A Biblical Worldview: Kevin H.
I believe the acceptance and enactment of abortion (outside of extreme cases) in this country is a dark, shameful wickedness.
I have serious concerns about the pressures and influences that some within the LGBTQ+ lobby push on our society, especially as to how it can affect impressionable children.
I’ve got concerns of religious liberties slowly being chipped away in our country.
I’ve got concerns of government overreach in seemingly increasing areas of life and society year after year.
I’ve got significant concerns of the corruption that exists in Big Pharma, Big Medical, Big Tech, etc., and the manner in which they at times seem to work in conjunction with the government and Hollywood and other elites to exert undue influence, manipulation, and control.
So I share many of the same political and cultural concerns with my companions who are political and theological conservatives.
But here’s the thing …as a Christian, just because “they” on the other side not only support things that I believe to be wrong but also sometimes take wrongful actions in supporting and justifying them, it does not in any way whatsoever justify wrongful actions on my end in battling against them or in returning wrong for wrong in order to keep the game “fair”.
Jesus says blessed are the meek, merciful, peacemakers, and those persecuted for righteousness sake. He says to turn the other cheek and walk the extra mile and love our enemies. He tells us to think of others and treat them the way we would like to be treated, once again even including our enemies. He says the world should know us for our love.
God’s Word tells us we should have the attitude of Jesus, who despite being God, did not claim His due rights and privileges as such, and humbled Himself, even to the point of death on a cross. The Bible also tells us that the freedom we have in Christ frees us from the burden of sin and frees us to live in the Spirit, manifesting in love, peace, patience, kindness, and more. And God’s Word tells us over and over that we are to speak truth, even when it may not be popular or convenient to do so.
Therefore, just because I have concerns with some of the ways of the world, I cannot return fire with fire or play favorites or rationalize my methods of battle, because those are not the ways of Jesus.
Consequently, I will seek to honor and build the Kingdom of God and not conflate it with any earthly kingdom, political party, or political philosophy.
I will not slander those with whom I have political disagreement and I will be careful to not spread information that casts them in a negative light if I can’t first confirm with some certainty that it is true.
I will not speak with any level of certainty that “they” are out to get us and control us unless I have evidence specific to the situation that someone actually has malicious or controlling intent.
I will not ignore, justify, or even applaud un-Christ-like behavior and actions by those I politically support because I believe it to be advantageous in achieving other wishes I have deemed to be righteous.
I will not continuously rail on the wrongdoings and the people of the “other side” while ignoring or justifying the wrongs done by the people on “my side”.
I will not say that God is judging America when my political opponents are in office and say that God is saving America when my political favorites are in office, because, really, who the heck am I to speak for God on something He has not directly spoken to?
I will seek to place my focus on teaching my children the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s precepts rather than focusing on battling those elements outside the church and/or of our culture that I think teach otherwise.
I will seek to place my focus on helping and serving, especially those in need, and supporting those organizations that do likewise, rather than focusing on gaining earthly political power or winning earthly political battles.
I will place special focus on looking out for the refugee, needy, and least of these, just as Jesus did and taught, and trying to find and support ways to help them, both inside and outside of politics, rather than focusing on demonizing them for things they may do wrong because it advances my political arguments.
I will seek to look out for the welfare of others before I get concerned with any rights of my own.
I will appreciate the expertise God has gifted upon the experts rather than disregarding or even rejecting God’s gifts because I have decided that the experts are just out to manipulate and control us, unless I once again have specific and verifiable evidence of such. I will fairly recognize when information from experts is verifiable and soundly conducted and largely recommended or supported by many, rather than clinging to information that fits my preconceived ideas but is favored by only a very small minority of actual experts and/or is poorly documented or substantiated. I will seek to be aware when politics may be unduly influencing my thinking on such things, even when I think that they aren’t, because politics can often be the enemy of loving my neighbor.
I will seek to find and speak truth in all situations, regardless of what the political implications may be and how they may affect my political desires.
I will seek to speak to wrongful actions and the need to repent of them, rather than attacking people themselves, and I will not assign negative attributes to people’s behavior and/or character unless they consistently show themselves to be of such behavior and character.
When I speak to unrepentant evil and sinful behavior, I will keep my primary focus to those things happening within the church body rather than outside of it, as this is how God instructs.
I will often stumble and fail to do these things anywhere close to perfectly, but I will not stop to continue to strive for them. I will continue to strive to be like Jesus, and not seek to right the world through my own earthly rationalizations and understandings.
I welcome any or all who follow Jesus Christ to join me in these aims.