“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
— St. Francis of Assisi
I have a proposal for those who are already established in a political party. If you are a Christian, since you believe you know what your party stands for why not become a missionary to the other party? I know this sounds crazy, but think about it for awhile. We do not try to make Christians out of individuals who are already followers of Jesus (well, let me correct that, make Christians out of committed, active, and obviously in God’s will people). Why then, not seek to align the platform of both parties to one that supports moral and spiritual values and works against the evil that is an enemy of us all.
I am not just talking theory here. This is something I myself have done. Let me share a bit of my earlier resume’. I was the first Baptist to serve on the board of Dallas Right to Life. I was an organizer for the Religious Roundtable. I am the founder of Hill Country Right to Life and the Schreiner College Young Republicans. I was a delegate to the Republican Convention. I was train by NICPAC and the Young Republicans in political activism. Now, I volunteer and write to support Democrats who are like-minded in values and convictions. I feel I have been successful in convincing some of moderating their views to a point that they too are more in favor of stances that look at the big picture (also, I could never support Trump).
How can this work? Let’s take an issue like the abortion debate. This issue will never be solved by laws against abortion. The only way their will be change is to change our cultural perspective. What I propose is to seek to get other Democrats to see this. Democrats are big on the issue of women’s rights, this is a noble stance. Why not work to join an attitude of pro-life with position that seeks to support women who become pregnant with an unplanned pregnancy financially, emotionally, and with any other support they may need. Why not seek to promote research that would provide safe and effective contraception that is more effective than what we now have. Also, we need to educate men as to their responsibility in this issue and make them accountable. If Democrats would take the life of the unborn child more seriously and reflect this in their platform think of how much good could be done.
Another issue, the widening gap between rich and poor. The Republicans are extremely pro-business. What if some individuals with current Democrat leanings who are Christians would begin to work to seek to make that part more sensitive to workers needs? Think of good that could be done.
If you look at the platforms of both parties you can find good and find things that need to be adjusted. I am not so Pollyanna to think that we can bring about universal agreement, but we can make changes that would promote more civility and unity. Even the hardest of heads can be softened with the right approach and love. Our Lord taught us that. Our current cultural wars are only going to bring more hatred and suffering into a deeply divided world. Christians are to be reconcilers not pawns to be used by political power brokers.
Will this be difficult? Yes it will. However, our Lord never said that anything that we do for the Kingdom would be easy. Is this the right thing to do? If we really care about our call to be reconcilers and witness to God’s truth, then yes it is the right thing to do. I hope you will consider it.