An in depth response...
Red letter Christians emphasize the words of Jesus Christ and try to live according to his teachings. In all cases if Jesus's own words and another persons words conflict, the words of Jesus win every time. We believe that certain "Christian" churches and groups have become over-obsessed with certain sexual sins, and usually but not always extremely right wing and libertarian politics. We believe in a consistency pro-life ethic including but not limited to:
Opposition to the death penalty.
Opposition to euthanasia.
Opposition to abortion.
Opposition to the culture of death including guns and wars of aggression.
Although red letter Christians can personally pursue political beliefs and policy we will not claim Jesus endorses one party, policy or candidate. The Lord is not a Liberal or a conservative and any attempts to make him out to be is heretical and forbidden in Revelation.
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. 20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.…
Basically, don't put words in Gods mouth and don't ignore what you don't like.
We believe there is a biblical mandate to defend the weak and impoverished.
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother"
Leviticus 19:9 - 10
"'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.'Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.…"
Luke 3:10 -11
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?
39 "When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? 40 The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. 41 Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;…"
In other words, be very very careful how you treat the poor, the lost and downtrodden. Because the way you treat them is the way you treat Christ. You will notice none of these verses preludes with "If thou feelith like it..." Give generously, don't snarl, snap or whine about it. It also doesn't say "Thou shalt giveth unto the poor, except through thine government which is an abomination."
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Romans 13:1 - 2
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."
I believe that Christians are not to sow discord, gossip, lie or otherwise provoke insurrection against their government. We are to honour the people God has chosen to place in charge.
Part 2 to come...
Edited by MsRational, 15 December 2013 - 06:12 PM.