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Monday, November 03rd, 2008 | Author:


Originally uploaded by bukowskigrl.

I voted early, I’m sure from the pic you can tell for who.

In my younger days I was a Republican. I believed in my party and was gung ho about it. I cried when Clinton beat Bush in 1992 and worked diligently for the Republicans as a Communications Officer in the Indiana House of Representatives. I was a Republican with all the necessary credentials.

Then, something changed. Midway through the 1998 General Assembly I started hearing things on the Indiana House floor that I just couldn’t agree with…or believe in. Things that were held as closely guarded truths by the party and the individuals who represented it.

As a Christian, I believe that the Bible is not a black and white text that allows us to judge others. Rather, it is a guide book that we should use to steer us on our path. The greatest responsibility we have as Christians is a call to conscience. So much of the suffering and inhumanity we see today is used as fodder to point blame in an election. As a nation I feel that we have lost our moral compass. Not in our ability to discern black and white (which is part of the problem), but rather in our inability to practice humanity with each other. When Republicans and the Christian Right paint themselves as the moral compass of America I became so infuriated I want to throw dishes. The left is painted as heretics and “other”, those who are somehow a “minority” in this culture and who couldn’t possibly understand “true” Christian values. I know this is not all Christians (or Republicans) but I find it hard to ally myself with a party that would allow this type of exclusionary and self-righteous speech to be a masthead for their cause.

The Bible contains many books, written by individuals divinely inspired, that describe concepts of right and wrong. However, the most important phrase in the whole damn thing (and I am paraphrasing) “Above all else do this: Love your neighbor as yourself”. It is a very simple truth, but the one that seems to be forgotten every day.

Why this long rant, for this reason: I am a Democrat and I voted for Obama because I believe he embodies this simple truth. I believe he has the capability to lead our nation back to this truth. Knowing that while the rights of individuals are sacred and an important part of our nation, we must recognize that when we debase or diminish others we diminish ourselves and make our nation weaker in the process.

Above all else, love your neighbor as yourself. Don’t judge him, don’t hate her….love them and know that by creating equality and understanding we truly live the lives Jesus intended when he spoke that simple phrase.

I believe Democrats are the ‘”Love Like Jesus” party. I believe their philosophies and goals are more in line with conscience we were intended to have as individuals and as a nation. Whether one is Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or Atheist, I believe this truth rings truth. Kindness, love, humility and compassion are truths we can all believe in.

Can we do it? Yes we can.