• A is for Agape

Oops, I mentioned Religion and Politics

Every day I wake up and I try teach my children to live their lives centered in Christ.  I want them to make decisions based on what we have taught them is right and true.  I must somehow explain to them that while our life is lead through a set of moral, ethical, and Christ centered values we must still love everyone, accept our differences, and withhold judgement because it’s not our place to do so.

See, as in everything else, the system is broken.  Humans are in charge.  And if humans are in charge than mistakes will happen.   They are bound to happen.  So, here is my flawed and humble take on the supremely human and broken situation.

The way I see it there is a Political side to things and there is a Religious side to things and if I’m not mistaken the two were never meant to meet.  Yet, we keep making them meet.  We keep assuming they have anything to do with each other.  And yes, that is a completely crazy view but stay with me.

Let’s assume for a moment that this world is going to end and we are going to a better place, to live with our Creator for all of eternity.  Let’s assume this has been told to us for thousands of years.  Let’s assume that there is a plan greater than our own small minded cosmically insignificant agendas.  Lets assume that our purpose on earth is to love one another, spread God’s word, take care of our brother and make this life as beautiful and precious as possible.  Within these assumptions, where does fighting about abortion fall?  Where does fighting about gay marriage fall?  Where does fighting about the war in far off pick a country fall?

I’m not saying that from a moral, ethical, and Christian standpoint we shouldn’t pick sides.  We all pick sides.  What I am saying is that all of the above issues are Political issues that fall within a humanistic value system that is inherently flawed.  And when we wave our Political flag we are laying down a set of human values that draw a line.

We need to be careful to differentiate between our Political and our Christian motivations.  But we also need to be aware that when we make a stand for something we are telling the world who we are loud and clear and kind of angry like.  So, I’m not going to yell and picket and post my stand.  But I am going to say this, let’s just take a minute before we judge because it just really isn’t our place.  There is a great God and He is coming soon and He knows the end from the beginning and ours is a small planet playing a big part towards an even bigger end.

Ok, let’s take a breather and let the Bible say it best.  “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.” (Zechariah 7:9,10 KJV)

Yeah, I don’t want to imagine evil towards anyone.  I’d rather not oppress anyone either.  I would like to live my life in accordance with God’s Law though.  I will love God above all else, for sure.  I do hope that my light shines for the whole world to see and that somehow that makes a bit of difference.  I think that’s what I’m supposed to be doing here.

Instead of screaming my opinions on the bumper of my car and alienating a few people I’d rather a few people got to know the real me.  I want them to get to know the God behind my belief system, the God that created this world that is flawed but has a purpose.  I want them to get to know the complex me, not the flag waving, patch wearing, quote posting me.  That me gets lost sometimes because she’s really flawed and broken.  Try not to judge her too harshly.

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