GOD’S REMINDER: “Use your head—and heart—to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right.” John 7:24
NOTE TO SELF: With the upcoming election looming before us, many people have tried to judge and accuse me of “hiding behind my religion” because I'm a declared Republican. (I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I pray you’re not ashamed to be associated with me because of it.) The problem with this statement is two-fold:
- Hiding behind religion implies I can’t think for myself, and people who truly hide behind religion are typically uneducated on the issues and facts. (I might also remind people that not all Republicans are Christians, either.)
- I am an ex-liberal Democrat.
As I got older, the liberal mindset made no real sense to me. After living and experiencing life and all it’s madness, I began to educate myself on the issues (that I LIVED through) and then used my heart (and common sense) to discern what’s right and best for me. Fortunately, what I believe to be true in my heart is also true in the Bible. So in all honesty, the Bible correlates with my beliefs. (See, that’s a nice way of looking at things, isn’t it?)
The Pharisees that Jesus was talking to were merely hiding behind their religion when they accused Him. They didn’t care about facts or reason, or anything relative to God Himself. They only cared about rules and regulations and saw the world through the eyes of the law, not a caring, compassionate God. Jesus basically said, “This is common sense stuff here, folks. It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.”
If we genuinely seek truth, and then take that truth and use our heart to determine right from wrong…we can never go wrong. And don’t worry, it won’t make you a Republican or a Democrat, it will just make you…you!
Disclaimer: God is not a Republican. God is not a Democrat. This wasn’t a post for or against one party over the other. Take the scripture for what it’s worth, and use my “example” at your own discretion.