Jesus Was NOT A Republican…

Posted: January 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

My liberal friends are convinced that I’m really a liberal and just don’t know it yet. My conservative friends probably just worry about me. I actually am pretty conservative in most areas. But I find myself disenfranchised by the republican party in this country and appalled at the state of the national government currently. I know I’m not alone. It’s been hard to stand by and watch our personal rights eroded in the name of national security. It’s painful to watch all the partisan politics stalemating the possibility of anything being accomplished in Washington. I must confess I’m about one step away from getting a “who would Jesus bomb?” sticker for my car.

Within the Christian subculture there’s almost an unspoken rule that we shouldn’t be negative against the government. It’s ok to criticize any democrats in power, but we need to just “prayerfully support” the republicans. Last time I checked Jesus wasn’t a republican. He didn’t get sucked into the corrupt system that was functioning at the time. I think we need to wake up and use our minds and not just get sucked into politics as usual.

Today was election day. Once again I found myself to be disturbed by the whole process. When I was young I was excited to finally be able to vote. I wanted to be a part of the whole process. Now that I’m older and more cynical, I realize that most politicians… democrats, republicans or any other variety, are not to be trusted. Too many years working in media and seeing the ugly yellow underbelly of American politics up close left me with the realization that to be a good politician in this country you basically have to be a good liar.

What do I want? I want to just once in my life, vote for someone I can really believe in and support instead of voting for the lesser of two evils. I want to see elected officials who will put aside partisan politics and put the real good of the nation above their own private agendas. I want us as people of faith to not just buy into politicians rhetoric, but hold them accountable based on their actions and not just their propaganda.

What am I going to do? I’m not sure yet. One thing is for sure I don’t want to just give lip service to conservative politics. I need to stay informed. I need to be willing to question bad decisions no matter who are making them. I need to be willing to speak up against troubling trends… whether they’ve been propagated by the left or the right. I need to be careful to not be like the Christians in Nazi Germany who ignored what was going on around them. And I need to dialogue with others and not be afraid to question authority. I’m guessing that there are legions of people who are in the same boat as me. Any comments?

Originally published on June 7th, 2006


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