An Observation on Politics and Religion, Oh My!

Disclaimer: This blog entry includes both the subjects of politics and religion, everyone’s favorite topics to disagree on and get heated up about, but I assure you, it is not meant to offend! Just a few of my observations based on what is currently going on in politics…

The other day, I came across this quote from the Bible (King James Version), which got me thinking about some of the issues going on in our society (US of A) and government recently:

Timothy 6: 17, 18

17 Charge them that are rich in the world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.

(I italicized the parts that emphasize what I’m talking about.)

This quote from the Bible reminded me of the issues currently going on with the 99% vs. the 1%; with the desire of some to tax the rich more equally in proportion to the middle class; and with the question of whether it is okay for big-money corporations to largely fund the campaigns of politicians who will support their interests (often at the expense of the environment, etc.). And, obviously, how the decisions of big banks got our country into financial crisis in the first place.

Meanwhile, some of the more “right-wing” Republicans have been using the name of Christianity in their fight against marriage equality and Planned Parenthood, etc.

I see a stark contrast here.

I am Christian, and in my view of Christianity, one of the first duties of a Christian is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12: 31), despite who this neighbor is and what they believe.

Meanwhile, it says in the quote above from Timothy, to “give freely” where you can and make choices based on helping others and the greater good, not solely on helping yourselves (your own money pile up, your own company make billions). Do some forget that this is part of being a Christian as well?

So that’s my observation.

But please let me clarify that this is not meant to be an attack on anyone for being Republican, Christian, rich, or anything else, and this is not a generalization of any of these groups either. Republicans and the rich alike can be kind, generous people. Christians can (and should!) be loving their neighbors as themselves. (After all, that is one of Jesus’ main requests.)

So this is merely meant to be an observation based on certain things that are going on in the political landscape. Just something to think about!


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