From my recent column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Last August, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Cal., said, “As far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to Hell … and I intend to help them get there.”

As a leader in the Tea Party movement, and someone who happens to be a Christian with an alternative preference for my eternal destination, this statement caught my attention. I find it ironic, because my Tea Party involvement is driven largely by the eternal implications — exactly the opposite of how Rep. Waters intended.

In Matthew 22, Jesus commands his followers to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (verse 37), and to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (verse 39). By joining the Tea Party, I have been privileged to lock arms with a number of kind-hearted and sincere Christians who take these commands seriously. We believe that we’re fulfilling all of them through our Tea Party service.

Does that sound weird? It may, considering that the Tea Party movement includes people of differing faiths and of no faith. Also, it is politically focused.

Or is it?

Read the entire column here.

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