Top 10 Reasons I Believe Voting Democrat is Voting Christian Values
10) I do not belong to the Flat Earth Society for Jesus. Science is in the business of discovering God’s fingerprints. God, and creation, is much more fantastic than we can even begin to discover or imagine. And poisoning the Earth without believing there are consequences is foolhardy.
9) This is a democracy. Therefore, the government should reflect the ideals and beliefs of the people. My beliefs as a Christian and a human being mandate that we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the sick. How Big Business has convinced us these values, at the core of our faith, are non-Christian and un-American is stunning to me. Tax me more.
8) I believe every word Jesus said about homosexuality, and here they are: ________________. Did I mention that Jesus talked about our responsibility to the poor 407 times? Explain to me again how Republicans are voting “Christian values.”
7) Science has proven that homo- and hetero-sexuality is a continuum, and we are born with the selection made. Every time the Bible condemns homosexuality, it does it in the context of immoral and/or licentious behavior. So sure, it makes sense that people who want to live a committed life, having sex with only one person till death do them part, should be forbidden from marrying on moral grounds. And not having to defend the statements of Leviticus about homosexuality relieves me from having to defend Leviticus saying a woman should never cut her hair, never speak in church, that parents should kill children for disobedience, and a man is obligated to father children with his brother’s widow.
6) As much of a tragedy as I believe abortion to be, of all the things I would give government control of, a woman’s body and reproductive system is not on the list. That most agonizing of decisions needs to be made by the woman, her family, her medical practitioner and spiritual counselor. Not to mention, some religions here in America believe life begins at birth. One religion doesn’t get to make practicing others illegal.
5) Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing everything we can to stop abortion. I would begin with making sure everyone has health care, a high school education, and birth control. Not the opposite. And a way for an unplanned child not to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
4) The arts are of central importance to a culture. It is the art and architecture of the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians that speak to us of who they are as a people, thousands of years later. The pyramids, the Acropolis, the fantastic paintings and sculptures, and government-built theaters where the world’s great playwrights performed speak to the heart of who a people are. Killing funding for the arts is saying that we as a people do not cherish creativity and imagination. I beg to differ on the deepest possible level.
3) Capitalism and Christianity are two philosophies that could not, at their core, be more at odds. And I am not for overthrowing our capitalist economy, but I am for using it more thoughtfully, and to a more compassionate end. Yet Big Business had convinced many good people that MINE should be the most important word in American’s financial vocabulary. In fact, they’ve convinced many Christians that what you keep, closed-fisted, is much more important than what you give. We’re not all in this together. We’re not responsible for each other. Not at all. Except that Jesus said the opposite.
2) Today I saw a bumper sticker with a cross and an assault rifle. I am STILL pouring over the Gospels to find one noun or verb that could link those images in any imaginable way. And I still don’t understand how those who own guns legally and understand the respect and training having a gun requires aren’t the loudest voices for sensible gun control.
1) It is important to operate from a position of love and compassion as the basis of strength rather than coming at things from anger and fear and condemnation. I also enjoy voting the party that has better music and comedy. But maybe it’s that Arts thing.