Sunday, January 29, 2012

Until further notice

I'm going to be offline for the next few days. A mishap involving a Springer Spaniel, a Kindle Fire and my computer resulted in the power jack to my computer being bent completely in half. The good news is that only that piece was hurt, and I'm actually writing this on my computer. However, I'm rationing the battery while awaiting the new power cord, which gives me the perfect opportunity to practice what I preach about turning myself off from technology for a while. Spending the time meditating and studying and saturating myself in books with actual pages to turn, writing on paper with...what do you call them? Oh yeah, pens.

So while you all enjoy the world wide web, I'll see you later in the week.
In the meantime, because I've had a few conversations recently with people who have wanted to pigeon-hole me (and all Evangelical Christians) here are five things which makes it difficult to align myself with any political party. I realize these are not necessarily popular views and, though they aren't make it or break it issues, but what I believe.
1. The Kingdom of Heaven is far more important than the United States of America.
2. I believe in the sanctity of life--in the life of the unborn, the elderly, the accused and even our enemies. For each of us and all of us, God is sovereign. To be more blunt, I am pro-life, anti-death penalty.  
3. I take seriously that the words of Jesus, "Give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar..." means ALL people. There are no loopholes in His economy. Not for the rich, the poor or the in-between. (By the way, I also find it unbelievable that corporations are defined as--and therefore given the rights of--individuals!)
4. We are told that "In the world you will have tribulation, but be encouraged, I have overcome the world." Jesus tells us that in the old covenant an eye for an eye was the given way, but as His followers, we are NOTto respond in the old way. I see no way to read His words without believing He means us to practice peace. So yes, I am a pacifist. That said, I respect those who fight, who feel called to fight, especially those who believe in 'Just War' as a theological ideology. And I pray for them. Of course.
5. This world is God' Creation. He gave us responsibility to care for it. We don't care for it because we own it but because it's HIS. And we must care for those who live in it.

Ultimately, when we look at any political issue, we must look at it through the lens of scripture, knowing our citizenship is in Heaven.

And, because J and I watched "Forrest Gump" this afternoon, I'll say, "That's all I have to say about that.

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