Yesterday I was asked by one among those in my "forwarding" community, if, given my strong political views, can I be a Christian? It wasn't worded quite so politely. But, the meaning is the same. Every subject I mention today was a part of this person's email.
First, let me say that I am a Christian; a practicing Christian who accepts Jesus as my personal savior. I do not wear my Christianity on my shirtsleeve and I do not look down my nose at those who do not believe as I believe. That is God's province. But, I accept my responsibility to act as a Christian and to profess my faith, at the supermarket as well as at church.
My political leanings are as a mixed man. I am fiscally a conservative. I am proud of the United States and believe we should act as what we are; the nation which, while far from perfect, is the best hope of mankind short of God's Kingdom. I believe we should act in the best interests of our country and I don't care if others love us. I do expect them to respect and/or fear us according to their actions. Not their words, their actions.
I am socially both conservative and liberal and, frankly, primarily a centrist. And, I currently support Mike Huckabee, since he appears to be an honest man and a supporter of the Fair Tax.
For example, I believe abortion is wrong; partial birth abortion is murder. I believe abortion should never be used as a form of contraception. But, and here I part company with many Christians, I do not believe I have the right to expect others to share my beliefs. Nor do I believe I have the right to demand that others live by my beliefs.
I hope this clarifies where I stand, both in faith and politically.
God Bless You All,