My Liberal Agenda

A stranger exposed me yesterday.

He visited my Twitter page after the second of two of our nation’s deadliest mass shootings occurring in the past 35 days, to announce that it was actually my fault.

Never mind that I’m vehemently anti-gun proliferation and have never owned a weapon of any kind—such minor details proved inconsequential in the face of his confident and pinpoint diagnosis of the matter.

“It’s people like you are the problem here!” he scolded. “Politicizing a tragedy, disrespecting shooting victims, and inciting hatred—you’re causing this violence!”

At first this seemed completely nonsensical, but he stated it with such conviction that I had to reconsider.

People like me?” I thought to myself. “Could I in my resistance to guns, actually be to blame for a country with all these mass shootings?”

I began to mount a fierce protest, when he interrupted me.

“You liberals and your agenda are the real danger here!”

Then it hit me.
I realized that I’d been found out.
My cover had been blown.
I’d have to come clean and cop to the charges.

I knew I needed to make a confession to my social media prosecutor and to the watching world—so here it is,

My “Liberal Agenda” is:

Thousands of people not being murdered each year in America—and professed Christians not worshiping the guns used to kill them.

Supposedly Christian politicians getting out of bed with the NRA and realizing that their expression of “thoughts and prayers” when followed with complete inaction—may as well be bullets for the next mass shooting.

Mentally ill people and criminals not having access to handguns—and asking this President and these Republican leaders why they recently removed the barriers that made such things difficult.

Respecting mass shooting victims enough to talk about them while the world actually gives a damn about them—and before they’re soon replaced the next day or the next week by more mass shooting victims we’re told that it’s “too soon” for us to talk about.

Stopping white American Christians with guns from ignoring the vast, bloody, and growing resume of white American Christians with guns—and artificially magnifying that of Muslims and brown people with guns.

Condemning the truth-allergic cesspool that is FoxNews and confronting the once-rational adults who now daily drink their toxic Kool-Aid with non-fake news otherwise known as reality.

Contending that people fortunate enough to be born in America aren’t more inherently valuable or more deserving of liberty than those who were not born here.

Asking why, in their rabid defense of the 2nd Amendment—do American gun lovers willfully overlook both the “well-regulated” and “Militia” portions.

Wondering why these same folks seem far less passionate about the 1st Amendment, when people like me suggest that their guns and their gunlust may actually be the gun problem we have here.

Asking why America has the highest gun homicide rate of any developed country—and suggesting it has something to do with the NRA’s influence on the gun laws of this country, the number of guns in the system, and the cowboy culture around them.

Yes, and while we’re at it, it’s also:

Calling out the celebrity evangelists who’ve completely cast aside their calling, betrayed faith tradition, and discarded their namesake—all for a Supreme Court seat and the favor of a President who bears no resemblance to Jesus.

Pushing back against Nazis, white supremacists, and racists—whether they’re marching in the streets with torches or marching through the Oval Office and the House with discriminatory legislation.

Defending athletes of color when they kneel to protest their marginalization by white people by saying that Black Lives Matter—and are met with further marginalization by white people who show that those lives still don’t.

Exposing a white Evangelical Church that passionately cultivates contempt for LGBTQ people, for Muslims, for non-Christians—and wants to escape culpability for the violence this visits upon them.

Demanding professed ‘pro-life’ activists have as much regard for life outside of the womb as for life within it—long after it leaves the birth canal.

Affirming that God is neither white, nor male, nor American, nor Christian—and that God doesn’t specifically bless America.

Demanding that no one have to choose between life-saving care or paying their mortgage.

Opposing any religious tradition that attempts to contest with musty doctrine, what Science has made clear about this world.

Insisting that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we’re sitting on be protected from degradation—not subjected to it by those of us fortunate enough to be here.

A diversity, equality, and justice that make room for more than just white American, Republican Christians. 

Yeah, you know—now that I see it all in black and white like this, I suppose it is dangerous: fewer guns, more barriers to having them, less money for gun lobbyists, Christian politicians and leaders who actually resemble Jesus—and equality for people despite their gender identity, sexual orientation, physical condition, religious tradition, pigmentation, or nation of origin.

I could see how someone could view that as a problem, how it could be threatening.

Yes, I stand here accused of this subversive, dangerous, supposedly America-destroying Liberal Agenda.

And I’m guilty as charged.

 

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91 thoughts on “My Liberal Agenda

  1. All so-called “issues” are created to divide and distract us. Similarly, all ideologies are created to divide and distract us. Christians should not have an agenda or work to transform the world. We have been given a mission to take the Good News of spiritual salvation to all people. People are desperately in need of spiritual salvation.

    Liberalism and conservatism are both wrong responses to the problem of sin. They are both based on a grain of truth mixed with lies.

    Liberalism: People want to be free to sin and are sad when their ability to sin is restricted. [This is the grain of truth.] Liberals work to decriminalize, destigmatize and normalize sin. Criminalizing sin turns ordinary people into criminals and stigmatizing sin can lead people to look down on others, so decriminalizing and destigmatizing sin can be good things. However, the liberal idea of acceptance demands that we normalize sin (wrongly state that sin is not sin). If people are to turn to God and receive the spiritual blessings that entails, they need to accept their sins, repent and turn to Him, so telling them that sin is not sin is not really helping them.

    Conservatism: Sinful acts can destroy lives and create problems for other people. [This is the grain of truth.] For example, drug addicted parents neglect their children, which leaves them open to abuse. Drug addicts are generally not able to hold down a job so are forced to steal from their loved ones and strangers. Conservatives seek to minimize the negative effects of sin to individuals and society by restricting the ability of people to sin through criminalizing and stigmatizing sin. Conservatism can reduce sinful acts but does not reduce sinful desires. It encourages people to hide their sinful desires rather than confront and overcome them. It can lead people to judge others harshly and ignore our own sins and believe that refraining from committing sinful acts while harboring sinful desires makes us right with God. The Bible criticizes both of these responses.

    The Bible doesn’t say transform the world (liberalism) and neither does it say restrict the ability of others to commit sinful acts (conservatism). It says transform your heart (the source of your desires) through the Holy Spirit and tell others this message so they can also come to enjoy the fruits of the spirit. Loving people (treating people well according to their unique needs and circumstances) softens their hearts and makes them receptive to God’s message of salvation. We should love everyone and speak spiritual truths to them when presented with opportunities to bring them into the light and out of sinfulness.

    • “People want to be free to sin and are sad when their ability to sin is restricted. [This is the grain of truth.] Liberals work to decriminalize, destigmatize and normalize sin.”

      The words of a five year old, cowering in the corner lest Sister Bernice smack your hands with a ruler.

      Thanks for playing.

  2. Just when I think DJT can’t take the nation to a new low, he does. And the sad part is that it isn’t a surprise anymore. I now believe he and the majority government leadership and the NRA and all like them will take us to the depths of hell. Anything short of that would be a surprise. I AM A LIBERAL if the definition is caring and empathy and compassion and love and peace and passion.

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