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16 January, 2009

Just thinking...again...

I was listening to the radio yesterday when I was out in the truck visiting my contractors. There was something that was said (although I can't remember exactly what) that got me to thinking.
I'm still amazed by all of my Christian brothers and sisters who fell for the smooth talking con man that was just elected president. While I'm disappointed in their choice, I think that I figured out what may have led to it. They fell into the 'guilt trap' that the liberal media set for us.
I understand the theory behind being relevent to our culture. We do need to meet people where they are and bring them along to Christ. Many times we as Christians watch the same movies, listen to the same music, see the same TV shows, hear the same comedians, visit the same places and have the same friends as those who haven't received Christ yet.
While this in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, it is easy to get sucked into the thought process of not just being tolerant of the sinner (which by the way, I'm glad Jesus is tolerant of me), but starting to be tolerant of the sin, (which Jesus is not). We already know how the world views Christians and our conservative views, and I believe that in our effort sometimes not to be seen as 'uncool' or 'out of the loop' or 'misinformed', some of us tend to nod our heads or in some cases turn our heads when we see our Faith attacked by the media listed above.
There is truth to the adage that if we hear the same lie repeated long enough that it will soon sound like the truth.
Pretty soon we begin to think that if we don't give the government more control over our lives that we are uncaring, selfish, bigoted, intolerant, mean, insensitive and most of all un-Christlike. If we don't let the government help the poor (even tho they remain poor), take over private businesses, and pass more intrusive laws, then we just don't care because 'That's what Jesus would do.'
In my opinion, we get suckered into this thinking because we are unwilling to do anything ourselves. We are sometimes just lazy. It's just much easier to let the government do it instead of getting involved in our church which is actually what Jesus WOULD do.
Besides, who wants to be seen as uncool or intolerant?
Many times I feel myself in the middle of this tug of war. I have unsaved friends (yes I said it), who cannot understand my conservative point of view and I have Christian friends who also can't understand why I insist on being so intolerant and stubborn sometimes, and why I don't just 'lighten up'.
Maybe I am too old to change, but mostly, I just don't see the need to. I love the freedoms that are granted to us by our Constitution and am forever grateful to those that came before me that gave everything so that I can have it, and I don't mind serving in a church that sees what our social responsibilities are.
In my humble opinion, that's the way it should be.

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