We have a divide in this country. Depending on your position, you probably think it is a person or group’s fault. And probably a group of which you are not a member. So, it’s the Democrat’s fault says the Republican! It’s the Republican’s fault says the Democrat! It’s the Christians/non-Christians, wealthy/non-wealthy, white/non-white, male/non-male, etc group’s fault!
We love to lay blame on others.
Sometimes, we lay blame on ourselves, to be sure. This often leads to depression or other self-hating feelings.
I recently saw a blog by Sarabeth Caplin that made me think about this. Sarabeth was a Jew, I believe? I’ve never read her stuff before, so not quite sure. Now it seems she is a Christian.
Her piece was quite vitriolic against Christians who support Trump in general and who support his immigration policy in specific. She goes as far as to say, “I also can’t ignore that many of the Christians who were instrumental in shaping my theology as a baby believer are some of the most unapologetic Trump supporters I know. Some of them are no longer my friends, as it became revealed over time that we were no longer morally compatible.”
I understand the feeling of anger and disgust toward people with whom I disagree. I am one of those who have removed many from my social media feeds because of their views. Views which are far too often expressed with anger and hatred that I don’t feel I need in my life.
As a Christian, I long ago put away wondering and commenting on who will make it to Heaven. I know what I believe and will certainly state that unapologetically. On the other hand, I can’t say that God won’t make a different choice. In fact, one of the common themes in my prayers is, “I don’t understand…”
Too many these days feel that they are “right” and those who disagree are “wrong.” I am seeing more and more people bring God or Jesus in on “their” side to say how He is on their side. Maybe it’s that it seems to be used more on the left than before. Maybe it’s because it’s being used as a cudgel against people who support Trump. It seems different. It may have happened, but I don’t recall seeing anyone say that people who supported Obama or Clinton were not getting into Heaven. Although, maybe on abortion though not actually sure I saw that.
Maybe it’s that we have moved from opposing issues to hating entire beings.