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This quote has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but it made me laugh when I found it recently: “A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.” — Lord Byron, early nineteenth century English poet. But then Byron had other twisted ideas about women, too. Please pass the corn on the cob, the watermelon, the eggs and grits, the chicken. Thank you very much.

Now to the serious stuff.

This is not a religious blog. Faith is  not relegated to a corner of my life. I hope it shapes everything I do. I don’t feel the need to quote chapter and verse to prove it, and I don’t have to try to convince everyone else to agree with me.

Neither is this a political blog. I was in political environments for a big chunk of my life, because my husband was very active, even running for and gaining public office. I’ve always voted, and I do have opinions, but what I’ve observed  and don’t like is how shrill people on both ends of the political spectrum can be. I’m fairly conservative, but I’ve had my belly full of the attitude that liberals are all Godless socialists out to destroy our country. The whole equating of conservative politics with Christianity has distorted our culture’s view of the church and turned off a lot of people.

But here’s the thing. Conservatives by no means have a corner on shrillness and judgmentalism. I’ve lived and worked in predominantly liberal environments, and I’ve had my belly full of the attitude that all conservatives are ignorant, selfish, don’t know how to think, and probably even immoral and racist. When I was growing up, liberal politics were equated with certain flavors of Christianity. Now the extreme emphasis on diversity –witness political correctness– appears to many onlookers too much like a failure to stand for anything, and it has turned off a lot of people.

I guess I just plain don’t like labels on people.

Today, because of Pastor Terry Jones in Florida who is promoting a Burn the Quran Day for September 11, I must write about politics and religion. It makes me sad that he’s providing yet another image of  Christians acting hatefully toward their neighbors instead of loving them. This smears the name of my Jesus, and it turns off people who need Him badly to heal their brokenness.

We’re all broken, actually. Jesus mends us. It pays to remember that, with humility and compassion. May we all be saved from our self-righteousness.

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.” — Eugene O’Neill, quoted by Philip Yancey in What’s So Amazing About Grace

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