Why I am a Christian Democrat

A friend recently watched, helpless and aggrieved, as her husband—a philosophy professor at a conservative Christian university—was pummeled online for co-writing an essay with a fellow professor on why they will not vote for Mitt Romney. Many readers claimed to be disgraced, disgusted, and just plain flummoxed as to how professing Christians could argue against voting for Romney on the basis of economic policies that, in the professors’ opinion, are detrimental to our nation’s poor.

These dissenting commenters argued for a government focused primarily on defense, for “fair” economic policies that let people keep what they earn, for the government’s absolute inability to help poor people anyway, and for making abortion the primary measure that Christians use to evaluate candidates’ platforms. A clear subtext underlay all of these arguments: Real Christians vote Republican, and the faith of anyone who doesn’t vote for Romney is suspect, because they have failed to put “Biblical” values above political, economic, and social concerns.

I am a Christian, and a registered Democrat who will vote, again, for Obama on November 6. I’d like to refute this most dangerous subtext—that real Christians vote Republican—by explaining, in broad terms, why I am a Democrat.

I am a Democrat because, in many churches (including mine), being a Christian Democrat is not an oxymoron. None of us practice a pure faith. Our faith is always influenced by both the Christian and wider cultures in which we live. I have spent my whole life worshipping in churches that lean left, where being a Christian and a Democrat is neither remarkable nor unusual. But conservative evangelicals, and to some extent the media, continue to put forth the fallacy that a “Christian” voter is a conservative evangelical voter, equating the evangelical subculture with the wider church. Underlying this fallacy is an assumption that anyone who fails to see a straight line connecting their faith tenets to the Republican party platform must have an insubstantial, lip-service faith corrupted by cultural influences. This assumption is dangerous, but mostly, it’s just wrong.

I am a Democrat because I understand that theological conservatism and political conservatism are two different things. I am theologically conservative, meaning that I believe all that stuff in the Nicene Creed about the virgin birth and the resurrection. Especially the resurrection. But theological conservatism and political/social conservatism are entirely different things. Jesus was not conservative or liberal, and the idea that Jesus would identify wholly with either of our political parties is ludicrous. But Jesus was radical. Jesus turned the values of his world and ours (giving priority to the pursuit of wealth and comfort, might makes right, individual success over the common good) upside down. I am not radical enough for Jesus (most of us, regardless of party affiliation, aren’t), and I certainly don’t think the Democratic Party platform is radical enough for Jesus. But as a follower of the incarnate God who put the last first, whose ministry focused on those on the margins of his culture, I align myself with the political party that most consistently puts the interests of marginalized Americans on their national agenda.

I am a Democrat because I daily appreciate the ways in which government improves individual lives and the common good. I harbor no illusions that our government is, or is likely to become, a paragon of efficiency, honesty, and effectiveness. But looked at through global and historical lenses, the extent to which our democratic (lower case “d”) government provides safety and opportunity to its citizens is remarkable. In much of the world, the government-funded resources available here (well-kept roads, food stamps, free public schools, unemployment insurance, relatively effective and non-corrupt law enforcement, etc.) simply don’t exist. Governments can do horrid things in the name of the common good, but our government often manages to do much of value for the common good. Today’s Democratic Party appears more willing than the Republican Party to believe that government has a responsibility to use its power for the common good, rather than leaving that good solely in the hands of a diverse (and divided) citizenry, or the free market.

I am a Democrat because I see a difference between “fairness” and “justice.” I was struck, in reading the comments to my colleague’s husband’s essay, by how many people called for “fair” economic policies. “Fair” appeared to mean that those who obtain much wealth are not asked to give a good chunk of it up to help those who have little. But in God’s math, we don’t always get what is fair or what we deserve by the world’s standards, either for our hard work (e.g., the parable of the day laborers, Matthew 20:1–16) or our sinfulness. God is not about fairness. God is about justice. God is about all people being treated with dignity as those made in God’s image, about extravagant generosity regardless of merit, about those stuck in bad luck or the consequences of bad decisions getting second (and third and fourth and seventy-seventh) chances, about everyone giving out of what they have so that all have what they need (e.g., the Loaves and Fishes, Matthew 14:13–21). It may be unfair for the very wealthy to be taxed at a higher rate than the middle class, but in God’s economy, it is just.

