In Florida, an atheist organization is coming under fire for a string of billboards that assert: “One Nation – No God”. According to Fox News.Com, the organization says it wants the community to know during patriotic holidays “atheists are Americans too.” Politics and faith…are they parallels?
The question becomes are the lines of patriotism blurred when as it pertains to religion? In order to be considered truly patriotic, do we all have to agree in areas of faith, life, or ice cream flavor?
Politics and faith is a “thing” or is it?
Surely, you remember when President Obama was elected. The Body of Christ became incredibly divided. It was like the unity of one Body morphed into a distorted and twisted monster with two polarized sides and lots of “heads”.
Political emails threatened friendships and something as simple as a t-shirt created dissension among buddies.
Some Christians questioned the faith of other Christians simply because they voted for a Democrat or Republican. It was (or is?) a dark time.
Back to the billboard signs, I must say that these expressions are not new. This group has been erecting their signage for a while – as early as last year. However, the most recent one made national news because of its patriotic slant.
For me, I cannot separate my beliefs from my views.
I believe what I believe. It is what it is.
Still, that doesn’t mean I cannot sit down and have a burger with someone that believes differently, right?
I am a devoted Christ-follower. I love Him and am true to Him. Just because I don’t agree with a particular person, channel, or network doesn’t mean I’m not a Christian.
I’m “bugged” when the strength (or weakness) of my (or any Christian’s) faith enters a political dialogue. Politics and faith are not synonymous.
I am further “bugged” when people assume I believe a certain way because of my faith.
I am also bugged when people touch my hair – but that’s another conversation altogether. :/
So the questions remain, how rigid are the lines that connect our Christianity and our political views? Should the issue continue to arise? I’m not so sure.
In the end, I think faith and patriotism are two different things. I’m a Christian and my salvation isn’t going anywhere, but my political part may change over time.
What about you?