Monday, August 7, 2017

4 Things I Wish Fellow Christian Conservatives Would Stop Doing

I am a Christian. And though, being a minor, I've never voted, I land somewhere on the conservative side of the political spectrum.




But there are a number of habits common to my demographic that I really wish we'd stop practicing: not because I dislike the Christian, conservative cause, but because I want to see more unity and effectiveness therein.

So, three things I wish fellow Christian conservatives would stop doing:

1. Making Moral Issues Overly Political

As Christians, if we're going to discuss homosexuality or abortion or transgenderism I believe it should be less in the context of government legislation and more in the context of God's commands and our duty in the church. For example, transgenderism is a political topic because of the laws surrounding transgender procedures and activity, but I think we should spend just as much time considering and studying how to minister to transgenders or what the Bible says about gender identity as we do trying to get the government behind our views.

2. Sharing an Excess of Political Memes

Correction: Everyone of every political viewpoint should stop flooding everyone else's newsfeeds with political content.

I'm not saying it's wrong to share the occasional meme and it's certainly not wrong to sometimes(or often) promote important, well-written articles, but when the content for which your social media followers follow you is drowned in a flow of anti-Obamacare memes, you're just asking people to hide/unfollow you. Plus, these memes often come across as smug and disrespectful which is a fast way to turn someone off to your arguments.


3. Blindly Defending/Praising President Trump

Please, please don't do this. A lot of the liberal party views Donald Trump as the incarnation of all things racist, sexist, and vile. They may not always be fair in such assessment, but we need to acknowledge that we don't stand behind everything he says or does.

And above all, please do not call Trump "appointed by God" or set him up as the face of the Christian cause. I don't believe God elected Trump in a very different sense than He elected President Obama. Such claims only transfer the un-Christian conotations many associate with Trump to the Christian faith.

4. Generalizing

I hesitate to mention this because it happens a lot on both sides of the political drama. But wherever it occurs it can be offensive and simply untrue-- for example, in the subject of welfare. While I haven't studied the statistics, I can tell you that not everyone financially supported by the government is lazy or cheating. Not that anyone has necessarily said such in so many words but I've heard comments along the lines of, "If everyone on welfare would actually get up and find a job, we wouldn't have to support them."

Of course this also applies to those of alternate sexual orientation. There are a number of Christians for whom same-sex attraction is a genuine struggle and stumbling block-- not something embraced, celebrated, or practiced. It's not enough to highlight Bible verses concerning homosexuality and "bravely" broadcast to the world and our social media followers that God condemns it. That is true but in a way it's inadvertently generalizing those people.

There can be a fine line between generalizing and making reasonable arguments based on the vast majority of a given group, however it should be something we at least approach cautiously.

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Those are a few of the problematic trends I've noticed in the Christian Conservative group. What do you think? Agree/disagree?


Note: This is my first politically oriented post and while I don't intend for this to become regular, please try to respect my opinions. If you'd rather avoid the politics, check out my other blog, On Stories and Words...or just disregard this post.

4 comments:

  1. Wow, this is so profound and true!!! More people need to see this.
    Thank you so much for writing it Meredith.

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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  2. Meredith!! Ok first of all I was super excited when you said you started a political-ish blog because lately I have become very invested in all of these topics/arguements. I think it's so important that young people are able to understand, and stand up for what they believe. That being said I warn you, my comments will most likely be very long, and very debate-ish. Let's begin ;)

    I agree with your point here: but I think unfortunately these topics have become very political, and are no longer viewed as moral by the vast majority of people. For example, gay marriage, transgenderism, and abortion, to name a few, may be considered a moral and even religious topic to us, they are more popularly viewed as political. Therefore, are we as conservative Christians doing the most we can by talking about how to resolve them in a moral and religious sense? I'm fairly certain that most non-religious people would disregard what we had to say because we brought our own personal faith into it. "Just because you believe theres a god who thinks gay marriage is wrong doesn't mean I do" could be the mentality. So while it's really important among ourselves to discuss and remember these things in a moral and religious context, we should also have sound arguements about these issues that don't bring our beliefs into it, so that it can't be discredited as much by the opposing view. I think there needs to be a balance: we believe that these issues are wrong because of our faith, and our opinion is formed in a moral and religious context, however; we understand that it has become very political and is no longer viewed as a religious issue, so we are also able to still defend our beliefs while talking about them in a strictly political sense, without bringing our own personal faith into the discussion.

    Political memes: UGH I JUST HATE MEMES TO BEGIN WITH. There are the odd few that are ok, but most are annoying. And political memes just promote the idea that these issues and people aren't to be taken seriously, which couldn't be farther from the truth.

    I think it's important when praising Trump to make it clear that you don't support or praise every aspect of him. Of course he could become more of a gentlemen, show some maturity in certain areas. But on the whole, he's not a half bad president. I also think its just as bad to hate on him for no reason. Like seriously people; grow up. Have proof and reasons for why you dislike someone.

    Ya. Generalizing can be very dangerous. I think it's important to always note that you are aware you're generalizing.

    Thanks for this post Meredith! And excuse my huge comment XD

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    1. Thank you for the enthusiasm!! Debate-ish is my middle name, so welcome. ;)

      Okay, I agree with that. For example, it's not enough to *tell* people abortions are wrong, we need to also be concerned about illegalizing it. I should have emphasized that more. What's important is to strike the balance, like you said.

      Right? Everyone stop with the memes pleassse.

      Exactly. I think there are some times when generalizing could be necessary(depending how you define "generalizing"), but caution is essential.

      No, thank you for the huge comment! I love being able to engage you/others about my posts in the comments section. :)

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