Okay, I'm sorry, but I'm only addressing this to those who claim to be Christians - of any standing. Or are greatly interested in Christianity and the teachings of Jesus.
So if you're looking to attack religion in any way or slam Christianity just don't bother, coz I'm not interested in what you have to say.
This isn't about apologetics, doubt, refutation of the historical Jesus, or religious debate.
I'd just like to hear other Christian-ish peoples ideas on this.
Okay, so, if you are Christian, or there abouts...
1. What is your political stance
2. How do you justify this with your beliefs in Jesus and his teachings?
Raised to fear the politically Left, which I now support. Wasn't even really aware about politics etc.
Communism was bad - because of its secular nature.
As I began to understand politics, I couldn't believe how much Christian Churches supported Conservatism.
Its like, if you're a Christian you're conservative. It freaked me out... coz I'm so anti-capitalist, anti-tradition (in alot of respects).
And it just seemed so messed up because no where in the teachings of Jesus could I find anything that supported Capitalism, or traditional institutionalised religion (which I know is just practical for Christians).
I mean, according to the 4 Biblical accounts, Jesus was all about social justice and social equality, right?
He treated women and men more equally than others did in those days.
He had empathy and compassion for any who were suffering.
He insisted multiple times on the love of others above the self.
He called religious zealots hypocrits
And whilst he taught in the institutional synagogue, he also taught outside, in towns, in peoples homes, at parties - wherever; it wasn't just a Sunday morning.
I know that religion and politics are cultural agents - affected in their own way and developed differently in different societies.
BUT HOW DOES A RELIGION BASED ON SUCH VALUES IDENTIFY WITH CONSERVATISM?!
Apart from the contemporary freedom of worship element (in my country anyway).
Of course... things are different today.
In my branch of the religion anyway... theres the liberal Leftys been introduced.
Progressive < < < ME < < < < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > > Conservative
liberal < < < ME < < < < < < < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > > > traditional
Gender equality < ME < < < < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > > Wives submit
Jesus died as an ultimate example < < | > >ME> Jesus died to redeem & save
Spiritual < Me < < < < < < < < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > > > Religious
Community oriented < Me < < < < < < | > > > Family and Church Institution
Socially Just < Me < < < < < < < < < < |> > > > > >Tithe! ie Pay the leaders
Find ways around Biblical principals < < < Me > > > Bible literalists
Bible subjective < < < < < ME< | > > > > > > > Bible absolute truth
Morals more relative in a way < < < < < < Me | > > > > > > Traditional Morals
Unobtrusive < < < < < Me < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > Highly evangelical
Alternative < < < < < < Me < < < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > > Orthodox
Complex < < < < < < < < < < < < < < | > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Simple
But both the Institutional Religious Right and Communal Spritual Left have elements that seem to go against things Jesus taught!