It’s time to revisit a topic as old as the Republic itself. A battle for the soul of the Republic is heating up. It isn’t a new battle, it isn’t an unforeseen battle, and it isn’t a moral battle. As with most battles, both sides wallow in the gutter of self-indulgence while claiming the moral high ground. That battle, of course, is between a group who call themselves the “Christian Right” and who call themselves the “Christian Left.”
Firstly, let’s get something straight. There is no “Christian Right” and “Christian Left” in Christ’s Kingdom. Those are terms for political entities, certainly not for Christian entities. Both these entities believe that Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state” was only created to keep the other guy’s “Christianity” out of the government. Their own brand of “Christianity” is just the cat’s meow and as such, ought to be the law of the land. Each can back that up with the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Balderdash!
If you are a Christian, you are a follower of Christ. You may call yourself a Christian and not be so. You may call yourself a Christian because you were raised going to church once, or twice, or more per week and that’s just the way you do it now. You may call yourself a Christian because you have been told you are the citizen of a “Christian Nation” and that makes you a Christian. You may even call yourself a Christian because you take communion and say confession at all the right times. But, those acts do not make you a follower of Christ and, therefore, don’t make you a Christian.
If you are a Christian; you know that abortion is wrong, you know that men having sex with men and women having sex with women is wrong, that people having sex with dogs is wrong. You know that taking the name of God in vain is wrong and that worshiping any other deity is wrong. You also know that disrespecting your mother and father are wrong and that putting them in a home because they are inconvenient to your lifestyle is wrong. That divorce is wrong and that having sex outside the marriage bed is wrong. Whether you label yourself Christian Right or Christian Left, if you are a Christian, you know these things to be wrong. Now, those of you who claim the “Left”; tell me, which of these wrongs belong in the law? Are you a follower of Christ, or are you just another one of those “Magic Christians?” There is no Christian Left, only Christian or not Christian.
Likewise, if you are Christian you know that it is wrong not to feed the hungry, to heal the sick, and to shelter the homeless. You know it is wrong to fail to care for the widows and orphans, to reach out to the harlots and lepers, and to sup with the tax collectors and Pharisees alike. If you are a Christian you know that Christianity is a social thing, and that your responsibility knows no bounds when it comes to ministering to those less fortunate and, yes, even less holy. Whether you label yourself Christian Right or Christian Left, you know these tasks to be the duty of the Christian as a follower of Christ. So tell me, those of you on the “Right”; how is it that you get to decide that those things you think to be “godly” get to be law, but feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and sheltering the homeless isn’t quite Christ like enough to make the grade? Are you a follower of Christ, or just another of those “Magic Christians?” There is no Christian Right, only Christian or not Christian.
As for me, I leave it to you on the Christian Left and Christian Right to point your fingers at the other in your claims that they aren’t “really Christians.” I leave your abortion, your adultery, your parents, and your dealings with the homeless, sick, and poor between you and Jesus Christ. I will keep you both out of my government as long as I can.
To you on the Left who want to make this a Christian nation by forcing Christian and non-Christian alike to give to the charities you deem appropriate through force of the tax system and you on the Right who want to make this a Christian nation by forcing the select morals that you think important on Christian and non-Christian alike I say this. If you would all worry a little less about making this a Christian nation and worry a little more about making this a nation of Christians two benefits would be derived. We’d have no more poor, homeless, and uncared for sick, no more abortions, gay marriages, or neglected aged; and you’d be a follower of Christ.
I’d like to claim all these ideas and words as my own. But; brother and sister Christian; if you know your Word as well as you know your Constitution, you know I can’t.