Check Your Beliefs at the Door

Photo courtesy of: Bart Teeuwisse.

I’ve watched all three of the big debates and honestly, I haven’t heard that much from any of the candidates that impressed me with the exception of the Vice Presidential debate, when I heard Paul Ryan say, “I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, of how to make sure that people have a chance in life.” That night (and since) while I was thinking about how true that statement is (we are who we are, whether in public or in private), the world of Facebook came alive. A former co-worker paraphrased his comment with the spin that his admission was a bad thing. As she and I commented back and forth and some of her other friends added their opinions, a picture was drawn …

In the opinions of some people: 

  • A separation of church and state requires that you separate personal life from public life
  • Not doing so means that you are using the government to impose your religious beliefs on everyone else
  • If you run for public office, you should keep your morals as you walk through the door, but check your personal beliefs

It saddens me that there are people who believe this. If you check your personal beliefs at the door, what do you base your decisions on? Popular opinion at the moment? What those with the most money want? If your faith is not allowed to go with you everywhere, you, in essence, go about your day as a “partial person.”

For me, my faith helps define everything about me. Faith and my belief system are what shape my moral code and character. My compassion for others, my love for people, my wisdom, my everything – it all comes from my faith. Prayer, not well though out plans, answers my big questions.

As a nation, I think we’re seeing first-hand what happens when faith has to be left at the door unless you’re at home or at church. Abortion rates – up. Divorce rates – up. Violent crime – up. Child abuse and animal cruelty – up. General nastiness and rudeness – rampant.

Faith is what centers us, grounds us, shapes us. It keeps us balanced in a world of roller-coasters. Faith defines who we are and how we behave. It turns bad situations into bearable ones. It comforts us, directs us and keeps our heads above water when the world is trying to drown us in sorrow.

You wouldn’t walk into the office without your cell phone, your car keys or your pants. Why would you walk in without your Savior?

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