Person A believes that government needs to butt out of everyone’s business. “They” have too much control are not good with what they have. “They” are taking too much of our hard earned money and spending it on stupid stuff. All of “those” people they are helping need to stop being lazy and get up and go find a job and try to provide and survive.
Person B believes that the rich are getting way too rich. They believe that “they” need to be the catalyst that spreads the money out evenly, and helps create systems that help the lowest of the low to the highest of the high. It doesn’t matter that we might be creating a nation of weak people who take advantage of the system.
Person A believe that it is the right of the citizen to keep their money and then choose whether or not they are going to take care of the poor and needy around them.
Person B believes that money should be taken from people to help the poor and needy.
Granted their are more arguments to be made here about conservative and liberal thought than just money and governmental control, but those are the main two. You have social issues as well.
But what I’ve come to realize is that most people that I know are just opinionated and that’s about it. They make no real impact in the world to make change. It doesn’t matter if you watch Fox News or CNN. If all you do is sit around and argue and get angry, but never do anything to actually care about the people in our communities then it doesn’t matter.
Most conservatives I know are upset about “Obamacare” or Welfare and gripe about all the lazy people who mooch off of the rest of “us”. If part of conservative thought is to put the power back in the hands of the citizens to use their resources to help those in need, then most conservatives I know are failing in their own ideology. The reality is that people who keep more of their money will just spend it on themselves or store it away. Most of the conservatives who are loud and angry that I know are not walking through the streets of the poor neighborhoods in their towns or befriending the down and out to help them learn how to provide and take care of themselves.
Most liberals I know are much more concerned about throwing money at problems than actually being a part of the change. They have a lot of lofty ideas that they do very little with. They don’t want to spend the time to actually invest in the lives of those who need help either. They don’t spend time sharing life or hope with anyone either.
The point I’m getting to is that no matter what angle you come from about these things, the important thing is that you are actually getting out into the world, witnessing the trials and tribulations that people are living through, and having real compassion for them. If we want our nation to be healed of these problems, it will not be solved by cold and broad sweeping legislation. It will not be solved by just throwing money around. It will be solved by people like you and me getting in the trenches of peoples life and walking with them.
People of God stand up and get going. Of course I expect us, no matter what political slant we come from to be the agents of change, and the message of hope. Be reminded of what James wrote:
4 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?(U) Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.(V) 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?(W) 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.(X)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]?(AD) 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?(AE) 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together,(AF) and his faith was made complete by what he did.(AG) 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e](AH) and he was called God’s friend.(AI) 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
When will we stop being armchair quarterbacks who do a lot of complaining, but little doing. Jesus also reminds us that it really isn’t that big of deal for us to love those who love us back. It isn’t that hard to share with those who praise us. Can we be faithful enough to love and share with those, to take time for those, who will offer us very little or nothing?
So I don’t care what political ideology you back, they are both incomplete and at odds with the gospel at times. I don’t care who you think is right, it is your and my responsibility as the name bearers of Christ to love, to heal, and to restore. Turn off the TV or the radio. Close down the website. Put down the newspaper/magazine/book. Get off of Facebook or Twitter and go. Go share the time you’ve been given to make a difference for God’s Kingdom. Go share the resources you’ve been given to raise up the quality of life in our communities and around the world. Go spread the power and salvation of God. Go bless others by using the talents that God has given you (help people think through their problems, help people be comforted with compassion and guidance). Just go. Stop complaining and doing nothing. Their life will be better by the light you bring, and your life will be better by letting the light shine through you… The world will be a better place by giving glory to God in his love and compassion for us all…
And soon “those” people, whoever they are for you, will not be a nameless, faceless statistic to argue about, but will embody a person who’s story, struggles, and possibly friendship that you know. When we walk with people, everything changes…