I hate this election. It’s splitting the nation, houses, families. My husband, who is not voting because he hates the two party system, is predicting riots in the cities if the race is close and Obama doesn’t win, and I can’t say I don’t agree. My blame goes to the racist attacks of the Right Wing-the portion that preaches Jesus out of one side of their mouths, and division and hatred out of the other.
I’ve never been a political junkie before this race, but since Obama won the primary I’ve had CNN on every day (and MSNBC at night only to switch back to CNN for the second Anderson Cooper’s 360 loop). I tried Fox just to get some balance but my husband would have to buy a tv a week because of the things I would throw at them.
Back to what I was saying.
Eight years ago I left the institutional church (IC). It was a non denominational pentecostal church that was putting on it’s then 1 million dollar addition(-and now totals 10 million). I left because I had realized that it was empty, even though every seat was full twice on Sunday. To understand the depth of that statement, know that I had been raised in church. I’d been a faithful attender since I was three-my mother had been a part of the Jesus Movement and I had gone to every stadium filled Jesus concert with her and her BFF. She even played guitar with one of the bands. 🙂 Church was my LIFE. But as I got older, I had some questions that no pastor wanted to answer.
If we are to love our brothers as ourselves, why do we preach hate against homosexuals?
If we are to love our brothers as ourselves, why do you preach against being friends with non Christians?
If we are to love our brothers as ourselves, why do you preach against interracial marriage?
If we are to love our brothers as ourselves, why do you preach against women being the full partner in a marriage?
If we are to love our brothers as ourselves, why won’t you let the woman with bleached hair, ragged nails and an eyebrow piercing sing with the worship team?
Continuing in this vein, why does the Right Wing, who professes conservative Christianity, endorse Sarah Palin? She is preaching discord (Pro America-thus making some areas Anti American), thinly veiled racisim (allowing racist threats to be yelled and smiling when she hears them-watch the footage) and xenophobia (he’s different than us).
Is that what Jesus would do?
BUTBUTBUT Obama believes in abortion, they preach from the pulpit! He’s a socialist!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m staunchly pro life and I have the seven kids to prove it. But I cannot say that I’m pro life and then erase that statement by supporting torture, an unjust war that has killed not only over 4000 of our troops, but wounded over 100k others and then there’s the Iraqies. (I’m again reminded of Mark Twain’s War Prayer)
I can’t say that I’m pro life, and not support healthcare for the least of these. I can’t say that I’m pro life and not support helping the needy. But isn’t that socialisim? No. It’s Christianity in action.
When Jesus had multitudes to feed after preaching, what did he do? He took the child’s lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fishes and distributed it to the hungry.
We, as Christians have a high calling. To walk in our faith.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
You know, Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Faith is not a group, it’s not an institution, it’s not a person. It’s a way of life. I COULD vote for McCain/Palin, but it would be becuase I held one portion of humanity above all others.
The principle of equality. Equality and fairness are not popular words in a capitalistic culture, but Paul believes this is the goal of Christian giving (2 Corinthians 8:13-15). He is not seeking to eradicate all economic differences, but he does want those who have the means to give charitably to those who do not; if the situation were reversed, others would do the same for them (2 Corinthians 8:14). The parallels with Acts 2:44 and 4:34-47 are significant. Ownership and personal rights are not the most important issues when we think about our possessions; the most critical considerations are the needs of others and the kingdom in light of the gift of Jesus (2 Corinthians 8:9). In Acts 4:32 we read, “None of those with possessions claimed them as their own, but they had everything in common.” The result in Acts 4:34, that there were “no poor among them,” was the result Paul intended in this situation. Ironically, the funds he was collecting were going to the church that practiced such care for those in need (Acts 2, 4 and 6). In fact, that church probably had exhausted all of its resources, in part through generous care for those in their midst in need. Christians today must carefully study and wholeheartedly imitate the commitment of Jesus, Paul and Scripture to care for the poor and suffering. The principle of equality means that we pay careful attention to injustices and to the absence of necessities around the world. If we have been blessed with more than the essentials, we must commit ourselves to alleviating the material needs of others around the corner and around the world. This applies not only to material necessities such as food and medicine, but also to spiritual necessities and resources (Romans 15:27): Do we share the relative wealth of spiritual benefits and education with our under-resourced brothers and sisters? Let us follow the example of Jesus and Paul by giving generously to the spiritual and material needs of people throughout the world..
There is always Hope. We can come together, as one people, and transform this nation. Our God is big enough for miracles.
If there were no poor among us, I believe there wouldn’t be a fight over abortion, becuase it would be almost non existant. So there’s my sermon of the day. Go in Peace, Children of God. 😉