We are in an interesting time and place in the world. Religion seems to be permeating almost every political argument in the news. Maybe it always have and I just didn't notice. The religious right has always been the loudest voices, but finally the religious left is speaking out. For whatever reason we aren't the voices heard often on television news, but we are certainly making a presence on the Internet and op-Ed columns.
The two issues nearest and dearest to my heart are lightning rod issues
in congress and therefore in the news: Women's rights and LGBTQ civil
rights. These two issues bring out the religious talkies in force. Often
speaking against equal rights and protecting women. I am not sure how
people of faith can do this! They claim to be followed of Jesus but I
wondering what gospels they are reading. Two things Jesus never did cast
people aside or try to force them into believing what he believed.
Clearly he trying to change the world but he never forced the world to
change. We would look a whole lot differ t if he had. What I wonder how
it is can these folks be followers of Jesus and spuee such hateful
language. How can you stand in the way of two people committing
themselves to a loving relationship? How can you vote against or try to
weaken the Violence Against Women act? How can you do those things and
still call yourself a follower of Jesus? Sorry that just doesn't compute
I certainly do not have my faith all figured out. I certainly think I
get it wrong a lot of the time. Especially when I say hurtful things
about another person. I can say this that the times I know I get it
wrong I ask for forgiveness from God. I think we should be doing a lot
more asking for forgiveness instead of damning people on behalf of God.
I am glad there is another voice out there, but we need to be more
mainstream. If we are going to engage those who have turned their backs
to Christianity or organized faith of any kind we need people to know we
are not all close minded. Christianity is not the religion of hate and
discrimination. Christianity is the faith of love and kindness!