October 23, 2005

Justification by Political Beliefs?

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 7:48 pm

A couple posts ago, I said we mustn’t demonize conservative Christians even as they demonize us. I thought I’d share a few of the most egregious examples of the demonization of progressive Christians by conservatives. I realize that these are not representative of the attitudes of most conservative Christians, but this animus is definitely out there.

First, from a comment to a post on Crawford Update, Cindy Sheehan’s blog, a couple months ago after someone ran over the crosses she had set up commemorating soldiers killed in Iraq (hat tip to Green Knight):

And the crosses? Who’s that supposed to fool?….

A LIBERAL WITH A CROSS IS LIKE HITLER WITH A MENORA….

Cindy is NOWHERE near Jesus. She is possessed by the demons from the left. There is no such thing as a liberal christian, can’t happen.


Now, closer to home, some comments I received from Don:

You are not a Christian. You may think your [sic] a Christian. You may be just trying to deceive the sheep. A Christian doesn’t support the murdering of babies, the vile activities of sodomites, the theft of private property, the coveteous [sic] of so many in the name of “neediness.”

The voice you hear is not the voice of Jesus, it is the voice of another.

And:

I don’t know what bible you read, but you definetly [sic] are not a Christian, no matter how much you kick and scream and demand it is so. Jesus said “You will know them by their fruits” and your fruit is corrupt, evil and hostile to God.

And lastly, one from “M”:

In the last days, there will be those who turn away and follow another gospel, a derivative of what has been handed down by God through Jesus Christ… and it will sound so nice and sweet and similar to Jesus’ words, which are God’s words… these are the people who will say “Lord, Lord, we cast out demons in your name…..” and to whom the Lord will reply
“I NEVER KNEW YOU.”
Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal- WHATEVER.
YOU ALL BETTER QUIT WITH THE SECTS AND GET WITH THE REAL.

Of course these comments are not only hateful, but bad theology. John 3:16 promises, whoever believes will not die but have eternal life. Paul says in Romans:

But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.

Holding the right political doctrine in your head, whether regarding abortion, gays, taxation or anything else, has no bearing whatsoever on being put right with God.

Once justified with God, we are called to follow Jesus Christ. I humbly believe my thoughts as described on this blog are where Jesus leads me, but I could be entirely wrong in all of the beliefs I have expressed here. Yet I am still promised forgiveness by God with my justification secure. The same goes for all who disagree with my views. Fortunately, our salvation does not hinge on any of the words we post here on this blog.

51 Comments

  1. The O.C. (Original Chrisitian) was not conservative at all. That’s one of the reasons He was killed. He was a liberal, if not, a progressive, in his ways of treating everyone He met. He was a radical, of the Essene Order. If He was a conservative, the Pharisees would not have lied in wait for Him to betray and crucify Him. He would have just went along with the program, knowing it was wrong. Think I am wrong? Check out Matthew chapters 23 and 24. Also, what about when He told the rich man to sell or leave all his earthly treasures and come follow Him, in order to be saved. Wasn’t that radical? Would a “conservative say a thing like that? ???

    Comment by connie — January 30, 2006 @ 9:29 am

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