War against Christianity?

There are some people who continuously say there is a war waged by the “left” or “those liberals” against Christianity. I consider myself relatively liberal in thought and I am not at war with Christianity. Rather, I see Christianity as being probably more “liberal” than it is “conservative” when it comes down to the preaching that is attributed to Jesus. After all, he hung around with sinners, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers and other unclean people. He preached to both Jew and Gentile. He even died, in at least the earthly part, due to the “conservative” element in both Judaism and the government wanting him dead. He told people to forgive one another and that His Father’s kingdom was accessible for all who believed in the Almighty.

Perhaps, really the “conservative” element is at war with the Almighty. Consider this, Jesus taught that we should clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and care for the widows and orphans. If this is the case, then why are there regular people and politicians in the “conservative” element who want to cut funding for welfare, head start and education, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs that benefit everyone, especially the poor, the young, and the elderly? Would not increasing funding to those areas be more Christian in nature?

This weekend is the Christian church celebrates Palm Sunday. This is when Jesus rode into Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowds shouting, “Hosanna.” By this time next week, those crowds were shouting to crucify Him. I think there is an element that is still shouting this. It is those who prefer to act as Christians in their words, but cannot do so in their deeds who are crucifying Jesus continually. We have elected officials who have chosen to represent the wealthy at the cost of helping the poor. These politicians have passed a budget proposal this is very unchristian in nature with its cuts to programs that help the poor, the young, and the old. It will likely not pass the Senate, which is a good thing. Now, do not get me wrong, I do not believe that one political party is more Christian than the other is. There are plenty of good Christians in every political party; however, if they truly are good Christians who have listened to the words of Jesus and actually heard them, then they should also be able to act upon those words over the din of those who offer them money to ignore the poor, the young, and the old.

Yes, it is time for the war against Christianity to end. It will end when those who profess to believe in Christ actually listen to His words and act accordingly on them rather than against them.

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