Thursday, March 04, 2010

Conservative Christianity is a myth

There are a lot of people in America attempting to claim that they believe in two philosophies simulaneously. Now normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but since the two philosophies are in complete opposition to each other, it seems a little bit hypocritical to try and embrace both at the same time.

These two philosophies are Republicanism and Christianity.

You wouldn't think that these two viewpoints would be completely at odds - after all, religions tend to be conservative by their nature - but if you really look into things, you'll see that Christianity is fairly incompatible with the current version of the Republican Party. Conservative Christians are the moral equivalent of Peta Members For Animal Testing, or maybe Gun Runners For Peace. Pro-Life Abortionists. It's a self-defeating philosophical stance.

Now I've explained at great length how the Bible doesn't oppose homosexuality, and how you have to twist yourself into theosophical knots in order to get the Bible to oppose abortion. So, rather than going over that ground again, let's look at some other issues that are key to the Republican way of life.

You can make the argument that the Republican Party currently only has two political goals.

1. Oppose anything that this uppity president supports.
2. Prevent Congress from doing anything.

And, while that may be a valid argument, there are issues that the average right-wing tool will have talking points that are loaded and ready to fire.

Now, I covered some of this before. Let's look at the current fascination with immigration. Apparently, if you listen to the teabaggers and their ilk, particularly if the odious Tom Tancredo is in the neighborhood, not only are the Mexicans going to come in and steal all of our high-paying jobs, but they're going to hold the door open so that the islamofascists can get in, too.

Which means that they never read Exodus 22:21: "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt."

Or the New Testament. From Hebrews 13:2: "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Or Matthew 25:44-45:
Then shall they also answer him, saying, "Lord, when saw we thee anhungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?"

Then shall he answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
You can also read that one when you're talking about Social Security, welfare, the national healthcare debate, or any of a number of hot-button topics for the Republicans. In fact, on that same subject, let's consider James 2:14-18 (just so it's more clear, let's use the NIV translation this time).
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The teabaggers like to claim that they oppose taxes in general, and the increased taxes that they foresee Obama levying on them in specific. (Of course, they stick their fingers in their ears and squeeze their eyes shut if you point out that Obama passed what is arguably the biggest tax cut in history).

But what did the Bible say about paying your taxes? That's covered in Luke 20:24-25.
Sh(o)w me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."
The environment? At the same time that God gave Adam and Eve "dominion over… every living thing that moveth upon the earth," He told them to "replenish the Earth." (Genesis 1:28). In Leviticus 25:23, God says "The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me." Sojourner is usually translated as "tenant," by the way. So do you think God's going to renew your lease?

Please, try to explain how you can claim to follow a guy who was crucified, and still support capital punishment or the torture of prisoners? Basically, it looks to me like the only Bible that the average Republican will follow was written by Anton LaVey.

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