I wasn’t planning on getting political so early in my blogging, but God’s timing is different from mine, and I had a feeling that He was calling me to do something political. So let’s get political…and purple!
I consider myself an Independent, i.e. I’m a Purple girl in a sea of Red vs. Blue. I declared myself an Independent after examining the good and the bad of the right-wing and the left-wing. Believe it or not, both Conservatism and Liberalism are two trees that bear good fruit. Neither ideology is perfect, but they do have something to offer. At the same time, they also have their weeds, which I will get to in a moment.
Let’s start in the Red: I like Conservatism’s emphasis on social morality. I’ve always been concerned about the moral fiber of this country. No, I don’t think metal music is evil, but I take issue with reducing an unborn baby to “a clump of cells.” I roll my eyes every time I read an article that lectures us about how monogamy is unrealistic. I believe in objective truth; people have their reasons for doing things, but if truth doesn’t remain the same, then it’s not truth. I also like Conservatism’s focus on hard work and being self-made. I don’t see what’s wrong about congratulating people who started with nothing and ended up building a successful business that enables them to financially empower themselves and feed their own families. Business owners are neither always greedy nor always virtuous. They are people who are trying to make a living for themselves.
Now let’s move on to the Blue: I like Liberalism’s “leave-everyone-alone” nature, i.e. Classical Liberalism. I refuse to mock or criticize Caitlyn Jenner. A politician’s numerous divorces are none of my business. I don’t poke my head into other people’s lives because I wouldn’t want someone to inject themselves into my personal life. As I mentioned earlier, people have their reasons for their own actions. Sometimes people can’t live up to society’s standards. A woman who is abandoned by the father of her child shouldn’t be judged for raising her child without a father. A person who is gay shouldn’t be shunned by their family or community. Someone who points out America’s shortcomings should not be vilified as unpatriotic. In the end, we’re all human beings who are on different journeys in our lives, so leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone.
Conservatism and Liberalism are not without their weeds. Just like before, I’ll start with the Red and then work my way to the Blue.
Conservatives have a tendency to be judgmental. I get irritated when I see a meme on a right-wing Facebook page that makes fun of people on welfare, or when I hear people who side with Conservatism say, “Just go out and get a job!” Are there welfare recipients who use it to avoid looking for work? Yes. But does that mean every single person on government assistance is lazy and unmotivated? No. Securing employment is not as easy as some make it out to be. It can be done, but we should acknowledge economic challenges. Also it doesn’t help when certain GOP candidates use the words, “Legitimate rape.”
Liberals have a tendency to lecture people about Islamophobia, but then take next-to-no issue with vilifying Christians. Let me make this clear: I do not advocate trashing someone else’s religious beliefs because I certainly wouldn’t want someone to attack my faith. However the way I see it, either pick on every religion on the planet or leave every religion alone. There’s a difference between legitimate criticism of religion (such as people who use religion as a weapon) and accusing every religious person of being narrow-minded and bigoted.
I believe that you can attack an issue WITHOUT attacking the people behind that issue. You can oppose abortion without condemning women who have had abortions. You can call out religious hypocrisy without shaming faith-filled people. The moral clarity of Conservatism and the “live-and-let-live” principle of Liberalism are the fruits that I embrace as an Independent. This is why I am proud to be a Purple fish in the ocean of Red and Blue.
1 Corinthians 1:10, “I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you are united in the same mind and in the same purpose.”