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Tom with kids in Kuwait
Tom with kids in Kuwait
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Can a Democrat be a Christian too?
Can aDemocratbe a Christian too?
will skip the discussion and go straight to the comments section depositing an
assortment of derogatory terms. The title is provocative by nature and the
concomitant of that is that I know it will receive assorted hateful responses
based upon that alone.
a dilemma, post a vanilla headline and hope someone says, “I was sure in the
mood for something non-provocative today. The last thing I want to do with my
mind is use it to think.” The alternative is to post a more provocative title
and accept that some will skip the piece and go straight to the abuse, but
perhaps in this latter mode, I will reach a few more who might read the few
lines meant to move us out of our comfort zones just a bit, maybe more.
I ask the question,Can
a Democrat be a Christian too?
the answer is….
Now I’m jumping to the comment section and posting my obscenities like a good
permit me a second question and answer.
aRepublicanbe a Christian too?
Do I think only Libertarians or Tea Partians or is it (Tea Partiers) can be Christians?
question itself is not a matter of party affiliation but of identify.
identity is in Christ alone. I am a Christian.
register Republican, but that is not my identity. I agree with some things the
party stands for and disagree with others. Politically, my preferences lean
more to being Libertarian, but pragmatically, I don’t think a true Libertarian
would work out well as president or judge or governor.
am not the party with which I am registered. I belong to Christ alone. I follow
Christ. My allegiance is to him. IloveAmerica and cherish the very liberty
that we enjoy every day, register as a Republican, and vote my convictions.
I know absolutely nothing about the candidates for the commission on legalized
gambling in the third precinct of the fourth district, then I might vote for
the Republican candidate. Why? My general leanings are for smaller government
and more liberty and that’s the general direction of the party, though the
stated goal seldom is realized.
my identity is as a Christian.
am not permitted a second and third and fourth identity. I live as a Christian
and fulfill many roles.
surely some others.
of these are callings. I know without any doubt that I was called to be a
Marine officer. I know with even greater certainty that God called me to
ordained ministry. But I have only one identity. I am a child of God. I am a
Christian—by definition committed to following Jesus wherever he leads me.
am not following any political party wherever they lead me. On any given day I
can change my political affiliation. I follow Christ forever. He is Lord. He is
King. He called me servant, trusted servant, and even friend. My identity is in
identity gives me incredible freedom. I can live fully. My future is not in the
hands of the next president. My identity does not come from a political party.
I belong to Christ. I am a Christian.
am also free to challenge the thinking of the world in which I live, and
today’s challenge is this.
stop calling each other by our party affiliation. Let’s stop condemning each
other because of our party affiliation. That’s not who we are, at least that’s
true for most.
sadly, have given their identity to a political party and are slave to it. But
we who know Christ are set free and are slave to nothing in this world. We
should not fear anything in the world. Jesus said, “I have overcome the world.”
we have political issues to discuss, consider, evaluate, and even promote;
let’s do it as a people who preserve each other’s dignity. If you differ with
me, you are not evil by definition. The converse should be equally true.
politics, social groups, geography, and culture are not our identity. We are
Christians. We might be blessed to live in a country where we can register with
the party of our choice. We might be privileged to live in Oklahoma, North
Carolina, California, or Nebraska—OK, that’s a stretch to say privileged to
live in Nebraska. We like to sing,I’m
Proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free, but we must
remember that we follow Christ. We are Christians.
I saying that we need to restructure our syntax so as to never say, “I’m a grandfather,”
or “I’m an American?”
we need to understand that the identity of every Christian is in Christ. It’s
not Christ plus the Republican Party. It’s not Christ and the Democratic Party.
Our identity is in Christ alone.
let’s back off this vitriolic bashing of Republicans and Democrats. Those are
political parties and not who we are. Elections do not have to bring out the
worst in us.