I understand why some of my friends and relatives were shocked that I posted this on my Facebook page.
I introduced the post with the following statement.
I think I need to remind too many of my brothers and sisters, Jesus was radical. His followers were the fringe people. He cared about their health. He treated them with dignity, forgave their past mistakes and helped them move forward. He held the leadership accountable for misguiding the people, oppressing them with laws that benefited the powerful. I’d rather be associated with those types of ideals than with the current day, improperly named Christian, Christian Right.
I confess that the introduction is tainted with emotion which I admit comes from a heart of disappointment resulting in a judgmental response. I can and do sin. I am sorry I committed the same sin that caused me to be disappointed and say what I said.
I would like the chance to explain point by point why I agree with the points on that post. In other words, what they mean to me.
The first point is probably most shocking to my more religious friends. “I believe in full LGBTQ rights.” As human beings and especially as United States citizens, I agree with the Declaration of Independence which states as follows.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
When I was thinking of full rights, I was referring to The Bill of Rights of the Constitution, Article XIV (Amendment 14 – Rights Guaranteed: Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection).
“1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
The second point was that I believe black lives matter. I do believe that God has allowed us as a nation to see the reality of systemic racism, mainly different treatment of non-Caucasian individuals solely due to the pigmentations of the skin. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve heard the comments. I am guilty of taking advantage of my white privilege at one point in my life, so I know it exists.
I declared on my post that I believe that we should protect the planet. God gave us through Adam that responsibility in the first chapter of Genesis.
I believe everyone in America deserves health care. That’s not socialism. It’s humane to me. Jesus healed the sick. We send medical missionaries to foreign countries because they lack proper health care. I have experienced the injustice of an insurance company denying a cancer patient proper care even though the doctor thought it necessary to help maintain a better quality of life. The insurance company thought it a waste of money.
The world is bigger than America. Transportation and communications have brought us closer together. I have friends in foreign countries even on social media like Facebook. They experience many of the same joys and challenges. Some of them face more challenges, yet have more joy. Many of them love God and trust him more than I do.
I know that I have been made better by being exposed to more diverse cultures, mindsets, and lifestyles. It changes me for the better, but more often confirms my beliefs and helps me appreciate more my own culture.
Finally, I posted the article to show the problem with labels like leftist, conservative, and other labels. I am radical about some things, conservative about others, somewhat rebellious at other times, and religious too often. I have noticed those labels can appropriately indicate certain things I believe while at other times unfairly associate me with ideals and behaviors that aren’t mine.
The post ended with this thought in mind. Some of these labels fit me better during other parts of my life. Exposure to other cultures, other core values and ways of perceiving the world around me helped to shape me into who I am today. I hope to continue to be shaped and reshaped for the rest of my days. That’s what I meant by posting “I think humanity feels radical to inhumane people.” Jesus also promised abundant life. I have experienced abundance of life by opening myself up to different voices. It gains respect and sometimes they will respectfully listen to me.
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