A while ago someone told me that if you’re a rational person, never try to understand someone who’s irrational — you’re simply not wired the same way. At that point I had never really thought about it like that, but it makes perfect sense.
How can someone who thinks rationally understand someone who is irrational? The irrational person doesn’t view the world in the same way as the rational, so in reality they’re living in two different worlds.
It’s a mindset I always try to remind myself of when dealing with Republicans. No matter how much time I spend “in this business,” I really don’t think I’ll ever understand the inner workings of a conservative.
The easiest way I feel to showcase this is through religion and faith.
What Jesus Christ stands for is fairly universal, no matter if you’re a Christian, Muslim, atheist or anything in between. By that I mean you don’t have to be a believer in any particular faith to believe in the values for which Jesus Christ represents, because those values transcend religion into basic humanity.
But even though, for most people, the goodness for which Jesus Christ stood isn’t disputable – Republicans still try to act as if Jesus would be on their side.
Jesus Christ was a peace loving, eternally forgiving helper of the needy and the poor – all while condemning greed and those who used God for their own selfish benefits. How exactly are those values any kind of representation of what Republicans stand for?
If you eliminate abortion and an opposition to gay marriage, what religious principles do conservatives really incorporate in their devotion to faith?
Church attendance? Please. But honestly, where are these “Christian values” in the current Republican party?
Do they really believe Jesus Christ would:
- Be an advocate for guns
- Support cuts to programs that help feed the poor
- Push for cuts in programs that help support our elderly
- Cut funding for education
- Judge those with whom he disagreed
- Oppose health care reform that gave access to health care for millions of poor people
- Believe that the best economic model is based upon giving the richest among us the most and hoping they “trickle it down” to the rest of us
- Be filled with fear, hate, paranoia and anger
Is this the Jesus Christ they believe in? Because it sure isn’t the one that’s represented in the Bible.
Biblical Jesus Christ—-well, he was a liberal.
He believed in helping the poor, the sick and the needy. He loved others, preached forgiveness, didn’t judge people he disagreed with and spoke of a hopeful future.
Where exactly are those values found in the Republican party platform?
If Republicans really lived their life like Jesus Christ, they wouldn’t be conservatives, they’d be liberals.
There was nothing conservative about Jesus. His love, compassion, understanding, acceptance – they were all limitless. Even those who he strongly disagreed with, he held out hope that they would change and become better people.
Heck, even after being tortured and crucified, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” That’s Jesus. Asking for forgiveness not for himself, but for those who condemned him to an excruciating death.
Jesus Christ was actually the first famous progressive. He spoke out about ideas that had never before been seen. He dared to challenge that which had been the norm for as long as most people could recall. He didn’t cling to “traditional values” because those values had placed people in chains and kept them in poverty.
These aren’t things I see emulating within the GOP. They judge, hate, fear and reject anything and everything that isn’t just like they are.
Jesus wouldn’t judge homosexuals, he would accept them. He wouldn’t hate Muslims, he would converse with them. He wouldn’t take from the poor, he would give to them. He wouldn’t restrict health care, he would open it up. He wouldn’t judge others, he would accept them. He wouldn’t fear change, he would embrace it.
Conservatives trying to convince themselves that Jesus Christ would actually support their political ideology are completely delusional.
Because if Jesus were alive today he might not be a Democrat, but it seems clear to me – he damn sure wouldn’t be a Republican.