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Liberal or Conservative: there are no other options
on August 24, 2008
Parsley's book indicates that the country is divided into two warring camps and only one will emerge the victor (the camps being Liberal and Conservative). He writes "isn't it ironic that the media and academic elit hold 'tolerance' and 'diversity' above all virtues, and yet appear unwilling to tolerate anyone who dares to claim a belief in absolute right and wrong, the absolute sanctity of human life, the biblical definition of marriage, or a God who holds men accountable for their actions?"
I find it a bit ironic myself but, then again, as a Christian I should expect some persecution regarding my beliefs. Jesus Christ himself stated so: "If they have persecute me, they will persecute you also." Parsley also quotes from David Limbaugh's book "Persecution" regarding this matter: "Anti-Christian discrimination in our society is getting more blatant and more widespread every day." To that, I respond with the biblical quote above. What did you expect, Mr. Limbaugh?
The book reads more as a apologist work for President Bush than anything else. Parsley encourages Christians to vote and to "be heard" which, ironically, is the opposite of what Jesus did (he refused to allow himself to be made a human king). Parsley interprets the command at Genesis 1:28 (wherein Adam and Eve are to "have dominion" over the Earth) as being wholly in line with Jesus' command to "make disciples" at Matthew 28:19,20. The problem with Parsley's reasoning is that he leaves out what Jesus indicated would solve the problems of the world, namely, God's Kingdom. Jesus indicated that his kingdom was "no part of the world" (hence, not political) and that Christians were to be no part of the world (hence, neutral as to politics).