I belong to a newsletter that’s published on line called “Sojourners.” If there was ever a Christian sect that I relate well to, it’s these people. One of their guys wrote a guide about voting ‘God’s Politics’ which basically flies in the face of most conservative Christians because it clearly states that God is not a Republican or a Democrat, but lists issues that are clearly of concern to Him based on what we read about him in the Bible [and it’s not as iron-fisted as many interpret it to be].
Anyway, it’s a good guide. It is well-rounded in the issues that the human race should be concerned about, not just abortion, stem-cell research, gay marriage, and euthanasia.
Things like compassion and economic justice [meaning that people should be able to work and make a decent living, children shouldn’t be poor, extreme poverty must end.
Other concerns: Peace and restraint of violence. We’ve got a President who claims to be a Christian, yet he’s as bloodthirsty as Henry the VIII. That’s almost an oxymoron, since I think Jesus was closer to being a peacenik than a warmonger.
Consistent Ethic of Life: Reduce abortion, but not only by legislation. We should be enabling women to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place and if there is an unwanted pregnancy, we have an obligation to offer the woman a viable alternative to abortion, eh? I mean telling a woman that abortion is wrong, so she shouldn’t have one, but then abandoning her to deal with the pregnancy/baby on her own is just as wrong as encouraging her to ‘terminate’ when she doesn’t want to.
We also have a responsibility to end genocide, regardless of where it’s happening, or to what race of people, and most especially it should have nothing to do with what natural resources or wealth that country holds. I can’t even describe how horrified I am at the fact that our country picks and chooses who it wants to defend based on how rich they are. That is pure evil in my view, and I think our president has hit that one more than once, eh?
Racial Justice: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
Isn’t it interesting that so many “Christians” find stuff in the Bible to justify racism when it clearly states that prejudice for any reason is wrong and decidedly non-Christian? Hmm. It’s plain to see that if our country lived by this principle that the Katrina disaster would never have happened. Rich people would have picked up a few poor people before they fled New Orleans, eh?
Conservative Christians love to talk about how this country was founded on Christian principles, and yet we pick and choose which principles are most important. It disgusts me, can you tell?
The brochure goes on to talk about Human rights, dignity and gender justice, strengthening families and renewing culture [by strengthening marriage and families, but also through restoring integrity to civic and business practices, and preventing violence…] Good stewardship of God’s creation [which means taking care of our planet, that’s another thing the Religious right scoffs at which makes no sense to me].
It’s a PDF, which always slows my computer down to a crawl, but it’s worth reading. You can download it free and print it off if you want. I want to hand it out to the people in my church just to remind them that we can’t just look at one or two issues and decide on a candidate. That’s how our current president got voted in, and it was a horrible mistake. He may be a good man, but his stand on many of the most important issues is so skewed that our country is in worse shape now than it was five years ago.
We’ve lost sight of what’s important in our country, and my prayer is that we wake up before we’ve destroyed ourselves and everyone else on the planet.