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From my point of view, Christianity looks different to conservatives… - don't let the bastards grind you down.
From my point of view, Christianity looks different to conservatives and liberals. Anyone care to comment?
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flavobean From: flavobean Date: April 28th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it falls more along the lines of what each political philosophy chooses to draw from Christianity to support their claims.

Like, The Christian Right is obsessed with queers, premarital sex and and abortion. Yet Christ goes deals with none of that during his short time on Earth. In fact, he seems overly concerned with poverty, sickness and corrupt politicians.

The Christian Right also views governemtn as a means to enact their ends of "saving" every man woman and child (which was one of Christ's instructions).

The Christian Left has been relcutant to wear their beliefs on their shoulders because they respect a seperation of chruch and state. While I don't doubt that the Left also wants to save humanity from eternal damnation, they aren't as willing to employ the federal governemtn in doing it.
From: ex_clevergir259 Date: April 28th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that the idea of "justification by faith alone" is responsible for the schism.

To those conservatives who are opposed to social programs and government intervention in general, it frees them from the obligation to feed the hungry, teach the children, and visit the poor in prison. They can justify their inaction by saying, "No one is saved by good works."

Similarly, liberals who feel uncomfortable with micromanaging other people's choices can say to themselves, "Well, he/she believes in Jesus, and that's all that matters." They can justify not stepping in with "loving correction" because the Bible says that the other person's faith will trump their actions.

I tried to phrase this in a pretty un-inflammatory way, and I apologize if I offended anyone who reads it.
From: ex_clevergir259 Date: April 28th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should add that, in general, "loving correction" is bollocks.
qed From: qed Date: April 28th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think a lot of things look different to conservatives and liberals. My biggest complaints w/ each regarding Christianity (and I'm obviously only talking about Americans here):

Conservatives: focusing too much on what I consider relatively minor ideas in Christianity (homosexuality, etc.) in place of the fundamental teachings of Christ. I don't necessarily mind that people believe homosexuality is immoral, but hearing someone vigorously attack gay people on supposedly religious grounds seems pretty anti-Christian to me. I do think you can believe in charity and good works without thinking it's a good idea for the government to be responsible for performing them, and to do it by raising money thorugh taxes.

Liberals: not actually believing that there is one God, and the only way to be saved is through Christ. I think most Christian denominations are pretty clear on this, although there may be some that are different. I don't understand people who say they are Christians, and who also think other religions are just as valid and people can be saved even if they don't believe Christ was the son of God.
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