I am a Democrat because “Biblical” values are far from clear cut, so I focus on what Jesus chose to focus on in his earthly ministry. Jesus understood, I think, that our holy scriptures are not always consistent when it comes to details, even such important details as the character of God (Did the same God who called the little children to him really mastermind the murder of every first-born son of the Egyptians?*). So Jesus made it simple for us. Jesus said there are two things we must do: Love God. Love our neighbors as ourselves. To figure out in practical terms what it means to love God and others, we look to what Jesus did and said, searching for common threads. The most obvious common thread is that Jesus continually reached out and offered hospitality, healing, hope, and help to those who were poor, sick, powerless, or reviled.

Jesus’s continual emphasis on our duty toward the poor and marginalized is most beautifully and memorably expressed in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31–46). Jesus says, quite simply, that any time we offer concrete help to someone suffering from hunger or cold or imprisonment or sickness or lack of welcome, we are loving God. And Jesus doesn’t instruct us to first decide if those in need of a cloak or a drink of water deserve our help. Jesus doesn’t say we can first figure out whether it’s fair to ask me to give away my only cloak or offer a stranger a drink from the well I built with my own two hands, with my wealth, to nurture me and my family.

Time and time and time again, Jesus put caring for “the least of these” at the center of his ministry and his message. These days, neither party is doing a particularly good job of making the poor central to their message, preferring to focus instead on the middle class, who are more likely than the poor to vote. But when it comes time for me to color in a circle on my voting card, I’m going to choose the candidate whose party has shown, most recently via the adoption of universal health care, that it takes seriously our societal obligation to care for those who cannot, for whatever reason, care adequately for themselves.

I am a Democrat because adequately caring for the least of these requires some government support. Many Republican Christians argue that Jesus’s mandate to care for the “least of these” was meant for his followers, not for our governments. Let individuals and churches care for the poor, they say, and let the government perform a limited role, primarily in defense. Although I believe that all Christians and churches (including me and my church) could do much more for the poor and marginalized than we are doing, we are also limited to providing help within our cultural, societal, and governmental structures.

We can drive a sick, uninsured child to a hospital, but if a long hospitalization or surgery is required, that child’s parents will have to either scrape together thousands or dollars (and perhaps eventually lose their home or declare bankruptcy as a result) or hope that the hospital has charity funds available. We can help an immigrant learn English and a marketable skill, but if the law doesn’t offer him a reasonable avenue toward legal work status, we can’t help him get a job that will support a family.  We can provide pregnancy counseling and baby supplies to a young unwed mother, but if that mother is unable to afford groceries, decent housing, quality daycare, and additional education for herself , she and her child will likely end up in unsafe housing, poorly nourished, un- or underemployed, and stuck in a cycle of poverty that isn’t just a problem for that family, but (in God’s economy) for all of us. Without government safety nets such as subsidized housing and daycare, food stamps, education grants, health insurance, and support for immigrants, private charity can only do so much to ease the burden of poverty.

Our government is far from perfect, but it is still, in my mind, the greatest example of the good that be done via a democratic government of, by, and for the people. As Christians, we have an obligation to care for all of God’s people—even when it doesn’t seem quite fair; even when poverty results from a toxic and convoluted mix of a sinful communal history, bad or nonexistent policies, and poor personal decisions; even when our initial efforts to fix a problem as big as our nation’s healthcare inequalities might be clumsy and in need of fine-tuning.

To put it simply, I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party is doing more than the Republican Party to care for the “least of these,” however imperfectly. And Jesus made it absolutely clear that caring for the least of these is central to our identity as his followers.

* I revised this sentence to correct an error in the first draft, in which I referred to the murder “of the innocents,” not the murder of all of Egypt’s first-born sons as told in Exodus 12:12). The murder of the innocents refers to Herod the Great’s murder of first-born sons after the birth of Jesus.

 

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  • Benjamín Joel Fleet

    The Bible commands that homosexuals, non-Christians, people of other religions, adulterers, women who have sex before marriage, and many other people are to be put to death. There is also the story of Elisha where he curses children in the name of the Lord for making fun of his baldness, so God sent 2 female bears to brutally dismember the 42 young boys.

    The morals of these laws/stories are in complete contradiction with the teachings of Jesus. Explain to me how this is “clear cut”.

