Me…a Democrat?

by Marissa Rubin

No, I don’t  think so. But maybe I am more so than I originally thought. I’ve been trying to figure out my political “affiliation” as of late. I am finding it to be near impossible . . . finding flaws as well as  verity in every party (sort of like every Christian denomination). I still think it’s impossible for me to come to this conclusion.

Before I delve any further in my thoughts, let me say that this is still the birth of my interest/examination of the political realm. Just in case I say anything…..stupid.

Yeah, I thought I was mostly conservative until two things happened. First, I read the book, “In God We Trust” by various authors. Second, I hiked Red Rocks Canyon with a good friend. We conversed about politics a great deal. Reading and discussing. Always good places to start, I suppose.

…..all quotes in this post will be taken from the book stated above.

Education. Economy. Gay Rights. Illegal Immigrants. Death Penalty. Environment. Church/State. Tax Reform…

I couldn’t tell you where I stand on every one of these issues. I will work them out as time lives on. Whether the inclination is to the left, to the right, or somewhere down the middle, I ultimately desire to align all my convictions by the Word. Sometimes it’s tough to decipher certain things with these issues.

In a chapter on religious lobbying, Hofrenning states, “…conservative lobbyists avoid economic concerns and focus on other moral issues.” He later gives mention of Mainline Protestant groups sharing a liberal agenda…”All lobby for increased aid to the poor; most lobby for a less militaristic foreign policy.” I guess I concur. On our blistery, snowy hike last week, my friend straight up called me socially liberal. I was distraught to begin with, but after some thought I realized that it was truer than I know. I care about justice a lot. I don’t want our nation to be that of the socialist type though. I suppose I think the church should get more involved in helping the homeless, the foster kids, the single moms…

I haven’t come to many conclusions, but in the last chapter of “In God We Trust?” titled, “Christian Commitment and American Political Life, I came to a few. “Christians ought not to act like just another interest group out to defend their self -interests. Christians ought to be just as concerned for the rights and the welfare of their Jewish, Islamic, or non-believing neighbors as they are for their own.” (Monsma) “One’s vote should not be governed by whether or not one is better of economically than he or she was before. The proper question relates to the common good: Is society as a whole more just?” (Monsma) God himself said in Deuteronomy 16:18, “Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. 19Do not pervert justice or show partiality. …20Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.” There you have it. These are my few conclusions that boil down to justice and the common good.

Another thing: I despise jokes/cracks on our leaders. I really can’t stand when people  make cracks on our current president. I think it’s one of the worst things a person can do. It shouldn’t matter if you don’t agree with his policies or think that he isn’t  fit/experienced/motivated enough to be our leader. He is in office. It’s a fact. There is nothing you can do about this fact. Respect him. You know what Paul told the Roman Christians, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” -Romans 13:1  Since I was in high school, I have carried the following mentality: Don’t disrespect your opposing views so cruelly; rather uplift your believed views with dignity. I’m not implying that one should never stand up for what they think to be right; just go about it the right way. I have been guilty of this. No bueno.

I’m sick of conservatives who strive for a state of religion, tradition, and the right to bear arms. I’m sick of liberals who are about  free-thinking, expressing themselves, and saving the Finnish striped angel fish. I’m sick of moderates who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I’m sick of myself. As a follower of Christ, I want to follow him – not a party or a way of thinking.

Psalm 72:1-2 – “Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.”

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