I have felt the Religious Right in American politics has been wrong for a long time, but I have never been able to fully articulate why. It is the middle of the night on January 11, 2006, and I had the strangest dream about my pastor Greg, and somehow, the thoughts have come together and I am typing as fast as I can to get them down. I hope it works.
Whether it comes to abortion, stem cell research, gays, or creationism in schools, the religious right consistently weights in on these issues from a legal, and legislative perspective. They may be scriptially correct, with their hands on their Bible, but whether they know it tor not, hey are doing Christianity much more harm than good.
Each and every one of these issues without exception are deeply divisive issues in our country. Let’s just take one as an example since my argument is the same for each of them. I’ll pick abortion. First off, let me say that I am quite religious, and I personally believe that abortion is killing a live baby, and it is wrong. Although it says it in the bible, I don’t need the bible to tell me that this activity is wrong. If I had children, or someone asked me for advice on this subject, there are few circumstances in which I can envision that I would counsel for abortion. I am opposed to abortion.
Being a male, I will never have the opportunity to experience an abortion, but I would imagine after a woman has an abortion, there is a lot of natural guilt involved. If someone came to me after they had recently abortion, I would not choose to lecture them on scripture and abortion. I would tell them that God loves them and He is a forgiving God.
Here’s my revelation. God has two faces. First and foremost, God is a forgiving God, that is just waiting to forgive our sins in exchange for eternal salvation. This is the Good News of the Christian relgion – The Redemptive Power of Jesus Chirst. Secondly, Jesus was perfection personified. We all fall short of this unattainable glory, and at times, God can be quite judgemental in the manners in which we fall short of his glory.
What the Christian Right has wrong (pun intended) is that our job as Believers is to help other’s find salvation. This should be our #1 goal, and any other goal is entirely secondary to this first goal. The Christian Right is neglecting this goal, in favor of other goals, and in fact, I would argue they are doing a lot of harm to goal #1. To the unchurched, the Christian Right are painting God as a judgemental God, and that sinners in some bizarre way are unworthy of God’s love.
The way to bring more people into the kingdom is by helping the unchurched see God’s forgiving face. Once people see and feel the redemptive power of God’s forgiveness, all the rest happens naturally. But the Christian Right spends all of its time showing God’s judgemental face, by choosing (creating?) divisive issues and disharmony in our country in the name of God. Of course this is wrong, God almost by definition is a uniting force not a dividing one. God wants everyone of His children to feel his forgiveness, and to know that he is a forgiving God.
For all of these reasons and more, I reject the political posturing of the Christian Right, and I ask God to forgive them because they have really lost their way on to what they are trying to accomplish and what God’s purpose is. God in heaven, please forgive the Christian Right. And do it fast.