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The Hijacking of the Christian Faith by the Republican Party

We shall use healthcare as a prime example of the hypocrisy practiced by the Republican Party in the name of Christianity, as it is a most recent issue, and one of continuing controversy. The main purpose of this article is to debase the widely held belief that Republicans uphold Christian Values. Republicans, especially the loudest, treat Christian Values as an outfit, they cut out what they don't like, and they hide their most unflattering parts.

What we need to discern, is what the Republican Party stands for, what it believes is the road to progress. Then we need to hold that up against what Christians should be standing for, and then we'll see the true parallels.

Republicans hold no sympathy for government programs which are designed to assist the poor, such as labor protection laws, minimum wage laws, WIC, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid for the elderly, public education, and obviously, universal health care. They reduce taxes for the wealthy, which causes financial burdens to the above 'Liberal Socialist' programs. Republicans are against big government so that the government can get out of your personal lives. Or so they say, yet they created the Patriot Act.

They invaded two sovereign nations, under the pretense that it was justified retaliation for a terrorist attack and that those countries posed a threat to us in the form of Weapons of Mass Destruction. When that lie came to fruition, the Republican Administration at the time changed their tune to say it was a necessary action to help spread democracy. They also justified the use of abuse and torture on prisoners of war under the guise that those prisoners posed a threat to us.

Evangelical Minister Gary Vance examines in his article "Wasn't Jesus a Liberal?" about a political party that was backed by Christian denominations that fought for fair wages, racial equality, child labor laws, Medicare and Social Security. This same party has been labeled as "Bleeding heart liberals" for being advocates of the homeless, the hungry, the less fortunate, and the disenfranchised. This party fought for women's rights, and were called "tree hugging liberals" for fighting for cleaner air and water standards instead of favoring industrial polluters and short term profiteering.

Who was this group? It was the Democratic party. Yes, Democratic Liberals can be Christians too. Now let's examine the Christian Values that are upheld by the Republican Party.

lib·er·al·ism   [lib-er-uh-liz-uhm]
a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.

According to the above definition, liberalism sounds pretty nice to me.

"Woe unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation" Luke 6:24

  • Republicans believe that the following qualify as Christian Values:
  • Gay people should not marry each other
  • The abortion of a fetus is a crime
  • Embryonic stem cells should be thrown away rather than used for research
  • Euthanasia should not be allowed even in the most extreme circumstances
  • Creationism should be taught in public schools
  • Christian prayers should be said in public schools
  • Guns are a God given right
  • Conversion of people of other faiths is of the utmost importance
  • McCarthyism as a form of information. McCarthyism is the politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. We'll get to this later.

Compare the two. Compare what Democrats have fought for, and been labeled anti-American, and anti-Christian for, then look at what Republicans push forth upon the masses. Republicans are also the first political group to venture to sexual bondage themed sex clubs in an attempt to recruit donors, with the money that was donated to them. They're also the ones who spent $150,000 on a wardrobe for one woman for a political campaign when so many have no clothes.

So what is the ultimate difference? Jesus Christ never says anything about the Republican Values. He tells you to give to the poor, to feed the hungry, to clothe the unclothed, to house the homeless, to care for the sick, not to judge others, to turn the other cheek, and most of all to love your enemy. Yet, according to outspoken Republican Glenn Beck, Health Care Reform is an affront to God, and is the nail in the coffin for our country. According to Michael Steele, the Chairman for the Republican National Committee, the passage of the Health Care Bill is Armageddon.

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs would come and lick his sores.?Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.?And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’?But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony…’” Luke 16:19-25

Republicans use McCarthyism, which is the politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion or treason without proper evidence. They've done it against Obama by claiming he was Muslim, by contesting his citizenship, calling him anti-American, and by saying he's a socialist by bringing a universal health care system to the last developed country without one.

"Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves." Matthew 7:15


They did it regarding the passage of the healthcare bill, by using scare tactics and fear mongering to sow civil unrest regarding the issue. Now, a famous phrase among Christians of all denominations is What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus Christ believes in universal healthcare. For he did not deny Lazarus assistance due to his pre-existing condition of death. He supports caring for the sick, and the infirm, and providing to the poor. He speaks out against everything the Republican Party stands for, ultimately decreeing "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37

So why, if the Democratic Party follows more closely to Christian Values than the Republican Party does, has it been labeled anti-Christian? For the same reasons that the current administration has been demonized, because the Republican Party is filled with loud mouthed fear and hate spewing people. Take Sarah Palin for example, with all the recent statements she's made criticizing the administration when she knows nothing of what's going on behind those doors. She should go thank democrats for providing her with a woman's equal rights.

So are you a Christian? Let me refine that question, are you a real Christian, or are you a misdirected, blind, Republican-following quasi-Christian? The fact is that the Christian Faith has been redirected by the Republican Party purely for political purposes. Ask a Republican Christian what color Jesus was, and they will say white. He wasn't white. He was born in Bethlehem in the Middle East for crying out loud. He was just as dark skinned as the Iraqis and Afghans that we persecute in the name of our religion because of their beliefs. They're entitled to their beliefs, as we are ours.

Read this last passage as food for thought concerning your eternal soul.

The Judgment
Matthew 25

 31"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
 32"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
 33and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
 34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 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 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to 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'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
 39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
 40"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
 41"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
 42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
 43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'
 44"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'
 45"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
 46"These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

It's basically saying if you don't give to the poor, feed the hungry, sate the thirst of the thirsty, befriend strangers, cloth the unclothed, or help the sick or visit the imprisoned, you will go to Hell.

