Originally posted by Ringtailhunter
I thought I would share this with anyone who wanted to read it. It goes deep to the roots of my division with those who are in a position to distort the teachings of Jesus Christ through misinformation and through false teaching. Those of which will surely go to hell. It is a real shame that out ...[text shortened]... hor. In their quest to save the souls of others, sadly lose their own in the process.
While I appreciate some of the points Balmer is making, I think the fundamental (no pun intended) problem in the religion/politics war is our historical inability to keep the line severely drawn between the two arenas.
What has exasperated Balmer on one side (civil rights, environmental issues, etc) he is willing to trade for on the other (elimintation of nationalism, assumption of the basic goodness of man, etc) all of which is simply trading one devil for another.
While much (much, much) can be made of the current administration's blatant evil, as Christians, we are not here to whitewash the devil's world. Our political support should only be as involved as what helps further our cause to the greatest degree. Nationalism is that policy, not an assumption of the basic goodness of man (laying down of arms, etc) .