Some things regarding politics and Christianity seem so obvious to me. Such as, hateful and mean rhetoric is not something Jesus espoused, yet it permeates political speech. Or, how does ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ not translate into a generosity of spirit to those considered ‘others?’ And the fear mongering is out of control. Everywhere you look people are preying on the fears of those who have never quite understood, that perfect love drives out fear. Fear is a manipulative motivator that plays on the apathy and ignorance of people. Fear is promulgated by those who are not just ‘in the world,’ but ‘are of the world.’ Christians should not allow themselves to be in a position to help stir up hatred and fear toward any group, yet, there they are. Jesus taught, ‘love your enemies, and do good to those who hate.’ Juxtapose that against this political campaign season. It doesn’t jive one iota. This doesn’t apply to just the rhetoric either, it applies to policy as well.
I don’t want my heart filled with bigotry and prejudice against the ‘others.’ Consequently, I cannot be a part of a party that permits, without consequence, the hateful, ignorant, bigoted, and mysogynistic leadership. At times it is difficult enough for me to keep myself in check. They say you are known by the company you keep, and the last thing I need is guilt by association in the eyes of those looking for a better way. I want to reflect the one who said, ‘…but the greatest of these is love.’
“Finally… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, …if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”