I have a problem with the idea that being “Liberal” is evil. I have tried and tried and cannot bring my mind to support the current Right Wing culture. I intuitively and instinctively do not agree with much I am hearing and seeing directly from the Republicans and the Tea Party. To me it does not line up with the Bible I read. Recently I found that many people in my current church including my pastor are big Fox News and Glen Beck supporters and I feel exceedingly discouraged. I have lost friends online and in person because I have a more humble approach toward politicians and world leaders and I refuse to subscribe to the hateful name calling and misinformation that seems so prevalent in online culture these days (regardless of party affiliation this nonsense does not belong on Christian lips or keypads I think). I guess my question is – wasn’t Jesus a lot more “liberal” than American Christians give him credit for – abortion and gay issues aside of course? How from a biblical worldview am I to accept FNN and people like Glen Beck as something beneficial to me when I can clearly see the deceit and lies and fear they propagate? These are serious questions. I am seriously considering if I should be in the church I have served in for almost 6 years. I just cannot see how political hate speech and misinformation has anything to do with the word of God. Thank you. God bless.
I want to respond with a bit of encouragement, because I feel much the same way you do. I’m not as conservative as… well almost anyone in the Christian culture where I live and it can be discouraging. I don’t know how politically liberal-leaning you are, but as a moderate, I can often feel quite alone (annoying liberals as too conservative and conservatives as too liberal), but we are not alone, you and I, in thinking there’s something wrong with the dogmatic insistence that a biblical worldview = Right Wing Republicanism, so I wanted to encourage you to press on.
Should you stay in the church you’re currently in? Maybe, maybe not: it depends upon the heart of the people. If they are a hard-hearted people and are completely closed to the smallest of steps toward conversation, then yes, it is probably appropriate to look elsewhere and shake the dust off your sandals. If however they are open to considering other points of view, or even simply open to the fact that hate-speech is unChristian regardless of one’s political views and open to being more humble and civil, then you have a unique opportunity to provide perspective, to help them think (and speak) more like Christ, to edify the body.
I might also recommend finding an online community (whether you change churches or not) of more like-minded believers, so that you can be encouraged and not lose heart.
I hope this is helpful and encouraging.