Dear Political Christians,
The controversy of whether or not politics and religion should be merged has been debated for decades, and Americans have been unable to reach an agreement. This situation has escalated significantly after Roe vs. Wade because Christian morals are compromised when abortion is permitted in America. I hope to tackle this issue head-on and present my stance in a way that can be respected by both sides.
Before I begin, I feel I should share a little information about my personal beliefs. I am a devout Christian that believes that Jesus Christ came to Earth to die for our sins and rose from the grave, overcoming the power of sin and shame for the last time. I am completely convinced that this is the truth, but I respect others' decisions to disagree, whether they be Muslim, atheist, or unsure about what to believe. That is the beauty of America. We have the choice to believe what we want.
In today's society, it is very difficult to maintain a unbiased opinion about anything. I personally believe that the Bible is true and choose to follow the teaching of Christ. But how does that carry over to my political opinion? Quite simply, the Bible affects my views. What it says is right is right, and what it says is wrong is wrong.
However, just because I believe these biblical stances doesn't mean that others will agree with me. This is shown by the pro-choice advocates and LGBTQ communities. So does that mean I go stand in a park holding a "God hates fags" sign or standing outside of abortion clinics, shaming women? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Let me explain why.
Even though that the Bible has a very definite, unchanging position on today's societal politics, we as Christians must understand how we should approach today's unbiblical society. Jesus explains perfectly how we are to approach this in Matthew 22: 37-40. When he is asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replies, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Therefore, we should approach these issues in a loving manner. First, we need to love God enough to keep our own actions in check. But then comes the issue of how to approach people who don't do as the Lord wishes. God gives us free will, and this means that we all have the right to choose for ourselves what we want to do (even if it means disobeying God). Therefore, in order for us to follow God's second commandment, we have to try to love them in the same way that God loves everybody: unconditionally. That means that we can't decide not to treat someone right solely because they choose to live in a way that isn't aligned with Christian morals. We are not called to be judges of other people's sins because we are sinful people. It is God's job to judge people, but it is our job to love them.
Finally, to conclude, I would like to say that the reason we are not making an impact for Christ in politics and more importantly leading people to Christ as effectively as we could be is because we have become influenced by our own desire to "win" and keep our pride. We are so concerned about proving our point that the opposing position is wrong that we have become two-faced. We preach an agenda of love and salvation, but our actions reflect a completely different agenda. Therefore, in order to actually being taken serious on a political level, we must unify our minds with fellow believers in the act of completely showing love to those with differing beliefs.