People who leave comments on the internet are generally the worst. Most comments I get on articles are downright mean and internet people are middle-school-popular-girl-level mean (top of the mean-scale). I hate conflict and I especially hate people being mad at me. So, its unfortunate that the political views I’ve adopted anger people – across the board.
My political views are conservative but with a more libertarian slant; however, I cannot completely separate my faith from my politics. Most cookie-cutter conservatives are irked by libertarian arguments. Similarly, libertarians mostly hate when you make a political issue into a religious issue. The thing is, being a Christian shapes every aspect of my worldview, so while I favor limited government in all areas, my relationship with Christ will always seep into my political commentary. I can’t help it.
If I had to verbalize my opinions and defend them, I would (naturally) be thinking, “I’m right…and you’re wrong.” Anyone with solid beliefs of any kind feels that way. It doesn’t mean you’re an “intolerant bigot” because you believe that something is true. It means that you have a belief-system. Gay people who fight for the legalization of gay marriage are essentially saying the same thing in their heads… “I’m right, and you’re wrong.” There are no victims in this argument. There are simply two groups who believe that their beliefs are correct.
Despite my liberty-focused leanings, I believe that our country’s great success can be attributed to the fact that we were founded with Christian values and led by men who followed Christ. There are those who say the founding fathers were theists, not Christians. To those people, I say, watch Kirk Cameron’s movie, “Monumental.” He literally travels to England and goes the same route the Pilgrims did – talking to expert historians along the way and seeing the first American statues and monuments – all of which placed Jesus Christ as the centerpiece. We may not be a “Christian” nation, but we were absolutely founded on Christianity.
Check out this prayer, prayed by Thomas Jefferson in D.C. – March 4, 1801
“Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage; we humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
So, Christianity used to be the American way, and now, we live in a culture that is just a hair away from literally persecuting Christians. We are despised for believing that sin is sin. We are shunned for saying we stand for traditional marriage. We are hated because of the Savior we love. Man, oh, man. It is so much easier to form political opinions and arguments without bringing God into it, because once you utter his name, your opposition automatically starts picturing you in an alien costume.
My Christianity-infused Libertarian View on Gay Marriage
I’ve voiced my opinion on gay marriage before – and how I wish the government would get out of the business of marriage altogether. The founding fathers never planned for people to pay the government and get permission to marry each other. I don’t believe in Christians trying to force non-Christians to subscribe to a Bible that they don’t believe is true. In my own life, God Himself is the one who saved me and healed me and who continues to point me in the right direction. If someone had tried to force Christianity on me, I would have been instantly turned off.
So, my view on “letting gay people be gay” doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not I think its wrong. Just like I’m not going to make it my mission to find every unmarried couple living together and split them up, I’m not on a war against gays. As a Christian, I’m in a spiritual war – one in which my main weapon should be love and my battle cry should be “Jesus saves.”
It feels as though people in this country shuffle into one of two sides of the spectrum – and both of them are wrong. One group exalts “love” above God to a level that makes Him an afterthought (or nonexistent). The other group becomes so fixated on the holiness of God, and on His key command to love Him, that they fail to obey the second half of that command – that being to love others.
America was founded as one nation, under God. The values we were born into are Biblical – not in a shove-it-down-your-throat way, as many non-Christians perceive. Religious liberty is what the Pilgrims came here for – not a religious take-over. So, where does that leave me? In my personal life, I want to love every person that God puts in my path – regardless of where they are in life.
I was a mess when God saved me, and I still find myself failing and making new messes day after day. Not one of us, if we’re honest, can say that we’ve got it all together. Conservative Christians are not called to be the judges of the nation. However, we are called to uphold the word of God. We should be actively pursuing a lifestyle in which we are firm on our beliefs, but loving to all.
Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A’s founder, befriended Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride. Check out the op-ed that Windmeyer published on Huffington Post about Dan Cathy. I want to be a Dan Cathy. I don’t want to ever judge another person for what they do, but I do want to remain a person whose beliefs are strong enough to warrant a “this is right, and that is wrong” attitude. Our culture wants us to be a society of wishy-washy secular humanists – a nation of “anything goes as long as it makes you happy.”
I stand for limited government. Politically, in almost all cases, I say “the less government, the better,” so along with that belief, I want the same respect shown toward me and my Christian faith. I want the government to stop punishing businesses for conducting themselves in ways that align with their faith. I don’t want to see Christian schools having to abandon their morality-standards to include all belief-systems. I want the freedom to voice what I think is right and wrong. I want preacher’s to preach what God says about sin – and not fear legal consequences.
That same “tolerance” that liberals are demanding should apply to all groups – including Christians who stand for traditional marriage. Tolerance should mean “Respect” and we should all show respect to our fellow Americans, no matter what their belief system. The sad reality is that actually having a belief system is what’s bad, these days.
What is your belief system and how does it merge with your politics – specifically, your view of gay marriage in America?