One of the most powerful driving forces in the modern Republican party is the group most of us call the “Religious Right.” Of course, it’s neither religious nor right, but other than that, it’s a great name for this group.
The problem, I think, is that this particular group is confused. They claim to call themselves Christians. But, when we compare a few key elements of the Republican party platform to the teachings of Jesus, there are some notable … ah … inconsistencies.
Republicans: The rich should keep the money they earned. It’s their money, and taxes should be low.
Jesus: (when asked by a very rich man what he should do to enter heaven) “…Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21b, NIV)
Republicans: Let corporate insurance companies control the conversation on healthcare.
Jesus: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matt. 4:23, NIV)
A republican president started two wars in the last decade. Nearly every republican candidate this year wants to start another one with Iran.
Jesus: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matt 5:9, NIV)
Republican candidate Rick Perry was proud that his state executed lots of people under his watch, even at least one innocent man.
Jesus: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt: 5:7, NIV)
Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has had three marriages and two divorces. One ex-wife told ABC news that he wanted an “open marriage.”
Jesus: “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matt: 5:32, NIV)
Republicans are fond of looking for ways to strip social programs, and “reforming” welfare and food stamps so that it’s harder to get them. The system has too many freeloaders, apparently.
Jesus had this to say:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Finally, Republicans speak often, loud, and hard against gay rights.
On the matter of same-sex relationships, Jesus said…. nothing.
This is why I follow Christ, not Churchianity.