Politics and The PhxP
My primary concern is the faith once delivered and I’m only interested in political issues that the Scriptures address and politics in general as it affects the faith.
(We’ll talk about what those issues are in a future post…I think the OT prophets are a basic primer along with the Gospels and the Sermon on the Mount.)
My foundational belief is that we as Christians are to live as exiles and strangers on the earth looking for a heavenly country…that place which is not yet here.
I believe that we will enter that promised land when Jesus returns, the kingdom is consummated ,and heaven and earth become one place.
While we wait, we act as ambassadors of that coming kingdom, representing the King to come.
Nether political party represents anything of the King or kingdom, except by accident and then only to further earthly agendas.
My main concern in my blogging career has been to protect the people who have come to seek the kingdom safe from those who would use and defile them.
It’s hard to be a stranger and an exile…more so when threatened and harmed by those who claim to be one of the separated people.
Thus, I have labored intensely to fight such people and the forces behind them.
The church is diminished and marginalized and its message perverted when it allows itself to be affiliated with any nation or political entity.
We are a separated, peculiar people who must embrace our identity to accomplish our mission.
Everything we do must be done incarnationally…meaning we act in faithful, sacrificial, love, following the example of our Lord.
Now, I do not have time to nuance this and there is nuance needed…but these are my basic beliefs.
Thus, I do not give a tinkers damn whether you identify as a “conservative” or a “liberal” or any other label other than “Christian”.
(I wonder what constitutes a “tinkers damn”…are “tinkers” more adept at cursing? I digress…)
I am all over the map categorically as some biblical issues are recognized on one side and rejected by the same…thus I find the categories presented unhelpful at best and damaging at worst.
Comments and participation here are not allowed on the basis of your chosen labels or policy preferences, but on whether they are compatible with reasoned discourse and our common faith…if there is such a thing anymore.
Most of my friends and parishioners would consider themselves “conservative”…and that matters to me about as much as where they prefer to buy groceries.
Their faith and love of Christ matters supremely.
We may not always (or even often) agree about peripheral matters.
Disagreement is not “hate”.
Disputes are not “censorship”.
Finally…this site may not be your cup of tea.
It doesn’t mean that you are bad or those of us that write here are.
It means that sometimes people love each other better at a distance…