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It’s not Political: So You’re Left?

December 3, 2008

I get that a lot. Before this past election many people assumed they knew who I would vote for. Why did they make that assumption? Because of my focus on helping those in need.

Can we agree that helping those in need has been politicized? Could we agree that it has nothing to do with politics? It has nothing to do with being red or blue? I hope we could agree on that because if we couldn’t I would be seriously concerned.

Where did the idea come from that our number one obligation is to keep this economy afloat? Where did the notion come from that to be a Christian I need to keep the GNP moving up? Why won’t we get off of that train, that lie?

When did measuring our nation as “blessed by God” come from its economic success? Can we really call a nation that had slaves and promoted the slave trade a nation in His image? Could a country with separate drinking fountains and lynching be called a godly nation? Can a nation built on bad debt really be a success?

When will we realize that helping those in need isn’t political. When will we see that guarding our nation’s past does the Kingdom no good?

In the end I think our agenda is clear. Luke 14:12-14 is one of my favorite passages.

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12-14

It doesn’t seem that helping those in need has anything to do with political parties or agendas. It sounds like it is a part of our Kingdom.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2008 5:06 pm

    same thing happened to me. makes me sick to think about.

  2. December 4, 2008 2:43 am

    I hear you Tyler. It is frustrating to move the discussion forward.

  3. December 4, 2008 11:05 am

    Unfortunately many in our culture have disassociated faithfulness to God being a blessing and confusing it with affluent American living. It also seems that trying to live a Kingdom life helping people is viewed with suspicion in many groups.

    I don’t know how that really can be, but it is the case, none the less.

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