I know. Touchy subject. Yet, combining politics and religion is something I never understood.
Most recently, the subject is even more confusing because of the great political divide in our country where people judge the other for being registered in a different political party. No matter what political party you assign yourself to, judging and hating are morally wrong and they are not religious or Christ-like behaviors.
Those who claim to be Christians but go against the teachings of Christ are a very confusing sort of people. This is why the pro-life topic confuses me when tied in with Christianity, and most other religions.
It seems easy to understand why people take the stance of pro-life. They don’t want to legalize the intentional termination of life, after all, it’s not legal to kill a born child. When it comes to pro-life beliefs, that’s not confusing. It’s an issue of the law. It becomes confusing when religion is injected into it.
When a person truly believes in God, the person trusts wholly in God to be the soul judge of character for every human being. When a person truly believes in Christ, the person believes in the teachings of Christ, in which the instruction is to love your neighbor as yourself and do not judge anyone. It’s not your job to judge, it’s God’s job.
What would Jesus do?
The final command was the initial command, and the basis for Christ’s teachings – “Love One Another.”
A person who understands the teachings understands humility. Humility doesn’t tout around town (or the internet) telling everyone how religious they are and what denomination they are. Because when the announcement is made, it’s immediate hypocrisy – using the lord’s name in vain, or in other words, using the announcement of your religious nature as a way to be self-righteous. Just because a person announces they are religious – doesn’t mean they are pure of heart and have good morals. We know this.
I understand being pro-life. I don’t understand why putting politicians in office has anything to do with it. Especially when many of those, in any political party, actually engage in immoral activity. Some politicians who claim to be pro-life have had abortions, paid for abortions, or encouraged abortions in their personal lives. Using politics as a tie-in with religion, as a reason to put someone in office who is a known liar, an abuser, a bully, corrupt, or etc. is not only morally wrong but it is totality disrespectful to the person’s claimed religion.
Being a believer means total trust in God. Doesn’t it?
In the case of abortion, if a person is pro-life, if they get pregnant or get someone else pregnant, they’ll follow their heart and their beliefs and have the baby carried to term. Hopefully they’ll treat the child with love. If they’re a believer, they’ll leave the rest to God. They won’t judge the neighbor for their decisions, even when they don’t agree with their decisions.
It seems reasonable to write to your congressman if you believe strongly in legal boundaries on abortion, and to leave religion out of it. To be willing to compromise on reasonable legal boundaries seems rational. But trying to play God, judging and dolling out consequences, does go against the teachings. And it causes paranoia – will those who proclaim to be religious demand that sex out of wedlock become illegal in the USA? Etc.
One thing is for sure, if you’re pure hearted enough to care that much about someone else’s fetus, then you’re pure hearted enough to protect children in your community from abuse. All of the zealous pure hearted intentions can not be lumped into a single issue. The pure hearted intentions have to be put forth in every action and intention throughout every day, and the love needs to be spread around to all living beings.
After all, we’re not all parents, but all of us are children.