My world is changing.
I’m beginning to realize that my beliefs in life shouldn’t be the political norm.
It’s strange to me, because I don’t do well with politics. I am easily influenced and easily persuaded by pretty words and fancy propaganda. I get emotional easily.
But I’ve been studying recently, and it begins to occur to me that just because I believe something doesn’t mean it should become the law. Whether or not I support gay marriage is moot. Whether I’m Christian or pagan or Muslim should not change what my nation allows or doesn’t allow. The fact is, it’s not my decision based on my morality.
This is new to me.
I grew up being told (and believing) that this was a Christian nation and that we (as good Christians) should vote for things and people that upheld that belief. We should vote against gay marriage because being gay is wrong. We should support prayer in schools (but only Christian prayer). We should be vocal in our insistence that abortion is wrong, and that people who were other religions didn’t have the right to practice those in this good, patriotic, Christian nation.
It wasn’t until I was grown up more that I started to get confused. Why were only Christians allowed to pray in schools? Why was it wrong for a guy to fall in love with another guy?
I got my answer in the form of Scripture quotes. It wasn’t until much later that I started to wonder why -my- religion was so much more right than someone else’s religion. I don’t remember who first mentioned to me that since no religion can be proven (proven in the scientific sense, with absolute, repeatable proof), all religions were a matter of opinion.
My mom… while she didn’t deny it, she also frowned as she agreed, and then quickly clarified though that we knew we were right and that our God existed because we had experienced Him in such a way as to make it undeniable.
Later, I realized that other people have experienced their own gods in such a way as to be undeniable as well. And in the end, I realized that quoting Scripture is still part of someone’s opinion, and it shouldn’t be a part of our government.
I still don’t understand politics very well. I’m susceptible to rhetoric (I looked up the definition- it was initially defined as ‘the art of using language well’ but now carries the additional connotation of ‘Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content‘). But I have come to the conclusion that whether I find something right or wrong based on my religion doesn’t mean that everyone should have to obey my laws.
What I believe is irrelevant outside my own life. I’m just starting to realize this- but it’s making a difference. Now I’m not asking “How can I make you see my side?” Now I’m asking myself “Why should this apply to everyone, regardless of race, creed, religion, or political standpoint?” I’m asking myself “Who is being hurt by this law?”
I’m asking myself “Why”… and “Why not?”
This is a new experience for me.