Originally posted by epiphinehas
Though I am a Christian, I don't consider myself a member of the 'Christian Right', and neither do I think the two necessarily go hand in hand. Because the 'Christian Right' is the most politically active force within the Christian community, they garner the most attention on the national stage, but this does not mean their policies are universally held ...[text shortened]... o seek only to 'carry their own cross' and serve the Lord by actively loving others.
I am not an antitheist. Personally I believe that everyone should have the right to religious freedom, and I don't seek to activly convert people away from their faith. I wouldn't lose any sleep if I did, because I feel it would have to be their choise. For Christians who believe that the best way to serve Christ is in doing good and seeking to relieve suffering I have complete respect and hold nothing against you. Personally I wish to do the same with my life, but I would say I'm doing it for other people as opposed to for God.
However, I do have a problem with the Christian Right and the attitude of some, that all must be converted to save their souls. Obviously I don't apply that to anyone I 'argue' with here, because I've made the choise to come on this site and listen to what you believe. If laws were passed however forceing me to follow srict christian morals then I would not be happy. I find the fact that some Christians in America are trying to block vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases distusting. It is nothing to do with them. They feel that it will increase promiscutity, but even if it did the rate of STDs infection would decrease. In this case they are forceing their beliefs on everyone else.
So I don't have a problem with you 'carring your own cross' and I agree with those of you who accept that Gods Kingdom is not of this world. I would not seek to stamp out Christianity forcibly.