I have been called a radical (among many other things). I have no fear asking the hard questions or taking the road least traveled. And at times I delve into the “illusion of hope” that mankind will get on their knees and pray that our almighty God will heal our land. That being said knowing where my faith lies, I have a question for the clergy. This isn’t easy. And I ask this, knowing I’m taking a risk that this patriot will face retribution by my patriotic brothers and sisters, as well as my enemies. But that’s me.
All my life, from child to adulthood, I was told by every leader of the church I sat under that we couldn’t pick and choose verse and chapter to fit our lives. The Bible was to be taken as a whole, not like a slice of pie. Take for example Mark 11:24-25. Jesus tells us to believe we receive when we pray. That’s great. But verse 25 goes with it. In that verse, Jesus is telling us to forgive. In other words, if you don’t forgive, you won’t receive.
The same scenario could be said of a contract, like my parents farm. When I sign the papers, I sign for everything including payment, interest, deed, etc. I become responsible for all parts that encompass the purchase. I don’t get the farm without a promise of payment and upkeep. And if I don’t make the payment, I don’t keep the land, etc.
So my question is couldn’t the same be said for an agenda, especially a political agenda? If I have Republican beside my name, it means that I believe in the Republican values. If I have Democrat beside my name, it means that I believe in the Democratic values, right?
Well, what about the Democrats? They’ve proven by their actions how wrong they are for America. Actions like 1) redistributing wealth – rob Peter to pay Paul by heavy taxation; 2) forcing universal healthcare down the throats of its citizens when only a minority wanted it; 3) ignoring the Constitution; 4) removing prayer in school and public properties; 5) forcing legislation via the courts that would never make it through Congress; 6) desiring to make us live in a nanny state from cradle to grave; 7) defending a woman’s right to choose life for her fetus or kill it (which we will pay for in the atrocious so-called healthcare reform legislation), and so on.
I am earnestly seeking God to help me see why on earth a Pastor or deacon would run as a Democrat when the party has those values. If you know the answer, please reply. It’s no wonder the world looks at those of us who call ourselves Christians and says “no thank you”.
It is God who grants us life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not government. In my Bible, if you take a life, no matter what stage it’s in, it’s wrong . It’s a direct contradiction to the Ten Commandments. Who are we to choose life or death?
At the end of the day, just like you can’t pick and choose verse and chapter, you can’t pick and choose agenda. It all sticks, Republican or Democrat. Right or wrong.
As I anxiously wait for an explanation, I will leave you with a prayer:
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”