During the last election I, and probably many other people like me, were bewildered by the fact that my church felt the need to try to be calm and see the good in both/all political sides. I think this is caused by a mixture between “love your enemy/adversary” commandments, general liberal-seeing-all-sides attitude, and not wanting to alienate people from our church. However it was in sharp contrast to the picture of fundamentalist evangelical churches who were proclaiming “victory” in getting constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, and re-election of Bush etc. How to they get to have all the moral certainty and not be concerned about upsetting people? And even though they may not be the majority of Christians in this country they make the most noise. It’s quite frustrating to me, although (there’s always an “although” I do appreciate the way the Episcopal Church allows me to come to my own conclusions rather than telling me precisely what to believe or what to make of my beliefs).
So I was heartened to see this in the Washington Post today, where liberal Christians are saying that their values are not just the “moral” things that the right-wingers have been banging on about lately. For example:
Battling the notion that “values voters” swept President Bush to victory because of opposition to gay marriage and abortion, three liberal groups released a post-election poll in which 33 percent of voters said the nation’s most urgent moral problem was “greed and materialism” and 31 percent said it was “poverty and economic justice.” Sixteen percent cited abortion, and 12 percent named same-sex marriage.
I think that we’re just afraid to call it like it is.