It’s a Sad Day in America..but for a different reason in my opinion

I find it difficult to come up with words for my feelings right now. My prayers go out to all the Christians in America who are letting their anger and hatred show through. I have been appalled, disgusted, but mostly disappointed by the way “Christians” are handling this. To prove my point, here are some Facebook statuses which I have read from fellow Christians (directly copied and pasted):

“…ENJOY IT WHILE IT LAST OBAMA U WONT BE AROUND MUCH LONGER…HAHA.”

“…well guys it was fun while it lasted… wonder how karl marx we will get?”

“…wants to amputate his right leg from his knee down…”

“…is screaming at the top of his lungs “islamic people have always said they will destroy us from within!!!” Congratulations Obama voters you have doomed us all!”

“…is going to watch things fall apart…preferably from another country.”

“…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.we. are. screwed.”

“…is thinking he can finally marry his boyfriend, then adopt a baby and kill it. Thanks America!”

“…is leaving America for the next 4 years……have fun being socialist….don’t say us McCain fans didnt warn you when change comes!”

I could go on, but I think you get the point. I sense so much anger, sarcasm, and rashness in the way people are reacting. But as I have been saying all along, there is no law that man can make which can rip away our freedom in Christ. We can be Christians no matter what kind of government we are living under, be it democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy. There is no law against loving our neighbor as ourselves. There is no law against spreading peace and meeting the needs of others. There is no law against caring for our fellow human beings. There is no law against love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control. (Gal. 5)

I have seen more division and animosity between Christians over this election than any other event or doctine. We are called to lay aside our differences, preferences, and opinions and be united with each other to the furthering of the kingdom. I will say that there are a good number of Christians out there who are willing to do this. Many of my brothers and sisters have accepted and stated that they are continuing to pray for our leaders and our country. They are unwilling to get caught up in the political mudslinging, name calling, and hostility. I thank God for those people, and I pray for those who aren’t at that point yet.

On a side note, I have also seen many people saying that they are moving to another country, like Canada, or Europe. Those people might want to do a little homework before they make a rash dicision like that. The rest of the world likes and supports Obama as much or more (in most places) than Americans do. Canada is socialist. Most of Europe and South America is socialist. The rest of the world is either Islamic, Hindu, or Atheistic. I don’t think they’ll be moving anywhere any time soon.

"Christian Politics"

OK, one more side-tracked post before I get back to the Egypt trip and Pyramids.

It saddens me, really, to hear people continue to hold on to the “Christian Nation” notion whenever they discuss politics. While I agree that one of the motivating factors in the drafting of the Constitution was religious freedom, so was freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom from tyranny, freedom from “taxation without representation”. To think that America’s Founding Fathers rebelled against the King of England (one type of “Christian Nation” if you recall) to form (another type of) Christian nation, then history is being rewritten. Many people focus on the roll of religion in the lives of our nation’s first leaders, yet they did not set out to form a “Christian Nation”. Otherwise, this would be a theocracy, not a democracy.

As it is, we do live under a democracy, meaning government by the people. Who are the people? They are Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Wiccans, atheists, agnostics. They are Caucasian, African, Arab, Hispanic, Asian. They are rich and poor. They are straight and homosexual. They are pro-life and pro-choice. They are smart and ignorant. They are athletic and clumsy. They are beggars and prostitutes. They are businessmen, lawyers, and doctors. And they all have the same rights and freedoms. They all have the right to make their voices heard because they live here, too. And they all are loved by my Lord Jesus Christ.

While some “Christians” may have a hard time with the fact that homosexuals can wed in some states, Jesus is making an effort to reach out to the teenager who is struggling with his sexual identity. While some “Christians” may get up in arms over abortion, Jesus is embracing the unwed pregnant mother and whispering in her ear that everything is going to be OK. While some “Christians” turn a blind eye to the poverty-, heartache-, and sorrow-sticken in this country – not even letting them seek refuge in our churches, Jesus is crying out, “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

It is my firm belief that America was not intended to be a “Christian nation”. Otherwise, why did we allow slavery and discrimenation to continue for so long? Otherwise, why did we even rebell against our existing government? Otherwise, why did we continue to fight wars amongst ourselves and our neighbors? If America was intended to be a “Christian Nation” from the beginning, then I don’t think I want “Christians” running my country because they failed miserably. If, on the otherhand, America was founded as a nation where Christian, Jew, and Muslim could all live peaceably together and work together to the betterment of the country and her citizens, then I say we’ve come a long way.

The biggest problem I have, however, with the idea of a “Christian Nation” is that this is the very idea that Jesus was trying to set straight about his Messiahship. Jesus didn’t come to reestablish Israel as God’s holy nation. He didn’t come to unite the Israelites in a revolt against Rome. That’s exactly what he DIDN’T want to do. People didn’t understand that. They were sure that the Messiah was going to come and establish an earthly kingdom the likes of which has never been seen. But when Jesus failed to establish that earthly kingdom, everyone was really disappointed. They didn’t understand that the kingdom of heaven wouldn’t actually be on earth. It’s in heaven. The kingdom of God is the body of believers who have their true citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20), not on earth. The very idea of America being a “Christian Nation” goes directly against what Jesus was trying to set up.

Jesus wanted to make sure that his message was universal. God was now calling all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17), not just those in Israel – and definitely not just those in America. The beauty of Christianity is that we can practice it no matter what type of governing regime we may be living under. In otherwords, I can still be a Christian even if homosexuals are allowed to marry. I can still be a Christian even if women are allowed to teminate their pregnancies. I can be a Christian even if I live in a militant state responsible for the pointless deaths of millions of people. I can be a Christian even if a Democrat were in office. I can be a Christian even if…fill in the blank.

I hear all the time about voting like a Christian should vote. Let me ask you this one: if you were to take a good, hard look at the goings-on in Washington, how could you, as a Christian, give your full fledged support to any it? If democracy is a government by the people, and Christianity is a religion about, well, people, then wouldn’t it make sense that we can make a positive change in government by making a positive change in the people? To me this seems like a much more effective way of improving our country than casting a simple vote for the lesser of two evils.

Wow, this is much longer than I originally meant for it to be. To be honest, this is mainly in response to a church bulletin I just read. As you can tell, I get upset at some things other Christians have to say about politics.

World-wide Politics

This is something I have been meaning to write about for a while now. Being overseas during this time of economic crisis and especially during this huge election season, my eyes have really been opened to how stock the rest of the world puts in the USA. American politics, economics, etc. effect the rest of the world in ways of which I had no idea. I never realized just how much prevalence the American presidential elections have throughout the globe. I guess growing up in small-town America, my worldview was limited to that which was directly around me. Now that I am out of the US, I am beginning to realize the extent of American influence.

Something else I find interesting is that some Americans are the only people in the world who think John McCain should be elected. Everybody, and I mean everybody, I have talked to – from waiters to street vendors – wants Obama to become president. In other words, if the rest of the world could vote in this election, Obama would win by a landslide. I’m not exactly sure why this is, to be honest. Every person gives a different reason – from economic and foreign policies to the way he carries himself in public and during debates. But one thing is clear: Americans are alone in the world in thinking that McCain stands a fighting chance.

Just something to think about.