I Woke Up A Commy…

23 Mar

I knew Monday night was going to be bad.  I’m attending The Truth Project at my church & the session was about Politics, The American Experience.  How I wish we’d finished the politics session weeks ago.  Coming on the heels of The Great Healthcare Pre-existing Socialist Baby Medicare Killing Fascist Prescription Senior Freedom Reform (thx EK for the name) was just plain cruel.

Last week during the intro Political ‘Truth’ session, I outed myself as a Democrat.  No one gasped, but it didn’t make me any friends 😉  This church is seriously politically conservative.  In Rural City, I always felt like there was a place for people of faith who were also liberal.  I knew where our pastor & friends stood, but I never felt like I was being slapped in the face over politics.  Here in Metropolis, I feel like I can’t avoid it.  I think if J~ & I started a Small Group & called it Liberal Lutherans, we’d be the only members.

The pastor here was pretty quick to shut down political talk during bible study on Sunday, but the small group leader for this study did not have the same philosophy.  Right away, I was made uncomfortable by the conspiracy theorists.  In a study called The Truth Project.  Oh, the irony.  Apparently since the whole Birther Movement didn’t pan out, they’re now going after Obama’s college degrees.  I have christened them ‘Diplomers’.  Catchy isn’t it?

Then the conversation centered on financing The Great Healthcare Pre-existing Socialist Baby Medicare Killing Fascist Prescription Senior Freedom Reform.   There were loud complaints about the cost, yet no one thought it ironic that a small town just north of here is getting an 800K grant from the gov’t to relocate their downtown.  Which doesn’t exist.  Gov’t largess is okay if it’s stupid but not if it’ll actually help people.  And how is that not stealing?

I would normally say something, politics isn’t a arena I shy away from, but the group was a new one for me & it’s hard to be the lone dissenter in a group of Know-It-Alls.  Especially Know-It-Alls that made their disdain for other view points very plain.

I would love to pull out my soap box & tell you all what I think about The Great Healthcare Pre-existing Socialist Baby Medicare Killing Fascist Prescription Senior Freedom Reform, but that’s not really the point of this post.

I know, you’re all thinking, “there’s a point to this post?”

Yes, there is.  The point is, nights like that really make me question my religion.  My faith is not shaken, just my feeling of belonging to my particular brand of church.

I’ve never been in a church where outside practices (schooling, politics, etc.) are so much at the forefront.  I think it’s healthy to have differing opinions.  I don’t want to agree with everyone on everything.  That would be boring & I enjoy a good argument.  Just ask my sisters.  What I think is unhealthy is the attitude permeating our church (this particular congregation, not the synod as a whole, although there is some of that going on too); that because your beliefs are different than mine, your beliefs are wrong.  And the overriding sense of hell & hand baskets, presumably carried by our president or the school superintendent. 😉

I think I’ll leave it at that.  T~’s Care Bears Movie is just about done.  Must go parent…



2 Responses to “I Woke Up A Commy…”

  1. Joanna March 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    If I started a group it would be called “Liberal Democratic Methodists who used to be Catholic school teachers and now teaches contraception and related issues”. And yes, I would be the only one as well–which I am pretty much in my own group now.

    Too much hatred and not enough love. What happened?


  2. Marcie Stumpf March 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    O.k., this is the first time I have ever commented on someone’s blog. You have inspired me! 🙂

    Like you, I am a person of faith who is also a Democrat. I have been informed in the past that I can’t be both. I know that this is not true, but it’s hard to convince some people of this. The way I see it, Jesus was all about helping the poor (in money and in spirit), and I think the Democrats do a better job of that than the Republicans.

    I have found a comfortable spiritual home in the United Methodist Church. (Of course, it helps that I also grew up in that denomination.) Each individual congregation has its own flavor, but the ones I’ve belonged to have seemed to lean a bit to the left politically. No one there has ever told me that I’m wrong, wrong, wrong because of my political views.

    At any rate, you are not alone. There are more of us out here, and one of us lives just around the corner…

    Marcie S.

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