Sometimes all it takes is a beautiful day, to make you thankful and get you thinking.
It was a perfect fall day yesterday here in the Pacific Northwest. The sky was a rich crystal blue, without a single cloud. Rain had been predicted, so my husband and I were especially enjoying our luck on this Saturday as we were heading over to Costco to pickup some frozen Spanakopita, it is absolutely delicious. As I was trying to decide how many boxes I would get this visit, I mentioned to my husband that I thought Costco's Spanakopita was so good, that I could serve it to my Greek family, and claim that I had made it, and they would believe me. Of course, Greek guilt would get to me, and my Greek Orthodox Christian values of "thou shall not lie" would kick in. But this isn't about Spanakopita, blue skies or Greek guilt.
As we drove along on this gorgeous morning, we passed George Fox University, a Christian university which offers an excellent Executive MBA program. Globally respected for it's foundation in ethical leadership. Nothing wrong with that we both agreed. Except that in the United States, over the last 7 years of, all that is George W. Bush, the Christian religion has been hijacked by the conservative extremists. Giving all of us Christians a bad name. Kind of like the terrorists of 9/11 and Muslim extremists giving all Muslims a bad rap. But this isn't about an MBA, Bush or terrorism.
We decided at that point that Jesus was a liberal. After all, doesn't "love your neighbor as yourself", "blessed are the peacemakers" and "love your enemies" sound more Democrat than Republican? The values of diversity, inclusion and tolerance are liberal and Christian. Comical to even put those three words in the same sentence as our conservative politicians.
Is it too much to expect that the politicians who choose to mix religion with politics, and invoke the values of Christianity into their platforms, at least be accurate? Why do we let them? Isn't it up to real Christians to hold them to it? Lying about Spanakopita pales in comparison.