Friday, February 10, 2012

If American is Truly a Christian Nation, then Perhaps We Should Start Acting Like Christians

I’m not a religious man, but I like to believe that I have a basic grasp of what Jesus was getting at while he was doing his thing.  Jesus never had an affiliation, other than to God and his fellow human beings.  Jesus never said, “Today’s kids don’t have any work ethic, so perhaps they should start cleaning school toilets.”  Or, as Gary Kamiya put it in his Salon article “Jesus versus the GOP:”
…we still have the evidence of the Bible itself. And one does not need to believe in the infallibility of that document to see that the Jesus who is depicted in it was implacably opposed to authoritarianism, warmongering, contempt for the poor, exaltation of wealth, conformity, and sanctimoniousness – in short, everything the contemporary Republican Party stands for.
Kamiya goes on to quote Matthew 19:21, in which Jesus says, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.”

Kind of blows up Romney’s claim to any moral high ground, doesn’t it? 

Don’t forget Catholic Newt Gingrich and his too clever by half phrase, “The Food Stamp President”  Gingrich claims that “…more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.”  As a practicing Catholic, would you think Gingrich would want to, you know, help feed the poor, you know, as Jesus taught?

My father-in-law, who is a religious man, and I discuss this point quite frequently.  He, as am I, is completely dumfounded when Republicans claim the high moral ground when all of their policies only improve the lives of those who need the least.  If this country is truly a Christian nation, it’s time we stop looking out for ourselves, and start helping the little guy, just like Jesus taught.

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