Confessions of a Christian Political Lunatic

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  1. JustChristian

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    Confessions of a Christian Political Lunatic
    by Anthony Wade
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Confessions-of-a-Christian-by-Anthony-Wade-080912-846.html
    September 12, 2008

    It sure seems sometimes like I am alone. You see, I am a born again Christian. I believe in the bible as the inerrant word of God. I attend church twice per week, teach a bible class, and run a small group. I believe even in those things that may seem fringe to a lot of non-Christians, such as speaking in tongues. I can accept the differences we have and understand that what I believe may not be what you believe. The difficult part is realizing that divergent political beliefs within born again circles are often ridiculed and mocked; truth be damned.

    I feel alone because I know that there are political forces out there in the world that use Jesus Christ for their own ends. Sure there are a few well-intended politicians for whom their politics are part of their Christianity. The majority however adopt Christianity as part of their politics. Why? Not because they believe in Christ as I do but rather, because they want me to vote their way. So, they pretend to believe in Christ as I do. Because I see these things for what they are and because I am not shy about telling the truth, I am branded a “political lunatic” by some of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Because I can see when a chain email is rife with lies designed to get me to hate people, I am a lunatic. Or emails designed to support Christian values but uses outright lies to make the primary point. Everything from is Obama a Muslim to a fake comparison sheet of McCain and Obama where the tax innuendo presented is entirely fabricated. Emails telling me that it is God’s will that McCain and Palin are elected and that I must pray for that will. Not pray for God’s will mind you, the writer of the email (who is of course anonymous) has already determined what God’s will is for me. Because I call these things what they are, outright lies, I am branded a political lunatic.

    I am alone because nearly everyone I associate with honestly believes that pro-life politicians intend to do something about abortion. I know they never will because it is too valuable a political football to toss to the Christian base every four years. It amazes me that my Christian friends never seem to notice that the ONLY time they even discuss abortion is during a presidential election. I see Alito and Roberts for what they are; pro-business judges who happen to be pro-life because of their party affiliation. More power to the corporate structure and less rights for the common man. Roe V. Wade is not being overturned folks and I see this. Why? Because the republicans will never allow it. If they did, they would have nothing to run on. Endless war and tax breaks for the rich will only win you so many votes. Instead, you have to play to people’s outrage and morality. I can see that plainly, which must be why I am a lunatic.

    Continued........
     
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    I appreciate the fact that this was presented upfront as an OpEd piece and not as fact. That is refreshing.

    The writer also shares many of my own views on "Christian' politicking.
     
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    I agree with the op ed that it is sad that Christians are so easily manipulated into knowingly or unknowingly propogating slander and lies.

    It isn't just politics. All of the fake chain mail I get is from unwitting Christian friends who are a little too trusting of what they read and hear and feel they are doing the rest of us a favour.

    Whats worse is when Christians knowingly propogate slander and lies and politics seems to bring out the worst in people.
     
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    What's worse is when Christian brothers and sisters are presented facts and brush it off as lies, especially when it comes to anything negative about Obama, even when it is true. (Like his pro-abortion position and his voting record on the Born Alive Act.)

    Agreed, some of these emails are over the top, like the one I recently got saying the Bible says the AC will be in his 40s, or that Esther was abused and then married a king (I think they might have gotten her confused with Abigail who was married to a drunk but then married King David after her drunk spouse died) etc., but when people really know what the Bible says, it is easy to sort things out, what is true and what is false.

    I do agree with the OP, however. He is a lunatic. And admits it.
     
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