It is Easter Sunday!
As I mentioned before, I am a Christian and Easter is like the Super Bowl of the Christian year. It is a reminder of many things, but I like to reflect on how we are supposed to relate our faith to life in general. I can’t help but be disturbed by the trend of blending religion and politics. I believe the writers of the Constitution warned us about keeping religion and the state separated. I believe government should stay out of religion and religion should stay out of government.
Now that doesn’t mean government employees should ignore their faith, whatever that faith is, but I don’t like it when politicians use religion to justify what they want to do as public officials. I know that is not what this country’s founders intended, and I know that is not what Christianity is about. Followers of Christ are to love God, love their neighbors, and love their enemies. That’s right; love, not hate. We can defend ourselves and others without abandoning the love we have pledged to feel for others, even our enemies. We are not to attack others out of fear or hatred. We can defend against injustice without being unjust. Unfortunately, today’s politicians try to get votes by playing off our fears and want us to act out hatred. Don’t be fooled by these people. They are not following the teachings of Christ.
Many evil things have been done throughout history in the name of religion. The extreme terrorists are doing it in the name of Islam. Our politicians are doing it in the name of Christianity. The degree of wrongness may be different, but they are still both wrong. We have to stand up and let the politicians know this is not what we want. If we say nothing, we will get nothing. If we stand with evil, we will get evil. If we live and lead by love, we will get love.
Yes, I sound like I’m preaching, but I do believe this. Love is more powerful than hate. It always has been and always will be. The politicians who preach hate believe love is weakness. That is the pitfall they have fallen into. Let’s not join them there.
I think it is the other way around. Love is strength.