  • Amy Hoag

    I too am a Christian Democrat and can respect all my brothers and sisters in Christ who choose to vote in a different manner than they might. I have faced experiences where those well-meaning people equate how you vote with how what kind of a Christian you are. I feel as voter that if I read information out there and make my own mind on what I want to vote on then that’s responsible voting. I expect however to be treated in a respectful manner for voting and for making up my own mind. The experiences I have had though at times become about what I don’t understand and are disrespectful to me on both on what kind of Christian I am and not on the choice that I have to make up my own mind. It’s not okay to be rude and judgmental and that happens way too much.God can judge me but I don’t need other followers doing that while here on earth…

  • http://stephenmatlock.com/ stephen matlock

    Oddly enough, people differ on whether the Democratic party or the Republican party best represents the heart of Jesus. I see it as a mix–Republicans include some things I like, and Democrats include some things I like. I was a Republican for 40+ years, including my service as a (minor) elected official in the Republican party, and left the Republican party completely in 2012, voting for my first Democrat ever (except for a slip-up in 1974 on my ballot).

    It’s possible to vote for Democrats and worship the risen Christ, the Lord of Life.

    I’m not sure why you feel it necessary to descend to name-calling. It doesn’t help your cause, and it doesn’t reflect well on you.

  • Benjamín Joel Fleet

    Even Pat Robertson believes that young earth theory is complete nonsense. Times have changed, and science, which I consider the study of our creator and creation as whole, has proven definitively that young earth creation is a false teaching. I, too, used to believe in a young earth, but that was before my brain had developed enough to study the topic for myself. I encourage you to read up on the facts without fear of it hurting your faith. If you have to avoid science to maintain your faith, then your faith is weak. God Bless.

  • Candace

    Trina, I disagree completely with your assessment of our President. Turn off Fox Noise and pay attention. Obama cares deeply for those who are struggling to survive, the sick, the elderly and our children.

  • Sharon

    I think your reply is an abomination. Use your brain before you speak.

  • JenniferGerber

    Wow. Step away from the Fox News there buddy.

    • Jo316

      Fox News? No sir, its called the Word of God. How you could possibly confuse or combine the two is baffling.

  • JenniferGerber

    I find it hilarious that you use the “feed a man a fish..teach a man to fish” example right after talking about Jesus-who indeed FED men fish. Quite literally.

  • JenniferGerber

    Government dependence! Welfare state! Food Stamps Pharaoh! Their liberal media probably told those poor Egyptians that it was okay, too. 😉

  • JenniferGerber

    CA should be much easier to find an open church than some of us in more conservative states are dealing with. Try United Methodist for starters. Disciples of Christ also may be a good denomination for you. Check the church’s websites before you go. Anything that says they are “affirming” or “open” is likely a good sign.

  • MJS

    An amazing piece and I wish I could verbalize to people exactly what you said when they question me about my beliefs-not that it really is any of their business. Thank you for this piece. -oh and God Bless!

  • RPlavo .

    Yes, amazing how the Dems have capitulated to Planned Parenthood ($$$) on this

  • Nimblewill

    To label myself as either, is to simply further divide the Church. One day we will get over labels and unite in Christ. Until then, I’m calling myself a Jesusian. In Him there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, Republican or Democrat.

  • Michelle Campbell Varriano

    Dave I was ready to answer your belief that only lazy people are poor. I suspect a waste of time as you see everyone only through your life experiences. Live a little be curious, stop criticizing what you have no clue about. I could try to explain but as I said I think a waste of time.

  • Nimblewill

    I can see good and bad in each. Kinda like eating from a tree of good and bad!

  • $105158253

    Supporting the killing of innocent life for convenience and comfort and affirming sinful behavior and denying Gods created order is not Christian. Anyone who tries to reconcile it are in abject denial.

    • Proud Amelekite

      Bowing before the altar of Mammon, supporting the death penalty and military action, and taking steps to support the rich at the expense of the poor is also not very Christian. So neither political party of the US can be called Christian, whole sale.

  • elceecee

    Must be great to be as omnipotent as God. Me, I wouldn’t presume to know what God thinks or feels. But I do know, when I stand at the pearly gates and I’m asked if loved my neighbor as myself, if I fed and clothed the poor, if I ministered to the least of us, I can answer yes. You, Jo316, if I were you, I might worry a bit. While you were busy quoting scripture in your missive above, you seemed to forget the part about taking care of your brother.

