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Contributing to the ongoing discussion: Altruism arises when belief gives way to idol worship.

Susan L.M. Goldberg


April 13, 2014 - 8:00 am
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David Swindle has entered the ongoing  discussion on altruism, religion and politics here at PJLifestyle. In doing so, he’s issued a number of great questions I’ve been wrestling with over the past few weeks. Jumping back in, I’d like to address them one by one, beginning with:

Walter, Susan, Lisa, and anyone else who’d like to join the discussion: am I going too far when I say that for a good number of people “Conservatism” is a form of idolatry?

No. I’ve had a hard, sad reminder of that through some of the commentary I’ve received on a number of articles in the past few weeks. There are some wonderful, insightful people out there who I’d love to have dinner with some day. And then there’s the passionate base who has time to issue verbose rants: Contradict popular line and you can “F-off”. You know this segment of the population; they are the reason stereotypes exist. But, they also prove the point that there are people out there who worship Conservatism above all else. Ironically, they’re as abusively passionate as those “liberals” they are taught to hate.

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"God knows me and we’ll be fine. They’re the ones being hung out to dry. Suddenly, I had the urge to give them a hug, too."
That is the only correct response. Love them, even when they are hurt and striking out against you. This is how you change their hearts. And if this change is not possible, it is still correct for your own formation with God.
And Bill Lawrence is right, this was an excellent column.
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Humble thanks, Katherine in RB.
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Excellent column
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Thanks, Bill.
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ANYthing taken to extremes, is extreme.
And extremism is toxic.
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