A friend posted this on video facebook. It compelled me to write a few words about it. The attitude that many Christians, such as Francis Chan in this video, have about life is much of the problem I have with Christianity today. Many of these people are unconcerned with the immediate consequences of their actions because they are focused on a “bigger picture”; one that may not even exist. Their “higher moral ground,” which they believe will grant them access to a heaven that may or may not exist leads them to ignore or even cause atrocities here on Earth.
This concept that people should be “running a moral race” seems ludicrous to me. If there is some sort of loving god, I cannot, and will not believe that s/he/it would approve of ignoring our lives here on Earth in an effort to win his/her/its favor for some life beyond.
If people truly believe there is a god, racing each other to the finishing line is not the answer. Love, truth, and compassion are. Regardless of a person’s faith (or lack there of) the only moral way to behave is to treat others the way you want to be treated. This does not include: belittling someone for having a different religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or being different period. Nor does it include acts of violence–even ones a person deems to be righteous. Bombing abortion clinics, people of different faiths, or anyone else does not make you a religious crusader, it makes you terrorist.
In the end, regardless of our beliefs, we all have only one chance to be a good person on this planet. By turning the quest for eternity into a moral race, Christians can cause more harm than good. Life is not a competition, and shouldn’t be treated as one. Unconditional, brotherly love, or as Aristotle put it, agape, has been missing from our society for a very long time. I know that it is difficult to love our neighbors–I know I struggle with it, but if we all can love one another despite our differences, perhaps a race for eternity won’t be necessary.
So many people use the terms “socialism” or “democratic-socialism” is if they are evil words bent on destroying American society. I wonder how many of those people are loving parents. Personally, I want to give my children the best chance at success I possibly can. I know how easy it is to fail in our society because we have no true safety nets in place. My parents did not believe in lending a helping hand, so I fell flat on my face over and over again. I wasn’t able to finish college until I was almost 40.
Because of my experiences, I don’t want my children to suffer the way I did. I try to help them as much as I can. I give what I can to make their lives a little easier because I want them to have a financial cushion. It has been proven that children who have that safety net early on are more likely to succeed later in life.
Democratic-socialism offers that safety net for everyone, not just those who can afford it. By taxing the people who have been avoiding taxes for decades–such as multi-national corporations, the ultra rich, and people who have influence over law makers (like Wall Street), there can be enough money to ensure that everyone in the country has good health care, a decent education, and a job that provides a living wage.
I would like to know how many loving parents could stand back and do nothing while their child fell to injury or death off of the play equipment at a park, or out of a tree? If you truly love your country, you won’t stand idly by while it falls into the hands of the ultra-rich and multi-national corporations who have been injuring and killing it for decades. It is time to stand up and do something about it. It is time that we finally say, “no more!” We all deserve a safety net, and the only presidential candidate honest enough, and capable enough to provide that is Bernie Sanders.
I try not to discriminate against anyone…even bigoted jerks who have a tendency to discriminate against everyone else. On my facebook page, I have three people on my friend’s list that I have never met in real life. They are on my list because we met on forums or threads and decided that we would get along well as facebook friends. Everyone else I actually know in person…and some of those people are frightening and embarrassing me. It is upsetting to know that I have actually sat down and eaten dinner with someone who would post something like this:
The concept that so many Americans can be so callous is heartbreaking for me. In one breath these people claim to be Christian, yet in the very next one, they reject every teaching Christ ever gave. I may not be Christian, but I am certainly caring, compassionate, loving, forgiving, and understanding. These are the types of things the Christ of the Christian bible taught people to be.
People need to make up their minds. Either they are bigoted, racist jerks bent on rejecting the spirit of love Christ taught, or they are Christians who truly believe in the message Christ brought them. One or the other. There is no middle ground.
In other words, if you are preparing to treat someone like dirt and expect horrible things from them just because of the color of their skin or the country they come from, you are a bigoted jerk who is rejecting the teachings of Christ. Accept it. Embrace it, but don’t try to pretend that you’re something you’re not.