    • Jo316

      This has nothing to do with knowing or presuming to know what God thinks, it is what GOD SAYS- you like many others are basing your Salvation on what you do and how you act- it accounts for nothing. Salvation is never performance based- “no confidence in the flesh”. If you have not been regenerated by God, and have not accepted Jesus as your LORD and Savior, your salvation is presumed. Go you know what Jesus is LORD means? Read Revelation 22:13-15- We are commanded not to be tellers and lovers of lies- a political party which bans God’s name and presence, supports infantocide, and tolerates behavior God considers detestable, is without a doubt loving a lie. Pray for the Holy Spirit that you may then understand the Scriptures and obey them. ( 1 Corinthians 2:14) God does not conform His will to the whims and pleasures of man- we conform ours to His.

      • elceecee

        Your hubris is really quite amazing. You do believe that you, and only you, know what God wants, believes or says.

        I am basing my salvation on the word of Jesus, nothing more, nothing less, which says do for others and take care of my brothers and sisters. I can turn your Revelations verse back on you– you support a party that wants to turn people out in the street, deny them food, health care, education, equal rights, trashes our environment, loves the fetus, but won’t take care of the actual child (must be his/her fault that he/she is born poor)– should I continue? Now tell me how that meshes with Jesus’ actual teachings.

        You– I would suggest maybe a little humility would go a long way. People like you are giving the rest of us a bad name. People equate all Christians with you. It’s not true and I am sick of it. Instead of sitting in church feeling morally superior, maybe volunteering at a food bank, or a soup kitchen, or a nursing home, or a hospital would help a bit with your arrogance.

        • Jo316

          my dear friend, your misperceptions and presumptions extend far past your personal beliefs. I do not support any political party, for one commits the crimes and the other drives the get away car. I am not a “Christian”, either, I am a believer in the “word of God”, and only intend to expose the dishonor brought to Him by people who portray Him falsely and conveniently. I do not attend any church, something you would never understand. I have not given anyone here a bad name, I am giving their theological assessments the rebuking which is due. If there is one thing you better understand is, you cannot work your way into heaven in the ways you suggest of being nice, doing good deeds, going to church, praying rosaries, and donating to food banks. Do you not understand that when anyone concludes that they must do good deeds to earn salvation, it is telling Jesus His death at Calvary was insufficient? No man can earn, work, or good deed His way to salvation. Jesus paid the price, and when works are deemed a necessary addition to that, it dishonors our Savior. Read John 3, and you will note the twin parallel truths of God’s sovereign will thru the Holy Spirit, and man’s responsibility to believe. The problem Nicodemus had is the same as it is here, he could not get past what he was stuck on in His own head. I will assure you and everyone else who cheerleads for political parties this: Whether it is Obama, Clinton, Bush, or Homer Simpson, God will work His will through anyone He chooses, when He chooses. His judgment will fall on a nation just as certain and severe through one as another. It makes no difference if there are 4 democrats in congress or 400. When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, did it matter who the leaders were? No, what mattered is that the people rejected our one true God. I merely suggest here, people have a lot of Bible understanding to acquire because what I am reading is nothing more than slamming the door on what God says, and disgracing His Holy Word. If the truth be unsettling and offensive, and you want to argue, bring your positions to God, He wrote the Bible, not me.

  • elceecee

    Try the United Church of Christ aka Congregationalists. Everyone is welcome at God’s table. We have openly gay clergy, male and female, and families of all types.

    • Jo316

      what an utter shame this is… I encourage you to seek the truth about the church Jesus promised He will build, and compare it to your definition. I assure you there are no similarities in the least. God’s table? Please tell me what table God would sit at with people who consider Him an object of their self gratifying beliefs.

  • Jo316

    Let me put it this way, God’s moral authority and commands supersede the laws of man. For example, one can go to a court and get a divorce which is accepted, approved and lawful according to society. Regardless, God does not recognize human approved documents, and therefore the divorce does not stand unless for the reason Jesus states. The Bible does not teach religion, it teaches Jesus beginning to end. Too many of us profess Jesus, and yet have no idea of His teachings. One cannot claim to love Jesus and not know what He commands. He measures our love for Him in one way only: faithful obedience to His commands. There is no other way, no middle ground, nor compromises. You will find this throughout the book of John. The Bible is not a book of suggestions with options, nor is it open to human opinion and selective choosing of what we want to obey and what we do not. When one rejects one word of the Bible, they reject all of it, as it is disobedience to what Jesus gave us in the greatest command. Any behavior or choice which violates or contradicts God’s moral character, is sin. It is overwhelmingly obvious that political parties promote Godless beliefs and behavior, especially those which seek to ban His Holy name.

