Thursday, October 29, 2009

Be Positive

It is so easy to be negative, especially when it comes to issues that we disagree with. This isn't a bad thing. There are times when we need to stand up and voice why we oppose a certain piece of legislation or why a certain activity is evil. Yet, there comes a time that if we are not going to offer an alternative, then we will become a clanging cymbal that people ignore.

I was asked by a facebook friend a couple of days ago what I thought a Christian's responsibility was when it came to politics. I spent most of Tuesday thinking through my answer, but one of the things that occurred to me was the need to be positive. For example, I think as Christians we need to explain why our rights are a gift from God, why life is precious and needs to be protected, the value of a family made up of a dad and mom, and how we can use our freedom to change the world.

We live in a country that has traveled so far from her founding values that the average citizen doesn't even understand the basic principles that made this country great. The crisis our country is facing right now is deeper than health care, high taxes, out of control spending, sky rocketing debt, and the theft of personal liberty.

The crisis we face is one of principle and philosophy. It begins with peoples' weak understanding of God and continues though a lack of value of personal responsibility. We need to be promoters of the good and not just critics of the bad. People will not understand that there is a better way unless we tell them about it.

"Anyone can attend church. Only truly devoted followers of Jesus can change the world." - Aaron Brockett

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