Tea parties are not what they used to be. As children we would gather our dolls and small china dishes for a cup of make believe tea. Those were fun times punctuated by pleasant conversation and a lot of pretending.
Later, as an adult, I attended a tea party. It was a classy event where people of like-minds gathered for good food and fellowship. Those were good times.
It appears that tea parties have taken on a whole new meaning during this decade. Although the exact date of the “Tea Party Movement” cannot be pinpointed, and apparantly did not begin with the election of President Barack Obama, it certainly has gained momentum. It only takes a little time on Twitter or Facebook to verify this.
This movement which according to The New York Times was meant to be a platform “for conservative populist discontent, a force in Republican politics” has recently gone awry.
The behavior displayed at Saturday’s rally included an array of racial slurs and anti-gay chants along with spitting and other outlandish actions. This lends proof to the fact that these rallies are no longer “harmless” but “hateful” and have taken on the same demeanor as a Ku Klux Klan rally. For more details on what took place click here.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, who spoke this morning on Meet the Press, remarked that “the anti-gay and racial epithets directed at Democratic members of Congress were “reprehensible.”
He is absolutely right and any American, believer or non-believer, doesn’t need Boehner to tell them that. Hatred will never bring change. The only things that it will lead to is violence.
When Jesus said “the kingdom suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” He did not have the Tea Party Movement in mind.
There is nothing wrong with people voicing their concerns, discontent, or opinions. We all possess the freedom of speech. It was paid for with the blood of our forefathers.
However let us never pretend or make believe that we have the right to hate people whose skin is a different color or who have chosen to live an alternative lifestyle. God hates the sin but He loves the sinner.
Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be known as the children of God. But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Tea party or no tea party it’s time to practice what He preached.
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