I hate election season. People try their hardest to put each other down no matter if it is their Congressmen, their friends, or their family. So many people are not tolerant of other’s beliefs. They make fun of people they disagree with calling them horrible names. This runs rampant, especially in social media. We don’t bother to think that people we know may think and believe different than us.
Last election was especially brutal. People would post demoralizing memes on their bulletin on MySpace or mean statuses on Facebook. People I knew were calling me a “socialist baby killer” right and left. They never once stopped to think about my beliefs and that they were insulting me, someone who was supposes to be their friend.
The other issue, as it always is with elections, is that often Republicans imply that if you are Christian you should vote Republican. Derogatory remarks have been made that no “good” Christian would support the Democratic Party. Many make these claims with only minimal reading and understanding of the Bible. They don’t seem to understand that on many occasions the Bible contradicts itself (primes example? Proverbs 26: 4 & 5). It is up to each Christian to decide what the right interpretation is and what meaning has the most value.
I have no problem with Republicans voting for their party because it lines up with their beliefs. It’s the fact that they assume I can’t be Christian as well that bugs me. I am often quiet about my beliefs; I don’t like to get into fights but I love to talk about the issues in an objective manner. (And yes I have gotten heated and called a few people morons, but I try not to). But it’s time to be silent no more.
I am a Democrat. I am Christian. It is because of my Christian beliefs that I am a Democrat. Here’s why.
I am Protestant because I believe I can directly talk to God, but have no further denomination. I see myself as a Jesus Christ Christian. That seems like a misnomer, but it’s not. If there are concerns about issues, I go to Jesus’ words. If Jesus didn’t say anything about a current topic I go back to this statement:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”(NIV, John 13:34-35)
Jesus did not care about race, color or gender. He didn’t care who your husband or wife was. He didn’t care if you were young or old. He died for you. He died for EVERYONE. We have been told to love the Lord and love our neighbors– ALWAYS AND NO MATTER WHAT. Because of this I vote Democratically because I believe in equal pay for women, health care for the elderly, marriage for homosexuals, and affordable education for our children.
You are welcome to disagree with me, but please know where I am coming from. I try to love the nation like Jesus loved his disciples: everyone deserving love and respect and equality. In the 1960s, it was proved that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional but our country still has those policies to this day. So I step up and say, No! I want health insurance, marriage, schooling, and equal pay! And I want if for all the Children if God!
I respect that everyone has a view point, so please respect mine. Just because we don’t agree does not mean we can’t get along.