Before I post this, I want you all to know: I am, in fact, a Christian. I am, in fact, an American independent with a lot of conservative tendencies. But this is from the two Facebook posts that made almost everyone who knows me back home think I’m a communist:
“I don’t really care that much about the Constitution.
Now there are some great things in that document, for sure. But my ultimate thoughts on the matter is that it still a document created by a group of fallen people, and it’s not perfect. There’s a reason we have amendments… because things needed to be changed. It had flaws.
Basically, if it’s not the Bible, I don’t really care.
So if you all want to just cling to an old document for no other reason than that it’s been around for hundreds of years, go ahead. But if there’s something that’s going to make people’s lives better, and it’s unconstitutional, you can bet for sure that I will ignore the Constitution and go for that thing.
So while the rest of you go around treating Washington and Jefferson and Capitalism itself like gods, I’m paying far more attention to the One True God. And maybe it’s time we diverted from the way we’ve been doing things for a while.
Do I think that all of Bernie Sander’s ideas are going to work? No. But can’t Conservatives at least try to help make a better world than we have now? Couldn’t we do something about an insane wealth distribution system instead of just blaming capitalism? (Don’t lie, you all know it is crazy flawed.)
Couldn’t we make a different monetary system that works better? Paper money is, in fact, our own creation. We treat the American money system like it’s a natural law installed by God. It’s man-made, and because of that it can be torn down and remade. Capitalism is not your savior. So let’s try and make something that’s better. Just my opinion.
Yes, Jesus said that the poor will always be with us. But how about we make it so there’s, I don’t know… less? I mean, the hungry are probably always going to be with us too, and we don’t ignore those who are starving. At least those in Africa, it seems.
Now I’m not against rich people. Some are rich, some are poor, and that’s just how it is. As long as the world has some sort of trading system, some will have less and others will have more. That’s not the issue here.
What IS the issue is that not helping those who have less is a direct violation of the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”. Some people are simply unable to get higher in the corporate ladder, contrary to what the American dream may tell you. But to know that so many people are unable to meet their basic needs daily, and knowing that we can do something and just don’t care enough to do it, that makes me a little sick on the inside.
We could make this just a Christian issue, but I don’t see it as that. This is a human issue. This is a moral issue. And it is a government issue just as much as a moral issue.
Government as a whole is supposed to watch over and care for its people. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 and Psalm 72:1-4 for reference.) It sounds a bit creepy at first, but that is what God instituted it as. That can take a lot of forms, but it’s the general gist for every government. And as I see it, if it’s not doing its best to help out those who need it, just as any moral human being ought, then the government isn’t doing its job either.
So maybe I’m just expecting too much of people. But to me, it just seems like common sense to make sure there are fewer people who can barely fend for themselves if they truly cannot. That’s why I’m not necessarily for income equality, but at least less of a drastic curve in the economic structure.
And I’m actually for at least some form of gun control. Maybe not a total form of it, but I am for some way of making sure they don’t get into the wrong hands. I’m not saying we should keep the public from having them. But, do we have people go through a mental check-up before purchasing a gun or getting a weapons license, just to make sure they don’t have violent tendencies? If we don’t, we should. It may not keep all the criminals off the streets, but it’ll do something for sure.
And yes, I know that not all mentally ill people are violent and plan to commit mass murder. In fact, most often they are the VICTIMS of gun violence and NOT the perpetrators. I’m just saying we should keep the people that do plan such awful things from acquiring something that can help them out.
And what is this I hear about people actually wanting the general public to legally have AK-47s? Let’s be realistic, what possible use could you have for an AK-47? Those things are meant for guerilla warfare, not domestic attackers. There’s rarely more than one person doing the mass murdering. If you want to stop a mass murderer, get a rifle, not an AK-47. Just have good aim. You don’t even have to kill them, just shoot them in the thigh. You don’t have to go full-out Rambo. Good heavens, people.”
Maybe I’m not totally in the direction I need to be. But I think I’m coming closer and closer to that point.