Confessions of a former card-carrying Republican

I used to carry my Republican credentials proudly in my billfold and flash my card in public. In every election but a few since I could legally vote I pulled the Republican lever in the voting booth. I listened to conservative talking heads beat up on liberals and Democrats. I discovered the conservative right is as extreme and polarized as the liberal left.

That’s when I became a non-politic. They say you’re not supposed to mixreligion politics politics and religion (No one has ever told me who “they” are). But I think politics and religion fit together perfectly. Both embrace performance-based acceptance. Both condemn and shun anyone with an opposing viewpoint. Both think they’re better than their neighbors. Both depend on archaic rules, traditions and customs. They both want to convince you that they’re right and everyone else is wrong. Both want to convince you that they have all the answers to all the questions in all the world. Both survive by making grandiose promises. They both strive to make folks feel good. Both have their roots in Pharisaic dogma masquerading as truth and moral correctness.

I think I’ll stick to calling myself a non-politic authentic follower of Jesus. He wasn’t about politics or religion either. Thank God.

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