This is via a group called Christians Tired of Being Misrepresented. I really like what Tracy has to say. She’s talking about the Jesus I believe in, even though I’m a Buddhist and a Pagan. I firmly believe that Jesus was an incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and that means that the Dalai Lama is Jesus come back to show us the way he wanted us to be. Oh yes, I dislike the word “God”. Most of the time this name conjures up for me an irritable, judgemental, punitive, white male, who sits on a throne up in the sky.
“My name is Tracy Nelson, I’m a TV actress and a writer, from a famous family (“The Nelsons”) who have become synonymous with ‘Good Ole American Values.’ This means that fans of my dad’s and grandparents ‘friend’ me on Facebook, and then are shocked and offended when I turn out to be a liberal Christian, and a (gasp) Democrat to boot. I’m a political activist and patient advocate; ‘Obamacare’ is personal to me; I had cancer 3x and was ‘uninsurable’, and lost everything to pay for the care that saved my life…….I wrote a short essay that I wanted to share with you, in hopes that you may consider it or some portion of it for publication on your page. It’s regarding the issue of the apparent disappearance of God from the liberal agenda, and why it might have happened, something I feel very passionately about. Thank you for the work you do, God Bless, Tracy Nelson.”
Many, especially conservatives, are asking: WHY OH WHY is there Democratic resistance to “God”? Beyond the obvious, the separation of church and state, (even Jesus recommended it: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s”, MT 22:21,) there is something else.
I can tell you why liberal Christians like myself are not surprised or offended by our party’s shying away: The right has hijacked God the same way they did the American Flag after 9-11…when you had to wear a flag pin like some kind of fascist salute or you “weren’t a patriot”…a flag pin!
For those of us who try every day to walk the talk, it’s downright embarrassing to call yourself a Christian. The assumption is immediately made that we are narrow minded bigots determined to inject Jesus, whether you like it or not. “God” has become a dirty word, thanks to the Right, who use Him for political instead of spiritual purposes, to justify things like homophobia, misogyny and racism…to justify a particular oppression of the soul. If the Right is upset that there’s no God in the Democratic Platform, it’s nobody’s fault but their own.
Jesus was a radical, folks, teaching the revolutionary concept of turning the other cheek at a time when only power and force were respected. He (and Paul) spoke tirelessly of helping the poor, the sick, the elderly, even at the expense of one’s own solvency, even if it meant leveling the playing field by having the rich pay more. Jesus was the one to exhort the rich man to give away all of his things, Jesus is the one who talked about how hard it was for the rich man to get into heaven. This concept of giving away your money to help those less fortunate was radical then, and it is radical now.
Make tons of money, we all want to, that’s American, but don’t call yourself a Christian or say we are a “Christian Nation” if you cannot abide by this basic tenet: YOU ARE CALLED TO HELP THE SICK AND THE POOR AND THE ELDERLY. To argue or justify how you can be a Christian and not do so is being what Jesus hated most of all: “a hypocrite.”