I used to believe I was a moderate, a centrist (?)…hmmmm, maybe not…but a moderate independent none-the-less. I knew I leaned left on certain issues, leaned left not the whole hog left. I refuse to say social liberal, fiscal conservative because I can’t seem to keep my bank account balanced. I am a social liberal.
I am being pushed farther and farther left though my beliefs haven’t changed much over the years. As I have aged, if anything at all, I have found my way back to a path I had fallen off earlier. The political spectrum has moved and taken religious beliefs with it…or is it the other way around?
Normally, a person’s religious beliefs are fine with me…provided no one loses a body part, gets disparaged or called an abomination while being publicly stoned…with a rock stoned.
I look at different “Christian” religions as “different flavors” of the same dessert. Cherry cheesecake or strawberry cheesecake kinds of differences, both are tasty but different flavors of tasty. Different religions? Desserts from different ovens? Yes, there are certain desserts I’m not going to eat and certain denominations I will not follow.
Two days ago, instead of cheesecake, I received a shaving cream pie to the face for expressing my belief that I am a left-leaning Christian. The shaving cream is burning more than my eyes…a location considerably south of my eyes.
My anger has bothered me greatly, biblically (?), and for two days I have prayed for enlightenment and some anodyne to soothe the burning. I’ve seen no light and my metaphorical Preparation H seems to be acting like Atomic Bomb. Therefore, I will burden you, both of my faithful readers.
The comment I made was in regard to what I felt was spreading hatred and division, what I deemed to be hatred and division. I typed, ”I am a left-leaning Christian, this (the meme) is simply not true about liberals.” I thought but didn’t type, “Shouldn’t religion be about love and inclusion?” I should have known better. The responses immediately went sideways and took on a political slant…no a political jump off a cliff.
Had I left off the words “left-leaning” I would have gone unscathed, but that was my point. I chose not to engage and barely survived being pummeled by “true believers’” welding social media generated “family Bibles.” I turned off the notifications and whimpered off into the night.
Not what I was expecting but maybe I should have. I shared a post about a fence post that started an argument over cement. Maybe they were funnin’ me…maybe.
Is it just about abortion? I was told in a different post, reasonably civil, that I was copping out for not basing my entire belief structure and political affiliation on one issue. Maybe I am skirting the issue…but it is my belief structure and not my issue. A belief structure involving not only black and white but subtle shades of grays.
I believe I can hate abortion and still believe it is not my right to dictate what a woman or a couple decide for themselves. If that is copping out I’m not the least bit sorry. I must answer to my God. For me, it goes deeper than one issue…albeit, a big issue.
A really, big issue…but so is war and supporting the death merchants who benefit from it. So is the gun lobby and our highest percentage rating of gun deaths in the first world. So is ignoring science for corporate greed while fouling the air and water my grandchildren will have to breath. Allowing children to go hungry and without medical care while pharmaceutical corporations continue to stuff their offshore bank accounts.
What about an equal education for all? One that not only teaches people to think but prepares all to compete in a MODERN world. How do we treat our LGBT friends and their rights? What are their civil rights? Why has there been a rise in open hostility some have toward people of color and other religions?
Just some of the issues I discussed with myself as I walked Saturday morning. There are others, but I only walked for ninety minutes. I also discussed the question, “Is the other political side any better?” For now, I say yes but will continue to ask for guidance…and a prescription to calm my anger.
I do not believe Liberal Christian is an oxymoron. I believe people who say so are using religion to further divide a divided humanity. Why would we want to do that…or who would want US to do that? Do not all our Christian religions follow a Middle Eastern man who was, by every modern definition of liberal, a liberal Jew. I just started to feel better.
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