In today’s world we are sometimes criticized for being too nice. I learned from my mom to always try to find the best in everyone and every situation; respect all people no matter who they are and what their background is; hope for the positive; have faith in people to do the right thing. I’ve been called naïve, a goody-goody, a Pollyanna. And my feeling about this is: So what? I’d rather see life through rose colored glasses, knowing there are some pitfalls and negative things and people out there, than to operate in a fearful, negative, looking for the worst in everyone and everything, stingy and meanness of spirit kind of way. Whew!
The other day I heard a friend say, “Christians can’t be Republicans” or vice versa. At first blush, it is of course a broad and controversial statement, but when you take a closer look it’s not so radical a statement, based on what we’re seeing everyday in the political arena. Recently there was a budget battle in Washington, D.C., with the Republicans against raising taxes (especially on the large corporations who are making incredible profits) and for cutting programs that are and would continue to help those who are at a disadvantage. On the other hand, a Republican president invaded a country and started a war that to date has spent $900 billion of US taxpayers’ funds. That war also killed between 100,000 and 110,000 civilians in Iraq (as reported by IBC, Iraq Body Count). Many members of the GOP consider themselves Christians but the heart behind the actions doesn’t align with what the first Christian taught his followers. Love your enemies, help those who are too weak or sick to help themselves, be charitable, turn the other cheek, blessed are the peacemakers, etc. So, is saying you are a Christian just a façade, something you think you should be because it’s the popular place to be today in America?
Think about it. Your comments are welcome.