I’m in the process of developing pages on what I perceive to be what Jesus believed and thereby practiced in regards to politics, orthodoxy (correct belief), and orthopraxis (correct practice) (as well as a page on Revelation: the Beast/Dragon/Whore of Babylon, 666, False Prophet, et. al, and Peak Oil).
In the meantime, please take a look at what I have in the links, and:
Response Thread to Elmer’s Brother, where I extrapolate a little bit on why abortion should be legalized (for the purpose of witnessing), nationalism was not practiced or advocated by Jesus, and problems within the church, such as false pretenses and lack of independent thought (although the latter seems perhaps an endemic problem in society in general – more commonly known as sheep mentality).
I also go a little bit into the problems of Middle East Islamophobia and problems with fearing terrorism and terrorists indirectly in re: Comment Commandments revisited/soccermomunplugged open thread.
The main idea, as is oft-repeated in the Evangelical world, is that we must base our understanding of Christianity on Jesus. And by that, I not only mean who he was, but what he did, which served as a translation to his followers to better understand the true scope of his work here on earth after the resurrection. Thereby, our understanding and our very lives or reason for living must be based on Jesus alone.
I believe it is part and parcel to the understanding of Luke 10:27:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Thereby, it is our responsibility to formulate our own orthodoxy in our own words at some point (presumably when you think you have matured beyond the “baby” stage). Know why you go to church and know how that might conflict or agree with either/both the Bible and the church to which you are going.
It is the wrong practice to assert in a church that “this is what the congregation believes” (e.g., “We believe…”) without the input of the congregation. In fact, it may as well be more the case that people in the congregation (yes, you) believe “the guy(s) who made this creed know more about the Bible than we do, so we just listen to them.” You must avoid this mentality or you will be a pawn for the next era of totalitarianism – this time most likely of which will be global (sorry, this can’t be emphasized enough). Not to mention you endanger yourself to the utter despair of hell (here’s an interesting post on this).
Finally, press onwards towards the prize.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21