Republicans like to champion themselves the party of “Christian values.” When I hear them make this claim, I can’t help but laugh.
A party which brags about the death penalty, condemns the poor, cuts programs that help the needy and values guns—claims to be the party that represents Jesus Christ.
That’s a joke, right?
Whether or not you believe Jesus Christ was real is irrelevant—what he symbolizes isn’t really debatable.
He’s someone who stood for love, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, hope and giving.
These are not words that hold much value within the Republican party. Personally, many of their supporters might think they epitomize these values, but as a collective their party is a contradiction in nearly every aspect.
Sure these people might think going to church, putting some kind of religious symbol on their car and opposing abortion makes them a Christian, but guess what? None of that has anything to do with following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
He never spoke about abortion, and while he might not agree with it, I can’t see him judging someone who didn’t share his same sentiment. After all, I doubt he supported adultery, yet the Bible depicts an event where he stood in defense of a woman about to be stoned for committing that very act. To paraphrase this part of the Bible, Jesus basically told those who meant to condemn the woman for her actions that unless they were free of sin, they should not judge others for theirs.
The point being, we shouldn’t cast judgement because we are all flawed. We should accept, not judge, one another.
And don’t even get me started on how little value I place on church attendance. I waited tables for years within very close driving distance from two of the largest mega churches in San Antonio, Texas. The absolute worst shift to work was Sunday morning—particularly after 12:30 pm when the main Sunday morning service let out from both churches and the restaurant filled with church goers. This was the morning where people were the rudest, cheapest, most hateful and basically made life a living hell for anyone having to deal with them. These “good church” people pretended to be great people for about 90 minutes, yet once they left that building, many of them acted like the true scumbags they really were. Church, for them, was just a vessel which they used to make themselves feel like good people.
Of course, you can never convince these kinds of people that they’re bad people. If you try, they’ll often cite their church involvement as some kind of evidence to prove they’re “good Christians.”
And if you really want to see the true hypocrisy within the Republican party, and their false claim of Christian values, look no further than their economic policies.
Jesus specifically warned against greed and spent his life helping the sick and needy. Yet, the Republican economic ideology completely contradicts that. They build their philosophies based on the notion that if you feed greed more, every one else will benefit. They fight for the right of millionaires and billionaires to keep more, and claim it’s the poor and needy in this country that drain our resources.
They’ve convinced millions that a handful of people controlling the vast majority of our wealth is a good thing and poor people are the cause of our nation’s economic troubles.
After all, it was America’s poor that caused the Great Depression and the Great Recession, right? Oh, no—they were both mainly caused by corruption in the financial sector and the greed of a few.
Nothing quite like saying the saviors to our economic turmoil are the very same people who caused it. Then paying for their wrongdoings by taking from those who already have next to nothing.
What would Jesus do…
Would he give more to the rich at the expense of the poor? Would he close tax loopholes for the wealthy or cut funding to food programs for hungry children? What would he say is more important for everybody to have, health care or guns?
These are questions Republicans either don’t want to answer, or are simply in denial about—because the choices Jesus would most likely choose wouldn’t be the same as their party.
So I’m not saying if Jesus were here today he’d be a Democrat. In all honestly he’d probably be apolitical. I personally believe he would be ashamed of both parties.
But what I’m really saying is this—if Jesus were alive today he might not be a Democrat, but he damn sure wouldn’t be a Republican.