While I am not a religious person, I have always been a faithful person. I pray daily and seek out God in the little places: in nature, in others, in my heart. Before I act, I always try to ask myself if the action is aligned with my morals and values. Above all, I try to be God-ful, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always trying.
The most important values to me are love and kindness and I think all actions can be judged against them. These values apply to our relationships with others, the earth, animals, and God. During this election season (and earlier), I have been appalled by the hateful venom that has come from religious establishments in this country and from the lack of willigness to care for the less fortunate.
Reading blogs and listening to the likes of James Dobson, I keep hearing that the two most important issues for Christians in the election are protection of traditional marriage and unborn life. I dont think either of those are bad values. Marriage between a man and a woman is sacred and beautiful. I also think abortion is generally morally wrong and I dont support it. However, I also dont beleive in a constitutional ban on gay marraige, nor am I part of the pro-life camp.
Spewing hate towards the gay community and pro-choicers is wrong, wrong, wrong. I really dont see how civil unions threatens anybody’s traditional marraige. Are these people really that insecure in their marraiges?!?! Civil unions are not going to destroy anybody’s marraiges or corrupt your children. In contrast, banning gay marraige is hateful and judgeful. How about trying out a little love and kindness, and if your God dissaproves, then let him judge, not you.
Likewise, overturning Roe v Wade places a woman’s rights to control over her body (and her life) in jeapordy. Taking away rights moves us towards a slippery and dangerous slope. Nobody is pro-abortion, they are pro-choice. If the pro-life camp spent the amount of energy and money they spent fighting abortion on adoption, contraception, and opportunity for women, I think they would go much farther in reducing abortions. In addition, they would empower women rather than dimishing their rights.
By focusing so much on gay marraige and abortion, Christians are completely missing the boat on far greater opportunities for good. If Christians are concerned about murder of the unborn, they should be equally outraged about the murder of US soldiers and Iraqi citizens. They should be concerned about the underpriveleged and struggling. Providing universal health care is the decent thing to do. Caring for veterans and the mentally ill is the moral thing to do. Protecting the environment is being thankful for the gifts God has provided.
It is my opinion that the fundamentalist movement in this country doesn’t have much to do with God at all. It has to do with fear and judgement rather than love and kindness. I hope that the true Christians will vote in November (Republican or Democrat) with their hearts rather than with their church. I will be, and I dare anyone to call me a heathen.