I haven't blogged on a Sunday in a while, so I felt the need to participate in BYBS this week.
Last night I was watching CNN late late late...and they were showing a special called "God's Warriors". It was about the role of religion in today's society and how the fundamentalists are going into politics more and more.
I got to see the many sides of the issue.
One side said that this country is going to hell in a handbasket and that we Christians should use our right to vote and take over the political scene in order to get our country back on the right track.
Another side said that Christians ought to stay out of politics as Church and State ought not to mix...that America was founded on freedom of religion and that we shouldn't try to impose our beliefs on others through politics.
Yet another side preached that we, as Christians, should be more into enviromentalism and start taking care of the Earth and it's creatures as mentioned in the Bible.
And then there was the preacher in Texas who has a teenage "army of God" who takes his charges out into the streets to do protests and has gospel rock concerts.
All of these people were being called heretics by other Christians.
One preacher said something that has stuck with me...he said, and I don't remember the exact quote, that he was at a church on some patriotic holiday and above the pulpit was a giant movie screen showing patriotic themes: three crosses, an American flag...and fighter jets flying. He said that people in the audience started screaming and praising when they saw this patriotic theme.
Now, I see nothing wrong with patriotism. But, just like that preacher, I see something wrong with showing the cross of Jesus Christ with fighter jets (instruments of potential death). Christians are supposed to "love thy neighbor" and turn the other cheek. We are supposed to be peace-loving folk. We are supposed to spread the love of God.
But that brings me to my point of the day: I am thankful that I have been taught to think for myself and to have my own ideas and ideals. I am blessed to live in America where we have freedoms and I am blessed in that I have the right to vote in whatever manner I choose.
I only wish others would do the same and not follow others blindly.