  • Jo316

    I encourage all who use the word “church” to know exactly what Jesus said He would build in Matthew 16. It has nothing to do with a visible building and the doctrines within it people blindly and willingly follow. Man has no power within himself to become a member of the body of Jesus. (John 6:44) A visible church is not required to spread the Gospel. Not one Apostle was a resident minister preaching to the choir Sunday after Sunday. Jesus did not build a visible church to preach in, He preached to build His church (ekklesia).

  • Jo316

    Jesus was? Jesus IS my friend, not was. He is alive and resides in Heaven. Please provide emperical Bible evidence that Jesus is a liberal.

  • Jo316

    My dear friends,
    Jesus demonstrates ultimate love, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness to sinners. This is illustrated throughout the Bible. However, it is worth noting His attitude and approach towards “hypocrites”.

  • Jo316

    It is distressful to read the posts here, and how people cling to the intellectual portrait of Jesus they fingerpaint in their minds. Let’s be honest, each post portrays Jesus as the individual conveniently thinks He is or should be, and not THE way, THE truth, and THE life, He says He is. (John 14:6) The obvious question we must ask is, if there is only ONE truth, how can there be so many varying portraits displayed on this page? is that not revealing enough? I think, I feel, I want, its all about personal feelings and nothing about what GOD SAYS.

    Referring to Jesus as a liberal, is utter dishonor. Jesus is the “word of God”, who in life and death did the will of our Father. (Hebrews 4:12; John 5:30) How can anyone possibly associate Jesus with evil political institutions which utterly thrive on and breed hypocricy? How can anyone compare what is evil to Jesus? Jesus is Holy, not political, nor are his teachings remotely political in nature. In fact, we learn from the Bible, that He clearly disassoicates Himself from the civil. (Mark 17:12) Jesus, and everything about Him never has anything in common with or is connected to human origin, worldly principles, and carnal emotions. (Matthew 15:7-9) The Bible cannot be intellectualized nor discerned with human effort. It requires the possession of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

    Blending the supernatural with the natural, is an exercise in futility. It does not work, and no man can make it work. One cannot keep one foot in the world, and the other in righteous submission to Jesus. (Matthew 6:24) He makes it clear, and yet people insist on their own ideas and methods. (Proverbs 16:1-3) Love for Jesus is doing what He says, and one of His commands is not to love the world or anything of the world. (Luke 6:46; 1 John 2:15) We are not our own judges, in fact, we are not even our own. ( 1 Corinthians 6:19) The next time you feel you have the right to terminate what God created or that God follows the every whim of man, ponder that Scripture and go back and read about Cain.

    Please stop paying attention to what you hear in churches, and instead heed the word of God. Get out of heretical books written by theological numbskulls like Bill O’Reilly and get into the Bible authored by God. Investing loyalty in popes, priests, preachers, secular characters, and our own “good deeds” is a dangerous practice. Every man is a liar, God says so, and if we are going to profess love for Jesus with mere words, cheerleading, and being a good person, we fall very short of acheiving genuine discipleship. Jesus measures our love solely by our faithful obedience to Him, and to Him only. (John 14:23)

    Jesus gives us two great commandments. (Matthew 22:36-39) It requires man to flush from his heart ALL self, ALL personal lusts and desires, and ALL worldly elements which are an enmity to God. (Luke 9:23-24) Once the heart is flushed of the carnal, we can ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit, whom without, we cannot understand the Bible, be justified, sanctified, and regenerated to name a few. This is all revealed throughout the New Testament, and we can read and learn it for ourselves if we make the commanded diligent effort.( 2 Timothy 2:15; Matthew 22:29)

    Sitting in the pews every day, obeying the pope, adhering to vatican papers or church doctrine, donating money, and all these other worldly “good deeds” mean nothing, unless a person is truly converted by the Holy Spirit through the divine will of God. Jesus is clear cut; there is no other way. ( 1 John 4:1; John 3:1-15)

    True “born again” is a great change made in the heart of a sinner, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It means that something is done in us, and for us, which we cannot do for ourselves. We cannot otherwise expect any benefit by Jesus; it is necessary to our happiness here and hereafter.

