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.
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.
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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