A few weeks ago I published an article about Christians attacking Obama; the main point was that mean and insulting attacks against other people (yes, politicians count) are not acceptable for we who have been asked to love our neighbors.
Some of you loved it. You linked it to your Facebook page and told me I was right. I liked that. It makes a blogger happy to see their work spread around.
Then some of you disappointed me. A day later some of the same people who praised my work were leveling rude malicious attacks against Republicans in the manner I had decried. Did you think that I was taking Obama’s side in politics? Or that my website had become a love letter to the Democrats?
So, let me make this even more clear.
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
A Pharisaic lawyer once asked our Lord, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
It is not OK to agree with me when I say, “Don’t be hateful to Obama” and then, just like a child, turn around and be hateful to Ann Coulter. I understand that politics makes our blood boil – I understand this very well – but you have completely missed my point if you agreed with that earlier post but used that same hateful rhetoric against the Republicans. If you cannot show love to your political enemies by disagreeing with them in a dignified and mature manner, then I recommend you don’t discuss politics until you can do so in love.
Some of you are highly critical of the so-called “Christian Right” for trying to appropriate Jesus for their political leanings, but I see many Christian Democrats going down that same path while making those complaints. They say that a True Christian must vote for Democrats and that Republicans are sinners. Yes, I do actually see people say that and they have the nerve to criticize the Christian Right movement who gave them the original idea.
This is the sort of thing I shouldn’t have to write, and it makes me sad to type it at all.
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