    A “good” man desires to know what the will of God is, and to do it, though against his own worldly interest. (Matthew 7:21) A change in his whole character and conduct has taken place. The love of God is shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Spirit, and is become the commanding principle of his actions. Anything of the world, the pleasures, amusement, and spectacle it offers is irrelevant in a true born again disciple. Anyone who has received this supernatural phenomena knows, that there is no mistaking this gift from God of His divine grace from any other human experience.

    This is not my opinion here, it is what GOD SAYS; read it for yourself in His Holy Book. This is encouragement, and nothing else but, and it comes directly from the only voice that matters; God’s.

    • http://ellenpainterdollar.com/ Ellen Painter Dollar

      1. Please stop saying things like “My dear,” as you have in previous comments. It is rude and condescending.
      2. If you think this post or many of the reactions to it are arguing that Jesus was a liberal, you have completely missed the point.
      3. You are teetering on the edge of violating my comment policy, by being condescending to other readers and claiming that you speak for God and not yourself. Actually, you have violated my comment policy by doing both of those things. I have not deleted your comments because you have stopped short of outright rudeness, but you are close and I’d suggest you quit while you are ahead.
      4. It befuddles me every time someone posts this long diatribes about how we Christians are doing it ALL WRONG…and then admits that, actually they aren’t a Christian, or they don’t go to church or whatever. You have just ceded any tiny smidge of authority you might have had.
      5. I suggest you not reply to this or any other comments because my patience has run out (see #3 above) and you will be wasting your time.

      • Jo316

        I have said all that needs to be said here, and will never post a word on this heretical site again. You and everyone else are free to choose what you think is the truth, and what is the truth. For your information, Jesus never referred to His followers as Christians, and if you took one hour of your time to compare the church Jesus promised to build and the visible church, you would have a better understanding of why some do not participate in institutions which promote pagan holidays, vain worship, and nothing but people pleasing practices. The word Jesus uses, and man’s word is like substituting the word family, with the word skyscraper. I would fully expect you to delete my comments, as it is evident that the people you call Christians are not interested in the truth as prophesied in.(2 Timothy 4:2-3). I do not and will never apologize for presenting the Holy Word of God as it is authored, written, and intended by God. There is only ONE truth, and it is not mine, yours, the church’s, or whatever pleases us. Truth is absolute, not relative as portrayed on this site, so if you want to silence someone who is only trying to present the truth, go right ahead.

        • http://ellenpainterdollar.com/ Ellen Painter Dollar

          I am so sorry that you have cut yourself off from the gift of Christian community, and reduced the Christian faith from a relationship with the living God and God’s people to a quest for an objective “truth” that, conveniently, only you have access to. I mean that. I really am sorry. You’re missing out on the rich and life-giving, if flawed, life of the church. I don’t delete comments that oppose my opinion. I delete comments that are rude, libelous, slanderous, condescending, false, misleading, or in which people claim to speak for God. I’m going to leave your comments up, as I said before, because while you have indeed violated the policy, you did so just barely. I just wanted to forewarn you that you were treading close to the line.

          • Jo316

            Sometimes, toning it down is inescapable. I ask you how a relationship with the “living God” is even possible without faithful obedience, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God? I also ask how is providing specific God authored statements the “objective” truth. Is God’s Word and authority not absolute in truth? Will you at least read the Scriptures which I provided before determining they are my words, and not from God Himself? Regardless of how either of us define truth, it is as “conveniently” available to others as it is to me; it is the Bible. Again, I do not apologize for positively presenting the “word of God” and the truth in the Gospel of Jesus. It is distressful to me how humans will uphold the protection of others feelings and emotions, and disregard the shame put upon Jesus by portraying Him as one of many truths, or defining Him with worldly labels. Our Lord tells us, deny me, and I will deny you. He is the judge of that not me, and I think encouragement to proper worship and discipleship is needed.

      • Jo316

        One last thing, please direct me to one example of when Jesus silenced or threatened to silence views which opposed His.

  • DocsWife

    Thank you for this. I am a believer registered as a Republican. I also work in social services. When you put all of this together, you might wonder how I vote -you’d be surprised. Your piece provided some good food for thought and I’m still chewing.

  • BW

    Awesome article!