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    I just thought it was strange that with the left painting itself as the party of compassion and what they present as Christian values (vaguely defined as love, compassion, tolerance) the majority of actual practicing Christians seem to be voting on the right? This isn't just in the US, as the article below shows it is also happening in Britain and I have seen similar things mentioned across Europe. In general I think it is because the Bible and Christian faith puts restrictions on the way people live, while many on the Left think that there should be no restrictions - even to the extent that you can hurt others if that's the way you want to live.

    So if the left are truly compassionate, why are Christians voting right? Is it because the left aren't or is there something else in play?
    British Christians were disproportionately likely to vote Tory in the recent general election, figures have shown.

  • #2
    Originally posted by ChatterBox View Post
    So if the left are truly compassionate, why are Christians voting right?
    If they were truly compassionate this would be a problem. In America most leftists support the right to abortion, which is about a far as anyone can get from being compassionate. Those on the left talk about compassion while those on the right practice it.
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    • #3
      I'll ditto the post by theophilus and add that you would be astounded if the values of the Left were compared to the values of the Right. However, the Right surges, then backs away. It is a sad commentary for we Christians who rejoice that we are "right."
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Winken View Post
        I'll ditto the post by theophilus and add that you would be astounded if the values of the Left were compared to the values of the Right. However, the Right surges, then backs away. It is a sad commentary for we Christians who rejoice that we are "right."
        That's one of the things I respect about the "Right" is that they limit themselves or are put in check by the Constitution. If left unchecked the left would totally do away with any limitations or restrictions. The majority would rule over the minority and the minority would not be protected under the Constitution (true democracy vs Constitutional Republic).

        But regarding the surging, I think a lot of people are just rebellious and will take the opposite side from the current norm no matter what. Sway left, and many will rebel, sway right, and many will rebel. They lack a foundation and only stand against what they consider oppressive (Law and God).

        As far as the OP, the left has a nasty habit of redefining things such as love and compassion.

        When they reject the standard bearer (God), an individual or society decides what is virtuous. Tolerance becomes compromise, and each time we compromise we are leaning away from our foundation. I wrote a piece long ago on this subject, just a little observation I had while listening to a left leaning "christian" body: Aristotle's explanation of "the mean". -Christforums

        The left has no foundation, and nothing by which it stands for. And that's what should caution us about so many who have recently joined the "Right" but do not stand for our party's platform. These Republican In Name Only (RINO) are known today as the alternative right. If we are not careful we could easily be watered down losing our way. I believe Christianity is central on the "Right", because there is no morality or virtue apart from God. It is not a surprise to me that the First Amendment and Declaration of Independence recognize this.

        God bless,
        William
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        • #5
          Well said ........
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          • #6
            Not all Christians are on the right. There is a godly minority that hasn't sold out the poor and needy to right wing ideologues who seek to deceive the people into giving their money and their rights to the ruling oligarchy of multinational corporations and the super rich.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ChatterBox View Post
              I just thought it was strange that with the left painting itself as the party of compassion and what they present as Christian values (vaguely defined as love, compassion, tolerance) the majority of actual practicing Christians seem to be voting on the right? This isn't just in the US, as the article below shows it is also happening in Britain and I have seen similar things mentioned across Europe. In general I think it is because the Bible and Christian faith puts restrictions on the way people live, while many on the Left think that there should be no restrictions - even to the extent that you can hurt others if that's the way you want to live.

              So if the left are truly compassionate, why are Christians voting right? Is it because the left aren't or is there something else in play?
              Does it matter for Christians to be concerned with political right or left? Can any here tell me when Jesus directed His church to be concerned with politics at all. Did he ever say that the church was going to make the world a better place by politics?

              What was the purpose of the church? And di he ever say we are at home here?
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              • #8
                Does it make a difference whether a Christian is left or right? It absolutely does. First off being a right-winger because one does not like the Democrats is unthinking and illogical, as is unthinkingly choosing the entire platform of either side. Some say liberals have no moral foundation, but liberals have consistently stood for social issues central to the Christian faith. Here are a few verses to think about:

                Defend the weak and the fatherless;
                uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
                Rescue the weak and the needy;
                deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
                Ps 82:3-4

                Give the king your justice, O God,
                and your righteousness to the royal son!
                May he judge your people with righteousness,
                and your poor with justice!
                Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
                and the hills, in righteousness!
                May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
                give deliverance to the children of the needy,
                and crush the oppressor!
                Ps 72:1-4

                Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
                will himself call out and not be answered.
                Pr 21:13

                Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
                for the rights of all who are destitute.
                Speak up and judge fairly;
                defend the rights of the poor and needy.
                Pr 31:8-9

                The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
                The wicked does not understand such concern.
                Pr 29:7

                Learn to do right; seek justice.
                Defend the oppressed.
                Take up the cause of the fatherless;
                plead the case of the widow.
                Is 1:17

                I stand with the democrats because the GOP has become dangerous and thoroughly unamerican. If you look at the platforms of the Republican leaders of the past you will see that they would be hated by the GOP as Socialist by the right-wingers of today.