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Comments

  • Jens 4 years ago

    Mostly valid points but nobody calls McCarthism a Christian value. If you've found someone that would be something to cite. Also the following things are Biblically supported Christian values that you listed as being only republican political platforms.

    Anti-Abortion = condemned under the general theme of pacifism and the maxim " You shall not murder"
    Anti-Euthanasia= same reason (remember that this position does not include forcing someone to live)
    Conversion of others= specifically commanded all over the New Testament.
    Gay Marriage= Gay sex is condemned all over the Old and New testaments, marriage is not specifically mentioned.

    I like how the Republican Christian party favors exercise of military power and gun rights as both are against many basic tenets of Christianity or at least can't help.

  • Daniel Arrey 4 years ago

    Jens, my point was that Jesus Christ speaks out against none of those topics. Please, point me to the passage where he does ;)

  • Jens 4 years ago

    Murder (Euthanasia/Abortion): This one is political if we are arguing about the definition of murder but religious from the point of view of most of the Christian community who define murder as the conscious decision and action to end a life of a human being who is not trying to murder someone themselves. I know I don't need to quote the ten commandments at you. The Bible fails to define murder specifically so I'm sure we won't be coming to an agreement here.

    Conversion of others : Basically the only major You shall DO as opposed to you shall not do command in the bible. Matthew 28:19. "Go forth and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of..." I'm sure you know the verse. The other gospels contain more of the same.

    Homosexuality : 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy, 1:10, Roman 1: 26-7 in the NT I assume the destruction of Sodom/Gomorrah is enough to prove the position in the OT. But there are other if you want me to dig them up.

  • Daniel Arrey 4 years ago

    Well all valid points mostly from the OT, exception is the quote from Matthew. However, which statements were said by Christ? The entire Christian Religion is based off of Jesus Christ, and his teachings. Without those teachings you're basically a Jew.

  • Jens 4 years ago

    Jesus doesn't specifically address anything but conversion. Christianity is not purely based on Jesus though. Jesus did not abolish the God's old standards, he just provided a way for humans not to suffer hell eternally for their falling short of God's standards. You can define Christianity as only the recorded words of Jesus but the reality of it is that Christians (technically) regard the books of every prophet in the OT and every apostle in the NT as God's own words. So for Christianity as it is in most of its forms in the United States, those quotes are authoritative in determining what Christians understand as God's will.

  • Roger Cotton 4 years ago

    Nonsense. The Republican Party did not co-opt Christianity. Christian values have always been part of the Republicans' core values, and the foundation for a number of the party planks.

    If anything, the Democrats have rejected Christianity, because their agenda is hampered by ethics, values, and God. How many Democrats these days hold themselves up to any Christian standard whatsoever?

    Claiming Republicans somehow "stole" Christianity is to revise history.

  • Jens 4 years ago

    He's not saying that the Republican party doesn't run on some Christian platforms or defend some Christian values, he's saying that they spin it to look like everything they do is Christian and everything everyone else thinks is from Satan, which is a load of crap. In the United states a political party defines what is Christian and what is not. Christianity in America cares more about strengthening the military and protecting gun rights than feeding the poor. That is the influence the Republican party wields over Christianity here.

  • Daniel Arrey 4 years ago

    Roger Cotton - They uphold Christian Values by standing by their so called 'Socialist' Ideals.

  • Warren White 3 years ago

    Roger, have you considered changing the channel?
    Your rhetoric comes straight off of Fox news Propaganda network and the Tea Party.
    "It's my way or the highway"

    As a Christian, and a Father , husband, and business owner, and Democrat, the "broad brush" approach of Republicans, such as you have exhibited, is simple not factual, and I don't how it fits in to the sprit of Christian love, as a brother to a brother.

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    jerry decaire 1 year ago

    First, it has been argued that when Jesus commissioned the disciples to evangelize he was specifically addressing them. But I don't believe it. What I do believe is that it's important that we evangelize as true Christians and not just Republicans in disguise-the wolf in sheep's clothing thing. And what's the biblical support for that? "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.MATTHEW 23:15 So if you are as the Republicans today who are similar to the phony Pharisees, you would be better off not speaking Jesus' name at all. As for the murder part, I agree with you Jen but not the weapons part...Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. I agree with 95% of this post. So true and good job. Don't be surprised if it doesn't ruffle feathers and illiciit attacks by the very ones who are the problem.

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    jerry decaire 1 year ago

    The destruction of Sodom was because of their inhospitality and cruelty not their sexual orientation. But Leviticus does actually condemn homosexuality. Everyone who is honest knows that is not a choice so the thing in question isn't homosexuality but rather the musings of homophobic men from the iron age. I am a believer in Christ by the way-just not a stickler for biblical inerrancy-just biblical value.

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    jerry decaire 1 year ago

    To Roger Cotton: I hope you are kidding!!! The only thing the Repubs have over the Dems is lip service: They say yes to God, but do not do his will. Bush and his oil wars: Love thine enemies and those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Perhaps the "sword" is our failing economy? Repubs reject universal healthcare while Sweden which is 80% atheistic has universal healthcare and nobody on the streets. Tea Party crap about taxes: Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. The list goes on and on. This is what I believe is spoken of as the spirit of the "Anti-Christ." I'm sure that party would thank you for your support.

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