It’s not exactly a secret that I don’t think many so-called “conservative Christians” are, in fact, Christians. I just don’t believe you can be a supporter of the pro-greed, pro-death penalty, pro-gun, anti-helping the poor political party and yet still claim you follow real Christian values. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
In fact, the right-wing takeover (and distortion) of Christianity has done nothing but drive people away from the faith in record numbers. And I don’t blame people for running away from Christianity like it’s the plague. Not when people like this are often “the face” of the religion.
That being said, it’s time for liberal Christians to rise up and reclaim the religion that Republicans have severely tarnished over the last several decades. You see, I am one of tens of millions of liberal Christians in this country – and we’re a hell of a lot more like Jesus than our conservative counterparts. It sickens me that when most people think of Christianity in this country (at least in the political sense) the first people who come to mind are clowns like Mike Huckabee or Ted Cruz.
It’s disgusting and it has to stop. The Republican party represents Christian values about as much as the NRA represents a common sense approach to gun regulations.
Hell, Republicans have become so extreme that several have insinuated Pope Francis doesn’t “get Christianity.”
Which is why I implore liberal and progressive Christians to become more vocal. And by that I don’t mean that we need to force our views on other people. That’s the opposite of faith. Besides, as our First Amendment states, everyone in this country is afforded the freedom of (or from) religion. In other words, religion (or lack thereof) is everyone’s own personal choice and it’s nobody else’s damn business what that choice might be.
Because it’s not faith that corrupts man, it’s man who corrupts faith. The world wouldn’t be better off without billions of people not having faith, but it would be much better off if humans stopped trying to force their views on other people; views that are often influenced by their own corrupt and selfish desires for power and control.
The world in which I want to live is one where Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists and people of any other sort of faith or spiritual belief can stand beside each other and live in peaceful harmony amongst one another, because everyone minds their own damn business when it comes to their own personal views about what happens to us after we die.
Because let’s be honest, that’s really what it all boils down to.
And while there are great sites and groups like The Christian Left or Kissing Fish who fight for liberal Christian causes and to reclaim Christianity from those who distort the faith, we still need to get more vocal. We need more progressive/liberal Christians to start fighting back against the conservative charlatans who, for far too long, have driven away millions of people from a faith by misrepresenting the true values for which it stands.
True Christian values include love, hope, acceptance, providing for the needy and helping the poor – not hate, fear, judgement and vilifying the most vulnerable among us as moochers just looking for a handout.
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