It is time for to take a moment to discuss something that has been bothering me for some time with my Faith, Christianity-polarization. Who is surprised that I am once again talking about the exact same subject that is dominating my other posts right now? I am a bit hesitant to write this knowing that many people who might read this are not Christians, nor interested in what I have to say here, but regardless, our Faith plays a role in everyone's life because (politically) we are still more powerful.
Christianity in the United States has become as polarized as everything else. Where the Church may have once been a place of dialogue, it is not divided between Conservative "morality focused" Christians and liberal "society focused" ones. I have some news. The Bible is clear on the much of the morality stuff about no excesses, no sex before marriage, etc (I will NOT be touching marriage issues here, I believe that what the Bible bans most explicitly is fornication, and I do not believe that marriage is that sacred of an institution after having read enough history to know that it was used for political means more often than not and even if it is sacred in the Church, to become officially married one needs a legal document rather than a religious one making it an issue of separation of Church and State. I believe in the separation of Church and State AND State and Church). Anyway, to get back to my point, conservatives win the moral argument, I am not, not matter how much I want, supposed to have sex before marriage. The other side of this is what I AM supposed to do. The liberal side of Christianity is at least just as heavily stressed in the Bible. We are supposed to heal the sick, support the poor, love our neighbors as ourselves, not kill, etc. This translates into social programs, no death penalty, and a responsibility to fight against injustices. This is pretty liberal stuff that has been shunned by the Conservative wing of the church too focused on banning gays and attacking abortion. It was the conservative wing that has called Katrina a punishment by God against us (funny that God only seems to punish the poor, right?) for our evil ways. Let's get it straight. The relativistic moral behavior among liberal Christians is wrong, but so is the complete lack of regard for the well-being of others present among so many conservative denominations and groups. We have taken our disagreements and split our churches to the point where we are disappearing because we refuse to get along. The church I grew up in in Blanco, TX divided over same-sex marriage! How does this have ANYTHING to do with our responsibilities dictated to us by God? We destroy ourselves by splitting apart and have rendered impotent our attempts to address the myriad of social issues still present in society.
I, as many of you know, am inclined toward the more liberal branch of Christianity. I have, however, had to come to terms with the moralistic side. For that reason, I exhort fellow Christians to please recognize that our split into liberals and conservatives has weakened both of us to the point where we are not following our calling as people of Faith.