not absolutely sure about a lot of things. But I’ve decided I can at least have an opinion, and that opinion deserves to be heard just as much as anybody’s. So here goes.
I am a Christian. I am a Christian and I voted Obama. I am a Christian and I proudly voted Obama. (Now, I would have rather voted Ron Paul, but I actually wanted my vote to count.) I am so sick of hearing Christians say it’s morally wrong to vote Democrat. Not all of them do, but enough do that I think the issue needs to be addressed. I’m pretty sure most who hold that position would take it back if they actually stopped to think about what they’re promoting.
Throughout the past few months, I have actually heard people say the following: the Republican party brings Godly virtues to America by restricting immoral practices that the Democratic party supports (abortion and homosexuality are the two main ones). They say if you don’t vote to keep these things illegal then you’re not standing up for your Christian beliefs. Most disturbingly, they say that God will only bless America if we have a Republican president, because heaven forbid we have a president who doesn’t try to get Roe v. Wade overturned.
I just don’t understand how those people can say such things and think they’re following Christ. America isn’t God’s appointed nation. America is an earthly nation that happens to have a large so-called Christian population. We, my brothers and sisters, are brought together as the Body of Christ (I apologize to those who didn’t grow up in church for using “church terms,” please bear with me), and the Body of Christ has no nation. I will live my life in as Godly a way as I can, and I will continue to rely on the Lord for that. I don’t need a “Christian” government to do that. Why do we assume we need to hold non-Christians to the standards we hold for ourselves?
After examining the Bible and what it says about these issues—(which is not as clearcut, easy to understand as Christians tend to automatically think, mostly because they’d rather sit in a pew and have them told what they believe rather than look it up for themselves and see what it really says)—after examining the Bible, you may still think abortion is wrong, you may still think homosexuality is wrong….but in God’s name don’t you dare try to turn that into justification for blanket laws that take away a person’s rights as a human being and a citizen of America. Because, guess what, not everyone in America is a Christian, and even among Christians those issues are blurry. And those laws aren’t going to make any converts.
There were so many other issues that needed to be considered in this election, and I got thoroughly sick of pastors telling their congregations to vote McCain just because of Obama’s stance on abortion.
I realize I’m probably making myself very unpopular among my Christian friends right now, and I apologize for that. But I cannot and will not (and did not) vote for a foreign policy, economic plan, and environmental stance that I severely disagree with on the sole basis of a single ethics issue that really shouldn’t be part of the president’s job, anyway.
I’m not saying no one is justified in voting Republican. If you truly believe in the overall policies of the candidate, you should vote for him or her. It’s the staying blind to the rest of the political aspects and focusing on a single issue that bothers me. It’s also the assumption that a certain candidate is God-endorsed and anyone who votes for the other side must not be a real Christian.
I read an article that attempted to rebut Dianne Feinstein’s argument that California’s Prop 8 is discrimination, and it actually further solidified my support for legalizing gay marriage because of the ridiculous faux-logic it used. But I have already written more than I intended, so maybe I’ll just send it (and my thoughts about it) to anyone who asks. For those who aren’t in the know: Proposition 8 was supposed to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
I wrote the majority of this at the beginning of the week, because I knew it would take me a significant amount of time. That made it even more interesting to finish up after the results of the election. And so I get to sit at my computer and breathe a sigh of relief as I type this. I really hope America has taken a step for the better, and I also really think we have.
You may have noticed I didn’t go into any detail on my political views. That’s because I don’t like talking about them, I prefer sitting back and listening to what everyone else has to say. But this “Screw the socialist, I’m a gun-totin’, Bible-thumpin’ American for McCain/Palin!” attitude that’s been so prevalent in my neck of the woods has been so irritating, I had to get my frustration out somehow. Seriously, how can you go around saying brash things like that, and then wonder why people cringe at the term “Christian”? Yes, Christ is always going to be controversial, because His ways are not our ways, but that doesn’t give you the license to make His name the basis for your prejudices. His message was one of love, and caring for the less fortunate. What about “I’ll keep my freedom, my guns, and my money—you can keep the change” says, “Jesus loves you”?
Okay, rant over. Well, in blog form, anyway.
-Rachange for the better