I hear people talk about their “Christianity” as though they are wearing some kind of “badge of courage.” I constantly hear these same people ask “what would Jesus do?” As everyone who is a regular here knows I don’t care what religion you may follow. I don’t care if you don’t follow any religion. I don’t care if you don’t even believe in religion or god.
But, what I do care about is that if you truly believe in religion, you have a duty to actually live by the teachings you say you believe in. As I have written before, all religions have their faults. All religions, by definition are discriminatory. That is just the nature of the religion business. You can’t really believe in a religion unless you believe the “my god is better than your god” theory.
As we know, America is predominantly a Christian country. That doesn’t mean that Christianity is the “official religion” of America as the Christian Cult want’s you to believe. It just means that more people in our country count themselves as Christian than anything else.
Conservatives are the most vocal “Christians” we hear talking today. So, I ask, if conservatives are so Christian, why are their policies so “Un-Christian?” Why is it that Conservative Christians claim to have “accepted Jesus as their lord and savior” and yet go against 99% of his teachings? How is it that Conservative Christians can claim to follow the “teachings of Jesus” all the while hating their neighbors and pass discriminatory laws and policies?
I ask these questions now because Christians are celebrating their most holy week, Easter Week. This is when Christians are supposed to “reaffirm” their belief system and their acknowledgement of the teachings of Jesus. It is also a time when we are seeing more and more discriminatory laws being passed by states whose politicians claim to be “Conservative Christians.”
We are seeing more anti-LGBT laws being passed under the false pretense of “religious liberty.” Just for the record, Jesus never said a single word about the LGBT community. What he said was that there were only two commandments: “Love God with all your heart and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Now, I don’t care what version of the Bible you read, you will not find an asterisk after the “love your neighbor as yourself” quote. There was no “exception” offered by Jesus to this law. But, todays “Conservative Christians” want you to believe that asterisk exists. That is the only reason there is such an outcry about same-sex marriage we see today.
Just in the great-thinking state of Texas, over 20 discriminatory bills have been introduced already this year. All are in the name of “religious liberty” and of “states rights.” Only these bills have been written by national organizations with their roots in the belt-way. Hardly something that screams “states rights.”
There have been a lot of talk against the Islam “Sharia Law” in this country. These discriminatory laws are nothing less than “Sharia Law.” I guess it depends on which “Sharia Law” you support on whether or not it is good or bad.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday. Many Christians were in church starting their Easter Week holiday celebration. The Governor of Indiana was on television trying to defend the law he passed making it legal to discriminate against LGBTs. In his interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he utterly refused to answer the yes or no question about whether the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” would allow discrimination against LGBT Indianans with either a yes or a no. Eight times.
The funny thing is that Jesus did mention something about your yes and no answers. It’s in Matthew 5:37 and it’s really very simple. Jesus said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.” If the Governor cannot give a simple yes or no to the question about discrimination, one has to wonder what the real purpose of the law is. Another example of a so-called “Conservative Christian” claiming “religious liberty” all the while avoiding what his savior, Jesus told him to do. Answer with a yes or no.
Look, I don’t care if discriminatory laws are intended to hurt LGBT, Blacks, Latinos, Irish, Germans, Muslims, Jews, or anyone else. They are evil all by themselves. Their intent is to create a multi-level citizenship status. They are an attempt to force one person’s religious beliefs on everyone else. There is no other reason for them.
Additionally, these same Conservative Christians are all in support of a budget blueprint that raises the budget numbers for DOD while paying for those increases by hacking the social safety nets for our most vulnerable people. These are the same people who want to gut Medicare and make it a voucher system. They want to make the VA a voucher system. The want to gut food stamps. They want to take away health insurance from the poor and needy. And, they don’t want to raise the minimum wage so people at the lower ends of our society can earn a living through their hard work.
On the other hand, they refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy. They refuse to close loopholes that allow the rich to “hide” their money overseas so they don’t have to pay taxes on it. They claim they want to “balance the budget” but keep adding to the deficit by adding “breaks” and “incentives” to the wealthy without paying for them.
To me, these actions by the Conservative Christian Cult just don’t add up. If you really are a Christian and claim to be “a God-fearing” person, how can you support laws that take away the civil rights of other groups? How can you openly support what I call “hate laws?”
How can you be willing to let the most needy in our society suffer even more while protecting the income of the most wealthy? Didn’t Jesus say “It is harder for a wealthy person to enter heaven than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle?” With policies like the ones they are pushing, I can see how that is so.
I guess the easy answer would be to say these Conservative Christians aren’t really Christians at all. But, I won’t go to those lengths. I won’t try to look inside the hearts of people to find their motivation. But, I will say that if they truly believe in the teachings of Jesus, they have a funny way of showing it.
I once had a priest tell me that “religion is supposed to bring hope and comfort” to people. If that is true, the policies of our Conservative Christian politicians are doing just the opposite. It is more like the saying of “do what I say and not what I do.”
Sometimes I wonder that if Jesus lived today, if our Conservative Christians wouldn’t be the first in line to crucify him. I believe their actions and policies say they would be.