Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
When I was 38 years old I walked away from my political life, resigning as a local committeeman, to follow Jesus. I re-examined my career and distanced myself from work that would, in my opinion at the time, hinder my spiritual development. I knew my weaknesses and my desire to please people and did not want to constantly be fighting those weaknesses while trying to reprogram my life into a WWJD lifestyle.
This course of action came at great cost financially and eventually led to some family relationship problems as well. However, I grew to really like myself better. One of the primary things I liked about the road I chose was I became more compassionate. Compassion is not something that is necessarily related to Church going, which can be very judgmental. I love Pentecostal worship, but not the judgment of who's saved and who's not. To me the perfect community would be a compassionate charismatic one. However, I chose to be a Quaker because the way I understood it there was no creed and everyone was allowed to follow their own spiritual path. Having a very big God I believe anyone who truly seeks spiritual fulfillment will end up where God wants him to. However, I find that what passes for compassion among some morphs into partisan politics. I pray about who I vote for. I go over the pros and cons and when I believe I should vote for someone in a party I don't approve of I vote for him or her on an alternate party line. But I don't want to belong to a political movement. I've been there, done that. When I spent my time handing out flyers for a cause, I felt obligated to support that cause even when there might have been an alternate cause that was just as, if not more, deserving. I have walked away from that life once and am seriously praying that it might be time to do that again. I am seeking to follow Jesus not a belief system whether it is called a creed or core values. I respect those who choose otherwise but as for me and my house I must serve the Lord and I decided a long time ago that I can't have two masters.
Compassion without politics must be possible, at least I pray it is.