I consider myself a student of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In my studies I have come to this conclusion: “Jesus, is neither right nor left; He is Love. In fact, many times throughout his ministry we see him at odds with the Pharisees, which to me is the group that most resembles the current day “Political Religious Right.” Yet, he still loves them.
The New Year will soon be upon us, it is an election year, and in this New Year we will hear words like “Evangelical, Religious right, and Christian conservative. To me, to be either is a contradiction to the teachings of Christ. Christ took one side and one side only, the side of unconditional love toward imperfect fallen humanity. Philip Yancey says, “Jesus, honored the dignity of each person whether he agreed with him or her or not. Anyone, even a half-breed with five husbands or a thief nailed to a cross, was welcomed to join his kingdom. The person was more important than any category or label.”
Obviously, all Americans have the right to political expression and opinions. However, often times those professing to be Christian, myself included, need to be reminded of this scripture: “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:14-15). In my opinion politics become dangerous when is pulls Christ followers in a direction that creates a feeding frenzy upon any person or group of persons. Since humanity’s fall in the garden, humans, Christian or not, are predisposed to devour everything in sight as soon as there is blood in the water. Again, Yancey claims “How easy it is to shout across the picket lines at the ‘enemy’ on the other side. A political movement by nature draws lines, makes distinctions, pronounces judgment; in contrast, Jesus’ love cuts across lines, transcends distinctions, and dispenses grace. If my activism drives out such love, I betray his kingdom.”
The real issue here is not whether a Christian need be Right or Left. The real concern here is that our politics never change the fact, as a follower of Christ, our first duty it to “LOVE” every human being regardless of our upbringing and presuppositions. So, now, after becoming aware of my human tendencies I pray the love of Christ will help me. And, in the New Year when someone asks me “James, is your political view Right or Left, I can answer: “Neither; it’s Love!”