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Being a Christian and being passionate about politics can make for some confusing times in this political climate.
I wholeheartedly care about people and their well-being.
I am a deeply empathetic person, I take on others emotions easily. I realized this when I was ten and heard a friend’s parent tell a homeless person who was asking for water in the middle of summer, in Texas, to “get a ******* job!” That moment would set the course of my life.
I also get incredibly passionate about politics.
My husband teases me and starts playful political debates with me all the time.
What some don’t realize is that the politicians we vote for and ultimately elect will set the funding, policies, and laws that affect us and our fellow citizens, our neighbors. Issues like homelessness, poverty, immigration, economic inequality, health care, the criminal justice system & mass incarceration, these are all matters that are important to think about when election time rolls around.
Above all, though, I’m a Christian.
I don’t think I should align with Democrat or Republican. I don’t want to align myself with the image of the Donkey or the Elephant.
I only want to worship the Lamb. Not the Donkey, not the Elephant, but the blameless, sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
We may resonate with ideas from both parties, hate ideas from both parties, but our commitment ultimately shouldn’t belong to either.
I don’t think Jesus would fit neatly into the mold of democrat, or republican. The Holy Spirit can’t be bound by party lines.
We ALL bear the image of God. We are all LOVED and CHOSEN by Christ.
Nancy & Donald included.
When we’re posting on Social Media or in conversation, we need to remember that we are called to be a light, we are chosen & set apart.
And those people you disagree with, they are also chosen and loved.
I think if we’re going to be true followers of Christ in this hectic political climate, we can’t try to support our views by twisting Jesus into someone who would also believe in our views, but we have to start truly believing in Jesus above all – and letting that belief challenge our politics.
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house”Matthew 5:14