Friday, January 30, 2015
Hoping to Obtain Maturity
I might as well get it out of the way right now; I am a conservative. I always have been. I idolized Reagan when I was a kid, and turned my nose up at the thought of anyone choosing to be a Democrat. Silly peasants.
I am also very conservative in my beliefs. My faith is top priority. However in my younger adult years, my socially conservative views would often trump my religious views. With the exception of my best friend whom I adored (and, well, my parents), my friends were very conservative Jews, Muslims, and other like minded Christians. I would have rather spent time with an extremely conservative atheist than a "fuzzy" Christian. Self-righteousness reigned supreme over actual Christ-like love in my life. I didn't hang out with my Jewish, Muslim, or atheist friends because I cared about their salvation, but because they thought like I did on all worldy and political matters. I liked them, some I even loved, but the fact that they thought like I did was the most important part of our friendship.
Even just typing all that out and re-reading it makes me cringe.
Fast forward quite a few years. I am still a conservative in my political and religious views (although there has never been a politician to replace my "Gipper", and I have matured enough to know that it isn't all so cut and dry), but the person I described above annoys me to no end. I would not be able to hang out with her for more than a few minutes before the rhetoric and propaganda just plain wore me out. And it was my own rhetoric for years.
There are still certain subjects over which I will not budge. What they are doesn't matter anymore. The Lord knows where my heart stands, right or wrong, and He will deal with me on it if I need convicting. My God is that big. I am not smushy in my faith; I am interested simply in the Gospel, biblical truth, and showing Christ's love, but it is no longer necessary for me to bash others over the head with it.
And those Jewish and Muslim friends? I love them even more now, but it has nothing to do with my pharisaical moralist approach to life anymore, but a deep love of people. Even if we come from differing points of view.