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Ethics versus Morals | eciov
My life is a struggle of in and out of focus Christianity and a desire for God that strobes like a bad horror movie. Every time I feel encouraged in faith, someone, something or a whole group of people do something extremely stupid that makes me wonder, “Why would I ever want to be part of that club?” Wearing the Christian brand is something I want for my relationship with God, but it’s a scarlet letter for Apologists. I’m not using the classical definition of Apologists (Wikipedia); I’m using it to refer to the countless number of Christians who end up apologizing for their “brothers and sisters.” Don’t all Christians read the same Bible, follow the same rules, and have the same beliefs? Why should one Christian apologize for another? The easy answer is that not one of us is perfect, but we have God’s grace waiting for us when we fall. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand God’s grace. We apologize to those people because they’ve probably known a Christian who knocked them down as they fell. I’m not afraid to tell someone I’m a Christian. All too often, after the initial shock subsides, non-Christians tell me stories of the fallen: their Christian aunt who shoves religion down their throat, their Christian next door neighbor who leaves nasty letters in their mailbox but invites them to church every week, or their Christian parent who drank too much and beat them but taught Bible school every Sunday. I don’t like it, but I’m sure that I’ve been the story of the fallen for a non-Christian at some point. We all fail, we’re all mean, we all have stupid opinions… some just do it louder than others. For the purposes of this post, we’ll call the loud ones Elitists. They are often the most vocal and ignorant sample of the Christian political spectrum. Conservatism versus Liberalism I cannot understand a religion where people live on both sides of the fence. In the US, we typically refer to this as Republican versus Democrat… but it’s become much more complicated than that in the last couple years, especially in the Christian sector. As a dramatic overcorrection for the Democratic domination of 2008, the American people voted heavily for Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections. It was a play to regain checks and balances; no one party should control the Presidency, House, and Senate. Unfortunately, those elections introduced a new Republican subculture called the Tea Party — it’s safe to consider them Elitist. The Tea Party does not understand the meaning of compromise. They often call upon their morals to justify their political positions. Most of the time, they vote by a matter of principle: if the Democrats want one outcome, they want they other. By their name’s definition, their only real purpose is to wreak havoc on the government. People on both sides of the political spectrum blame the Tea Party for the complete lack of political progress during the last two years, …