I know this might cost me some friends, or shock people, but it is time to examine ourselves and our beliefs. I am going to be a gadfly to your conscience, forcing you to examine your belief system, and if your actions are truly in line with what you profess to believe if you consider yourself a Christian, meaning a follower of the teachings of Jesus. Anyone else is excused, although it is good for all of us to meditate on what is happening and who and what we support nowadays.
I just can not fathom how anyone can support leaders, and policies that are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus, because they claim to be the “Godly Party”, or the “Party of Family Values,” when the exact opposite is proven to be true. Please don’t think I am exempting Democrats or anyone else from this, either. If you consider yourself an Anarchist, a Communist, a “Sovereign Citizen”, an Anti-government whatever, you are just as liable as those in the mainstream. If you follow Jesus, you follow what he preached, and not what some demagogue or some party flunkies or whoever and what their propaganda machine wants you to believe. Nor will you be able to say that it starts or is within one political party or leader. If that is what they claim or would have you believe, then they are false prophets:
20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God begin?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God isn’t ushered in with visible signs. 21 You won’t be able to say, ‘It has begun here in this place or there in that part of the country.’ For the Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21 The Living Bible)
For me, “…the Kingdom of God is within you,” means we each have a personal connection with the divine. Part of that connection is my conscience, which is as overactive as my brain. Even if I have not done something others would consider wrong, or committed a slight they did not notice or let slip by, I still feel bad about it. Or if someone or something is wrong in some faraway land, or if there is an issue which has no direct impact on me, I feel it in my Spirit, that other connection to the divine which resides within me. What ever affects others affects me, no matter who or where they are.
If you voted for and continue to support leaders who push through policies that are the very antithesis of what you should believe in as a Christian, you should question what you believe and whether you truly are a follower of Jesus.
You may say, “But I pray for our leaders.” That is your duty as a believer. But do you still support their policies, and give them your tacit and implicit support, even when their policies go against what Jesus asks us to do? Then your prayers and your support cancel each other out and are useless.
If you think healthcare is a privilege, and not a right, you should question what you believe and whether you truly are a follower of Christ. Didn’t Jesus himself have mercy on the sick and dying and minister to them?
If you believe that the wealthy should get tax cuts detrimental to the greater good of all and everyone else carry the burden, to the point where 24,000,000 people will be without basic health care, for one, then how can you say, “I follow Jesus?”
If you think poor people do not deserve any social support, and programs for them should be cut in favor of increases in the military budget, you should examine yourself and ask, “What would Jesus, the one I profess to follow, say?”
If you think it is okay to discriminate and ban people because of their religious beliefs (which by the way, are guaranteed by the US Constitution), ethnicity, sexuality, or any other reason, then you should go back to the Bible, read it, and see who Jesus hung out with and accepted and ministered to, and do the same.
If you think businesses should be unregulated and allowed to run wild and do what they want because, “It will be good for the economy,” or “It will allow the job creators (the 1%) to create new jobs,” it won’t. It will only allow the rich and greedy to get richer. Then you have to ask who do you believe in: God or Mammon?
If you think that businesses and governments should be allowed to rape the environment, freely contribute to global warming, where it will injure all life on the planet, then you have to ask yourself if I really believe and follow what I espouse.
A few years ago, WWJD, (What Would Jesus Do?) was a popular saying. Unfortunately, this saying seems to have fallen away like other fads.
If you believe and do these things, then do not consider yourself a follower of Jesus, but a hypocrite and a Pharisee.
As for me, I do not want to be part of any church, religion, or organization that condones things which my conscience tells me is wrong, that I cannot defend to my children and future generations. I know I am not perfect, and am a work in progress, and you may pick away at my faults, but I have to follow what that divine spark within me tells me is right, even if at other times I am wrong.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ (Matthew 25:34-45 NIV)
These things need to be said. If this loses me friends, then so be it. If this makes you search your conscience and reconsider your beliefs, then that is my intent.
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (James 2:14-18 New International Version)
Please, my Friends and good people, be forewarned. Do not fall into the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
God’s Love, and my Love to you all.