So, is moderation the cure for our ills? Liberal v. conservative hasn’t been working very well, at least lately. Labels are both badges of honor and liabilities. Both sides are entrenched, convinced that they are the only ones with the correct view of things. I know The Donald thinks compromise is a bad word, but he’s a unique brand of clueless. Hey, but he loves winning. Win all the time. Nothing like winning 24/7. Win, win, win.
Anyway, maybe both sides need to realize that things can’t always go their way. They must know this. Compromise. Moderation. Imperfection. I know it’s a dog-eat-dog world. And principles and all that. But shouldn’t we be trying to turn the Titanic, go for kinder and gentler? Sounds wimpy, but if our Christian faith means anything to us, if it indeed informs our actions and our hearts, then it’s where we need to be headed. And besides, kinder and gentler is its own form of strength.
Stephen Colbert is quoted as saying, “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”
I’m so tired of politicians touting their Christian faith while simultaneously twisting it and shaping it for convenience’ sake. Or just plain not living by it. It could make one think that it really means nothing more to them than what it can offer in political capital. Many of them seem to be living with partial understanding of certain Pentateuchal books heavy on law while conveniently ignoring the New Testament. Cherry-picking texts and verses that appear to support their positions on a variety of social justice issues, all the while ignoring practically all of the Sermon on the Mount.
Maybe we shouldn’t be a Christian nation. How about one nation, under God, and leave it at that?
With liberty and justice for all. Right?