This central truth of Jesus is why I don’t worry about labels. I look at the heart of the person, their character, words, and actions. I look at the consistency of their lives, their correspondence to the one central truth of salvation by Jesus, and whether they live lives of loving service to others. All the rest is dross, some of which I can discern, but much of which I’m not smart enough to figure out. As Paul said in Corinthians 13, “we see through a glass darkly.” There are many things that I just don’t know, and I’m not afraid or too proud to admit it. I cannot see into anyone’s heart, and I am always limited in my understanding as long as I am remain in this earthen vessel, so if all the signs are there, I give people the benefit of a doubt even if they don’t have all the right labels.
That said, why waste time in judgment of my brother or sister and the quality of their walk or soundness of their doctrine, so long as they appear to be walking in the right path and appear to be trying their best? This bad habit of judgment or comparison can entrap us in pride. I can still discern when someone is on the wrong path if my intent is to give a loving service or a word of truth to redirect them, but I must always remember that I am not in charge of their development, nor am I the sole arbiter of truth. God is. He may use me in His work, but I need to leave the planning and judgment directed at them in God’s hands for the most part and rely on Him to tell me how and when I may be of service. Additionally, I don’t have to associate with them if I’m worried that they might lead me astray or lead astray those that I’m responsible for. But my lack of association or my preference to not be around them should never lead me to think that I am better than they are. And so long as they lead lives that are demonstrably tied to the best truths of our Judeo-Christian doctrines of love and worship of the one Holy, Loving, Righteous God, then they are certainly more fit for political office and public service than anyone who is steeped in humanist, secularist, naturalist, and socialist doctrine.
While Romney seems to be the real deal, Obama is the exact opposite. I feel that Romney is a man of character. He seems to be a man that lives out his moral values and doesn’t just try to put up a façade or public image of living such values. With Obama, I always feel uneasy. There are too many secrets about the man. Too much of his history is hazy and unknown, thanks to his aggressive team of lawyers and the laziness or complicity of most of our national media, even after four years of his constant presence in the public eye. I feel like nobody really knows who he is. And I can’t get a good feel for what his moral values are because, the church in Chicago that he was connected to for much of his adult life and much of his political career, has some very worldly, apostate teachings. Moreover, many of Obama’s statements are catered to audiences as if he doesn’t really believe there is a right and wrong way, but rather he seems to think that there is only the best portrayal of message, image, or spin. It all sounds too legalistic, too focused on the surface, on the façade, on the image, and not sufficiently focused on the substance underneath. Some of his statements seem to be a window into his soul. When he made his famous, “You didn’t build that,” comment, I felt like this statement came direct from his heart. It sounded like something that a man would say when he had never really earned the success in his life and was cynical about other people’s right to their success or cynical about whether their success was due to personal effort. Of course, it plays right into the socialist/communist point of view in which everything in life is a class struggle. It’s the politics of envy.