A post for the anonymous religious fellow as a response to his this-is-not-about-politics political message in my mailbox today.
I received in the mail today a word from the Lord on the only issue Christians are to use in determining who to vote for this year. Anonymous said,
“Why argue over taxes and immigration and the like while we stand aside and watch as Satan and his army storm by as we do nothing to stop him, but welcome him in. [sic] Where will you stand? Shall we vote for sin? This really becomes the question.”
The issue, you ask, that is the same as Satan’s armies marching in?
“One of the things we must understand is that, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, green energy, immigrations, etc. are not moral issues. [sic] …But abortion, homosexuality, and same sex marriage are moral issues and absolutely sin.”
And as a result of this logic Anonymous says,
“How could any Christian vote for those who support such?”
Anonymous’ not-so-veiled attempt to tell me who to and not to vote for seems to have a reductionistic and highly selective reading of Scripture.
A quick comparison:
“Generations ago would never have stood by and watched the abominations we are witnessing.”
Which generations are you referring to, exactly?
I am disappointed that a follower of Jesus could write this and that a church that carries the same name as my own tradition would willingly print this in its weekly mailing.
The article ended with (emphasis original): “Make your vote count for righteousness.”
On that point we agree. I just hope he can come to understand that righteousness according to Scripture is bigger than a few handpicked verses about one issue, and that there are many great Christians who will vote in different ways because they are doing just what he says… just in a more theologically robust way.
Some may ask why bother posting a response to Anonymous since he represents a simplistic view. I respond partially because I fear this way of thinking is not as uncommon as I would like for it to be. See Billy Graham’s recent full-page ad in the WSJ. More so, though, I respond as an effort to remind myself and others that the moral of voice of Scripture rests primarily on the side of the marginalized, oppressed, the poor, the alien, and widow, and the orphan. No single issue, even one of biblical import, should be allowed to turn the weighty matters of justice (Mt 23:23) into “matters of opinion.” Whether I am voting, speaking, spending, or acting it needs to, as Anonymous reminds me, “count for righteousness.”
This is from Rachel Held Evans blog. It is about wrestling deeply with Scripture as it comes to us, not as we would have it.
This way or reading the Bible resonates deeply with me. The limp I walk with is a result of many battles with values I had to betray in order to embrace a deeper fidelity.Source: rachelheldevans.com
How a true betrayer prays….
It is not enough to say prayers: we must become, be prayer, prayer incarnate. All of life, each act, each act, every gesture, even the smile of the human face, must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. One should offer not what one has but what one is.
- Paul Evdokimov
I am so disappointed in this! CIVIL conversations! Are you kidding?! This is time for fear, anger, slander, lies!!!!! I think I am going to ask Colbert for another March to Keep Fear Alive. Civil conversations could ruin us all!
when: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012 (6pm CST/7pm EST)
where: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of Minnesota
”We urge that this ignorant attempt to provoke the religious feelings of Muslims in the Arabic-speaking world be ignored and that its extremist producers not be given the cheap publicity they so desperately seek,” said the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”
Once a media fire starts, its hard to get that cat back in the bag. That’s the worst irony of this latest chaos: The crowds who were angered had been led to believe that this ridiculous anti-Muslim film was “widely viewed” in the West. And now, since most of us suffer from a salacious curiosity powered by broadband internet, it will be.
Let us betray that instinct.
May God’s peace be with those who were killed, and God’s transformation be upon those who participated.
Submitted by contributor Adam Hoyt