Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Christians being careful of rhetoric in politics

While there are a great many subjects that create large amounts of  emotion and can raise the level of rhetoric quickly, there is probably none more emotional than politics. When Christians engage in politics, and our discussions of politics, we need to make sure that we are careful of our rhetoric and keep it consistent with our rhetoric in other things.Recently we, in the convention, had a dust up of controversy over Calvinism. In the end we agreed that we need to be unified in purpose and agree to disagree on other things. It was also determined that we need to be careful of our rhetoric with each other. But it seems that in politics we excuse some things we would otherwise condemn. I am a bit concerned over the rhetoric with regards to Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul. I see a lot of rhetoric that is inconsistent where they are concerned.

First, some of us are working to divide each other. Pitting Ted Cruz and the Tea Party against everyone else is not Christian rhetoric. In fact it is the very rhetoric and divide that the extreme liberal left has worked to achieve. While some may not agree with the method guys like Cruz and Paul use we need to be careful not to forget that we are all looking for the same thing. Suggesting that "Hey, I am like Reagan and you, you are just the Tea Party" is not only divisive but it is childish. It seems Ronald Reagan has left a legacy that makes people want to be like him. The problem is we have reached a point where everybody wants to claim him as their model for what ever they want but cannot seem to back up that claim with anything substantive. Reagan has become an excuse for division and ungodly rhetoric rather than what his legacy was really about which is unity.

Secondly let's be sure not to make claims or characterizations of anyone including our politicians that are misleading or are flat out not true. Sometimes things our politicians push for or do can be quite extreme and vial. For example there are quite a few politicians that push for unfettered access to abortion. And I believe wholeheartedly that we need to speak up about such atrocities. Where we ere, I believe, is when we pit a man who stands up for what he believes to be true and label him with things like "purist" and suggest that he is something other than what he claims to be. We need to be careful in assigning motive to people we cannot actually confirm from them.

These things are not part of what Christian rhetoric should look like. We as Christians should not obtain our phrases and talking points from the secular media. When Christian rhetoric starts to look like that then we can know that we are moving in the wrong direction. Let's step back and take a look at our rhetoric and make sure it represents the very God who saved us and bought us with a price.

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