Conservative? Liberal? Red Herring! Each are the sides of the Same Coin!

Conservative? Liberal? Red Herring! Each are the sides of the Same Coin!

I am sick of hearing the Right and Left bicker over politics. Each think they are representing G_d, and accuse the other of representing the Devil. Balderdash! It’s all Greek to me. I think that the best idea is a middle ground position that the Rabbis termed “Tikkun Olam” or repairing the world.

Ah, you say! That’s exactly what each side says it is doing! Right! I say, but they are not! Let’s look.

One side says that the “Right Wing Fundamentalist Christians” are trying to gain power to make us all religious, like any Religious Fundamentalists, it is posited, they only want power over the poor and disenfranchised. They cling to their Bibles and read them literally, without finding the relevance in them for today. They make it say what they want it to say to justify their ungodly positions. In some ways, this accusation is correct, but in others it is not, and there is also a third thing that makes them the SAME as the accusers.

The other side says that those “Left Wing Liberal Christians” are trying to make us into a Communist Country. They are robbing one group to help themselves. They are just looking to get power over private property so they can spend it on their own preferences. They discredit the Bible and then try to make it say what they want it to say to justify their ungodly positions. In some ways, this accusation is correct, but in others it is not, and there is also a third thing her that makes them the same as their accusers.

When you look at the accusations you see that they mirror each other. Both have at the core, a desire to be one’s OWN G_d. There is no sense of unity, no sense of understanding the “other’s” view, just same colored rocks lobbed over the fence at the “other”, which ironically, is who each SAYS they are fighting for.

In the Greek worldview, which the West is primarily steeped in, individuals or individual groups are the focus. Individual’s rights, individual’s culture, choices, etc. overtake the greater good. When we see a disenfranchised “group” be it the popular one or even our own peer group, we have a tendency to become myopic in our ability to see G_d’s concern for them and are only able to see our own. Unfortunately, unlike G_d, we are not Sovereign, nor are we impartial. Each group sees their OWN special interest. What we like to do with our own opinions is drag G_d into it. We self justify by saying “surely G_d would agree with me, that’s how I read His Word”. We superimpose our agenda, our individual preferences onto G_d and His Word. But, is this the way G_d actually works?

Is G_d interested in our petty fights? “Petty? you say. What’s petty? about this issue or that issue”. We are saving the world. We are repairing injustice. That’s the key word…Justice. Who determines that?

Very often the thing we forget is that G_d is not required to bless OUR actions. Rather, WE are required to go to Him, and ask permission as well as the power and help to accomplish HIS not OUR will.

 

Our G_d, while interested in individuals, and individual groups, has determined the divisions for those groups. We, in our minutiae laden categories, forget that G_d has a plan to ultimately unite the two groups, yes two, that He has identified. Those two groups are Israel, and everybody else.

But WAIT a minute…how about the church, the disenfranchised, the other religions, the other…whatever…. What? Did you think He forgot? Or maybe He’s on vacation…better yet sleeping…does G_d sleep?

Our agendas, no matter what side of the political (yes political) coin we are on, very often clash with G_d’s stated purposes and G_d’s stated categories. We decide rather than allowing G_d His rightful place to do that. We do not ask, nor do we follow, we just demand. We make our OWN gods. Hmmm, sounds like Gentiles huh? Yeah, that’s what G_d told Israel to stay away from… other gods.

Repairing the World together…Tikkun Olam is about working with G_d, allowing His Sovereignty, whatever that is, and joining with His people Israel to bring about His Shalom…

 

 

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2 responses to “Conservative? Liberal? Red Herring! Each are the sides of the Same Coin!

  1. After we moved to a new home in a different city we started attending a different church.

    Here’s some sermon notes from our pastor recently out of the Sermon Series: Luke’s Gospel.

    http://bit.ly/TsLukeEleven33-54

    It’s an 18 pg pdf book. It reminds me a little of your post here. Your post leans a bit more on the side of politics. However, they ring the same bell.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Kimberly

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