Practicing The Golden Rule

Southern Beale is taking on national bloggers Digby and Atrios this morning in a post about Christianity and the reaction of national liberal bloggers regarding statements made my Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle.

Oh for Chrissakes, people. That’s not what she’s saying, okay? That’s not what Christians mean when they say “God has a plan,” and “have a little faith,” alright? I swear, are you folks being intentionally obtuse for the sake of scoring a cheap political point or are you really just that out of touch with the faith community that you don’t know what Christians mean when they say “God has a plan”?


Look, no one is saying it’s God’s plan for war or for a woman to be raped, or for anyone to be sexually molested. What they are saying is that even though these horrible things may happen, God has a plan to pull us through. God will make it right. God will create a blessing where humans create tragedy. That is what it means to say “God has a plan” and “have a little faith.” Every Christian regardless of their political persuasion knows what that means. Twisting the words around to make them horrible does not help your cause, it just makes you look like asses. It makes you look intolerant. And ignorant.

Liberal Christians do exist. I tend to keep my faith to myself although I’ve written about it before at Newscoma. I do think that So. Beale is making a very good point here.  We as progressives might want to remember that we don’t want to dismiss others and skew their words because we don’t want that done to us.

The Golden Rule isn’t a bad one. And honestly, the things that Angle and Palin said are, as SB put it, Christianese.  For Christians, it reverts back to faith.

Finding myself defending two women I wouldn’t vote for ever boggles my mind as well, but not everyone is the same. If we want there to be light shed on issues such as the Mosque in Murfreesboro, we have to be tolerant of those with different viewpoints  us as well. We have bigger things to contend with than tearing apart Christianese. It accomplishes very little.

Honestly, you can be a progressive and a Christian.  I suggest you take a look at John Shuck. His blog represents that point everyday.

4 comments for “Practicing The Golden Rule

  1. June 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Well, then more of them need to speak up. The goofballs make other Christians look bad because “nice” Christians won’t speak up and get in their face.

    The loudest voice gets the attention, whether any of us like it or not.

  2. June 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I’m somewhere between Southern Beale and the Cracker here. As a progressive Christian myself, I understand what Angle is saying — but it doesn’t make it any less insensitive. It doesn’t make it any more appropriate to base the policy of a secular government on any one religious belief … a religious belief that is not in line with the same tradition from which many pro-life Christians pull their beliefs on same-sex marriage.

    “God has a plan” is supposed to be a comfort … not code for “shut up and suffer.”

  3. June 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

    That’s why I decided to write about it today. 🙂

  4. June 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Samantha, that is a very good point. God has a plan sometimes is used as a weapon instead of offering solace and comfort. Well said.

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