                Look at the positions that the GOP loves today. They are trying their utmost to pass a health care bill that will take health care away from 20-30 million people. You say that liberals are not pro-life because most support abortion. But Republicans clearly show that they care nothing at all about the lives of those babies or they would fight tooth and nail to make sure that they have quality health care that their families can afford after they are born.

                You say that right-wingers are compassionate, but that's definitely not what American Christians are known for world wide. We are known as uncaring bigots who care for no one but themselves. And it was mentioned that most Christians in Europe are on the political right, but that is very misleading because European countries are far left of American politics. Most right wing political parties in Europe are closer to moderate democrats here (not counting Britain and the far right neo-Nazi parties in Europe. The European neo-Nazis are far closer to the GOP).

                It was mentioned that most Christians and Christian churches are politically right-wing. Sadly that is true, but all that means is that their religion is not pure and undefiled before our God and Father (Jas 1:27). Also it's interesting to note that in Mt 25:31-46 Christ could have spoken about any number of sins that describe false Christians. He could have mentioned heretical beliefs, he could have mentioned failure to associate with other believers in a church, or refusing to partake in the sacraments. But in every single case, the sins he chose were social sins against the poor, the refugees and immigrants, the sick, and the prisoners.

                Randy
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CatRandy View Post
                  Does it make a difference whether a Christian is left or right? It absolutely does. First off being a right-winger because one does not like the Democrats is unthinking and illogical, as is unthinkingly choosing the entire platform of either side. Some say liberals have no moral foundation, but liberals have consistently stood for social issues central to the Christian faith. Here are a few verses to think about:

                  Defend the weak and the fatherless;
                  uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
                  Rescue the weak and the needy;
                  deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
                  Ps 82:3-4

                  Give the king your justice, O God,
                  and your righteousness to the royal son!
                  May he judge your people with righteousness,
                  and your poor with justice!
                  Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
                  and the hills, in righteousness!
                  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
                  give deliverance to the children of the needy,
                  and crush the oppressor!
                  Ps 72:1-4

                  Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
                  will himself call out and not be answered.
                  Pr 21:13

                  Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
                  for the rights of all who are destitute.
                  Speak up and judge fairly;
                  defend the rights of the poor and needy.
                  Pr 31:8-9

                  The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,
                  The wicked does not understand such concern.
                  Pr 29:7

                  Learn to do right; seek justice.
                  Defend the oppressed.
                  Take up the cause of the fatherless;
                  plead the case of the widow.
                  Is 1:17

                  I stand with the democrats because the GOP has become dangerous and thoroughly unamerican. If you look at the platforms of the Republican leaders of the past you will see that they would be hated by the GOP as Socialist by the right-wingers of today.

                  Look at the positions that the GOP loves today. They are trying their utmost to pass a health care bill that will take health care away from 20-30 million people. You say that liberals are not pro-life because most support abortion. But Republicans clearly show that they care nothing at all about the lives of those babies or they would fight tooth and nail to make sure that they have quality health care that their families can afford after they are born.

                  You say that right-wingers are compassionate, but that's definitely not what American Christians are known for world wide. We are known as uncaring bigots who care for no one but themselves. And it was mentioned that most Christians in Europe are on the political right, but that is very misleading because European countries are far left of American politics. Most right wing political parties in Europe are closer to moderate democrats here (not counting Britain and the far right neo-Nazi parties in Europe. The European neo-Nazis are far closer to the GOP).

                  It was mentioned that most Christians and Christian churches are politically right-wing. Sadly that is true, but all that means is that their religion is not pure and undefiled before our God and Father (Jas 1:27). Also it's interesting to note that in Mt 25:31-46 Christ could have spoken about any number of sins that describe false Christians. He could have mentioned heretical beliefs, he could have mentioned failure to associate with other believers in a church, or refusing to partake in the sacraments. But in every single case, the sins he chose were social sins against the poor, the refugees and immigrants, the sick, and the prisoners.

                  Randy
                  Wow! Remind me not to drop in here anymore.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CatRandy View Post
                    Some say liberals have no moral foundation, but liberals have consistently stood for social issues central to the Christian faith.
                    Liberals often support abortion. This is an issue that is important to Christians but they usually take the wrong side.

                    Originally posted by CatRandy View Post
                    You say that right-wingers are compassionate, but that's definitely not what American Christians are known for world wide.
                    No, we are often portrayed as lacking compassion, but that is because the world generally rejects God's standards and so doesn't know what true compassion is. As one example, think of how we should be compassionate toward gay people. The left expresses compassion by encouraging then to live out their desires. Christians recognizeattitude is really that the lifestyle they want is a violation of God's will and if they persist in following it their final destiny is eternal punishment in Hell. We show compassion by warning them of the consequences of their way of life and urging them to repent and turn to Christ for forgiveness. Which group do you think shows true compassion for gays?
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