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Let’s stop associating Christian faith with politics

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

In our currently highly politicized and divisive society, individuals and parties have tried to portray themselves as defenders of the Christian faith. The result is a distortion of government and of Christianity.

There is no Christian party, there is no “Christian right” or “Christian left.” God is not a Republican, or Democrat — nor does God bless any particular political or economic system.

I grow tired of the Christian faith being associated with particular political interest groups and political agendas. Those of us who call ourselves Christian would be far better to strive to work together across political, social and ethnic divides to actually live out God’s example in Jesus Christ.

Following our Christmas remembrance of the incarnation, would it not be appropriate to pursue the kind of life and community to which Jesus called his followers? Jesus’ life was dedicated to healing the sick, comforting those who mourn, lifting up the poor, marginalized and oppressed, making peace where there was division, loving his enemies, and bringing forgiveness and mercy.

Could we stop trying to use God’s name to beat up on those we perceive as our enemies, and allow God to perhaps change us in ways that would truly honor God?

Keith B. Miller
1740 Fairview Ave.

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