One of the biggest threats to Christianity is politics. Far too many Christians make decisions, not based on the Bible, but based on their political affiliation. Of course, this is never admitted, even though it is easily recognizable. A person will baptize their political beliefs to make it sound like they are basing their position on Scripture, when in all reality they are towing the party line. There is not a Christian and non-Christian political party in America. There are two parties with two different ideologies. Both parties contain Christians, and both parties appeal to the Bible. The problem within the church is not with the parties, the problem is with anyone who feels more loyalty to the party than the church. Anyone who votes or watches the news is at risk. I don’t know of any Christian who would admit to placing politics above Christianity, but it happens. Politicians know and understand the game. They are persuasive, and many of them will do whatever it takes to get a vote.
We would like things to be easy, but that is not often the case. Politicians will make an issue sound cut and dry, but that’s only because they are biased. Political and social issues are often more complicated than they seem. What does it mean to be pro-life? A politician may say “It means you are against abortion.” All Christians should be pro-life, but being pro-life is much more than an abortion issue. Being pro-life means that we respect human life at all costs. It means we are against the abortion of fetuses, but we are also for women receiving health-care so their babies do not die after they are born (The U.S. ranks 34th in infant mortality rate, right behind Cuba and Croatia). It means we are against embryonic stem cell research, but we are also against innocent life being taken in war, on death row, or for any reason at all. To be a Christian means we take positions that are neither Republican nor Democrat. They are positions that transcend politics. They are Christian positions.
For more than a month politicians, reporters, and people in general have been talking about Trayvon Martin. For most of that time the discussion has been bipartisan. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for a thorough investigation, and for justice to be served. More recently some have began to choose sides. The new black panther party has put a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman’s head, and Geraldo Rivera has stated that the hoodie was as much at fault as the shooter (I shouldn’t have to say this, but both of these are ridiculous positions). Some people on the left are quick to point out George Zimmerman’s history of violence, while others on the right want to point to Trayvon Martin’s suspension from school. Once again a position involving life and death has become politicized. We do not know everything that happened that night, and maybe never will. Only two people know the entire truth, Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin is now dead and we are left with the testimony of the man who pulled the trigger. All we do know is that a 17 year old boy, carrying nothing but skittles and an ice tea, was shot by a man following him with a gun. The man was told by a 911 operator not to follow, but he decided not to listen. Trayvon Martin had every right to walk down his street without being harassed. He had every right to go buy a bag of skittles and an ice tea, and return home safely to watch the basketball game with his family. Because I am pro-life I believe Trayvon Martin should not be dead today, but he is and that is not right.