The Election and the Church

It’s time for me to weigh in on the 2012 Presidential Election. Are you sick of hearing about it yet? I am, but only to a degree. Several well-written blog posts have popped up that discuss the churches’ role politics. One of the more interesting ones appeared on my Facebook feed this morning. It’s a Christian blogger, but you may want to head on over and read it. Then come back. Promise you will! I’ll wait. It opens in a new window. Also, you don’t have to read all the Jesus stuff at the bottom. I’m talking about her sections on the various groups of people. I know it’s hard for atheists and agnostics to read about Jesus stuff.

Grieving and Hope After the Election

What do you think about this post? Her statistics are the same ones I remember learning in my social issues class last spring. I believe she’s right. The church has been on a power trip and has aimed to oppress these groups, perhaps without even realizing it. The things she talks about in this post are the things that are driving people away from the church. I personally don’t think much will change. I think the right will go more right while the left goes more left.

One thing is for sure, though – as long as long as Republicans keep aligning themselves with religious extremists, they will continue to lose supporters. I was hoping for a Republican candidate that had good ideas and well-rounded values. Instead, I got Nutty McNutjob and Liar VanLiarson. I’m not given to calling names, but those sounded fun. 🙂

All that being said, I think Jen’s blog post is a good one and that all Christians should read it. I think it’s time for the church to wake up to the reality of the harm they’re doing. It may not happen across the board, but if even a few Christians can be a voice for reason and love in their churches, then maybe it will get better. Not that I’m advocating that the church needs to gain members. I’d love to see them lose people in droves. But there will always been people who stay, and families who stay. Maybe those people can learn to treat people with respect.

One more thought that I want to share publicly: I am so sorry for ever trying to force my beliefs upon someone. I was terrible to people. I chastised innocent people for listening to rock music, for saying curse words, and for watching pro wrestling. I was a terrible person, and I’m sorry.

2 Thoughts on “The Election and the Church

  1. Ok I’m so glad that you linked to my post (thank you) and I love that you gave it the context you did. The religious stuff is hard to take, and if I didn’t live in the world I do (minister’s wife) I probably wouldn’t talk about it so freely. But I do and it seeps in. I just wanted to talk about your last paragraph. OH how I have those regrets. When I was younger and stupid and terrible I told people stuff like that too. We’re taught to “convert” and truly I don’t think I’ll teach my kids to do that. If God wants to draw people – He will. Because it’s hard to “convert” without treating others as just that – others. And that is terrible. Even now I’m sure I judge more than I even know. I sometimes wonder if I’ll be 80 before I stop acting like an ass, then I’m around 80 year-olds and some of them are just tacky – so that worries me too. Anyway – rambling response – but thanks for linking and thanks for your grace is wading through the lingo and seeming to understand the heart. Just as you are sorry – I am sorry. We christians have beaten the crap out of the world, and it is wrong. We’ve been bullies – me included. And I’m sorry.

  2. Hi Jen –

    I’m so sorry I missed your comment. I’m in my last semester of college and it’s getting crazy around here.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and I just want to say that people like you give me hope for humanity. Your post was shared on my Facebook wall by several friends, and everyone, Christian or not, thought you said exactly what needed to be said.

    Thanks again.


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