It has been a long time since I have felt the urge to write a post because I am so irritated/saddened/disappointed by something. However, the response of many Christians today dealing with the signing of health Care Reform has got me all muddled with thought and emotion. Primarily it is the crazy Republican Christians. You see, I know a whole bunch of Republican christians but very few Christian Republicans…and yes there is a difference. (The same can be said with Democrats, independents, etc…but for tonight I focus on the CRc.)
I have some friends out there whom I love hearing there perspectives on politics. These friends are insightful, passionate, and firm in their beliefs. Friends like Rachel, Nathan, Jenny, and Nader come to mind. We don’t always agree. In fact, a lot of the time we don’t, but the one thing that always stands as a firm foundation is our mutual faith in Christ, the belief in the supremacy of God, and our mutual respect for one another. These people, and several others like them, are my Christian Republic friends. These are the friends that are Christian first and republicans second.
Then we have the Crazy Republican christians. Those who are Republicans first and then christians second (and yes I put christian in lower case on purpose). These are the people who make me frustrated, and sad. Today in various emails I have been told that I am not a true Christian and a traitor to our nation. I have been told this not because I am for Health Care Reform (Which I am not in it’s current form) but because I made the assertion that Christians who oppose the Reform should check themselves and their anger before spouting off.
I get being overwhelmed with disappointment. I understand being frustrated. However, the way in which we conduct ourselves speaks of who we are in Christ and how people view Christ and His Church. For the past 24 hours, what I have seen and heard has been nothing short of disgusting and most of which has been perpetrated be people who are of a political persuasion first and faith second.
At this point I am praying that God shows me how to love the Crazy Republican christian because right now I don’t know how. Right now I see individuals speaking on behalf of Christ when they have no business speaking about such things at all. Right now I see people acting in such a way that goes in direct contradiction to who Jesus was and is. Worst of all, I see people using Christ as their political agenda/scapegoat – making certain that He dwells within the confines of there political preference.
So to all you Christian Republicans out there i want to say thank you. Thank you for showing the truth of your faith even in disappointing times. To all you Crazy Republican christians…please don’t claim Jesus if you’re not going to act like Him.
Until next time….