Friday, July 30, 2010

I quit being political!

I was saddened to read this morning that Ann Rice quit being a Christian. Hers was a pretty powerful reconversion story on the surface anyway. As for myself, I read and enjoyed the Vampire Chronicles  in an earlier life. At some point I realized the inherent danger in immersing myself in those fictional worlds and gave it up.Whatever the case, I had at least some connection to Ann through her writing.

When Ann publicly told of her reconversion, like many Christians, it was uplifting for me. So for her to un-convert saddens me and her reasoning makes it all the more hard to swallow. I won't restate what she said. Instead you can read that here.

In the end it looks like Ann quit being a Christian because she couldn't make it fit her liberal ideology. I have long considered myself a political conservative. However, the more I allow my faith to take over and guide my life, the more I see how political ideology can pollute true faith in God. Christianity is far older than anything in the current environment of American politics. While I do admire many conservative thinkers, when I die I don't want to spend eternity in the Newt Gingrich vision. I am looking forward instead to the Beatific Vision.

Therefore, I quit being political. I had actually come to this conclusion several months ago, but with Ann's declaration I thought that I might make one of my own. I will no longer vote for and/or support political candidates nor embrace views based on any ideology other than Christianity. Rather, I will vote my conscience and support or resist political issues only after doing my best to form my Christian conscience by striving to understanding my faith, seeking to learn what God expects from me and praying for guidance from the Holy Spirit.

In the name of....Christ, I quit being political. Amen

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