This morning on my way to church, I was listening to KFI radio's "The Jesus Christ Show." For anyone unfamiliar with the show, it's not at all sacreligious, in spite of its title. The conecpt is basically that of "Jesus" having His own talk show. Now I know that reallllly SOUNDS sacreligious, but the guy who "plays" Jesus is very wise (in my opinion) and has a lot of great things to say each week. He's much more "orthodox" in his observations than you would expect in "secular radio."
So here's my point:
I get so tired of the whole us/them mentality between right & left, conservative & liberal. That Christians are "expected" to be conservative and non-Christians "must" be liberal is really an ill-founded assumption. I loved what "Jesus" said this morning in commenting on the presidential race in particular, and American political positions in general. He said, in effect, that you can never truly convince dyed-in-the-wool Liberals or Conservatives to change their thinking, but you CAN lead truthseekers to change their thinking if it's logically, morally, and intelligently challenged. That's really how I like to think of myself: as a truthseeker--particularly after Bruce's sermon on truthfulness this weekend. I want to be a seeker of truth, not just by adhering to any one particular party's platform. I don't want anyone doing my thinking for me, be it politician, pundit, pollster, preacher, or professor. As "Jesus" said this morning, nearly every genuine political perspective--right or left--is the result of someone's (or several someones') deeply held convictions and views of the world. There are strengths and weaknesses to be found in each one, to be sure, but neither is "all right" nor "all wrong." Does that make me wishy-washy? I certainly hope not. I'll happily take a stand--just not where someone tells me I'm "expected" to take one.
There is much to ponder in this political season. (For instance, in terms of "right and wrong," some of the questions I keep asking: Is it wrong to be wealthy? No. Is it wrong to take from the rich to give to the poor? Yes. Is it right--even necessary--for those who "have" to give to those who "don't have?" Yes. Is it right to be greedy? No.) Truth has to be gleaned from this stew of questions--and others even more complicated. Then that personal truth has to be translated into a "political" point-of-view. Not easy to do.
A lot of wheat and chaff exists in all camps. God help us to use our minds and hearts to seek the path of truth in it all.