Today, what is not politicized?! Somehow, i wish folks would recognize that politicizing "everything" is a bad path with no constructive end.Dan Z wrote:
1) Let's live and articulate our faith in such a way that there is no doubt that Christ calls us to affirm the intrinsic (sacred) value of every one of God's children. Before I would say anything, I would hope people would think - "I know Dan and how he lives. He takes Jesus' teaching literally. His beliefs would never allow him to approve of Neo-Nazis, white militia, that 'blood and soil' garbage, or any other forms of violence, racism, or oppression." "Oh, and I also know he would say that Jesus wouldn't have much appreciation for those club wielding Antifa anarchists and their rebellious "black bloc" tactics."
2) This issue is so politicized -
like GaryK said, entering in with an opinion gets you accused of "taking sides" - which I really don't want to do. On the other hand, having no opinion on public issues of morality is keeping your light under a bushel. People need to understand WWJD so they can know Jesus better - so while I try to stay as politically unattached as possible, I do speak speak mainly to moral issues (in a spiritual context) - wherever the ideological chips may fall. "White supremacy - wrong " - "Violence - wrong" - "Looting - wrong" - "Angry shouting - wrong" - "Standing with the oppressed, the poor, the mistreated, the marginalized - absolutely."
3) Frankly, I think it is a much better witness to be proactive rather than reactive.
Rather than fighting against white supremacists or anarchistic activists, I could be extending Christ's love and friendship to those of other ethnicities.
Not saying we shouldn't speak out - but our actions will speak the loudest.
i try to move my own thinking away from politicizing topics by not introducing them under political categories. for instance, on this forum, regarding abortion, or sex+health education, i try to put threads under "home," "other," possibly "general Christian theology," etc., to try think of them and discuss them AWAY from politics.
to me, these are family matters, families should reclaim them from the political arena - and, we should be clear about it. remove personal and family matters FROM politicians, don't go seeking after answers from or through politicians. they are not worthy.