Evangelical Christians Turn Their Backs On Jesus To Embrace Trump
The support of Comrade Drumph by Evangelical Christians is a real head scratcher for me. How in heaven’s name can people who claim the mantle of Christian vote for a person who is diametrically opposed to everything Jesus preached and taught? For this reforming Evangelical, the answer is clear: American Christianity is not concerned with following the teaching of Christ. They are drunk on the wine of power and influence. They see the opportunity to shape America into the theocracy they have always longed for.
Adele Stan wrote a piece recently for Common Dreams, “Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land“, pointing out that the “Evangelicals’ alignment with Trump shows their affinity for power over morality.” Stan opines that the first installment payment to the radical religious right for their overwhelming support is Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The zealots are wetting their pants with excitement anticipating the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the religious freedom to attack and discriminate any and all who are not true believers.
The hypocrisy of the Religious Right
In the first two weeks of his administration the new president has issued orders that ban people of a particular religious belief, started the process of denying affordable health care to 20 – 30 million Americans, and he has promised to destroy Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. The biblical teachings stand in opposition to nearly everything Agent Orange and his useful religious idiots claim as God’s will for humanity.
What does the Bible say about the treatment of aliens within our borders?
Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22 – When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
Numbers 9:14 and 15:15-16 – “…you shall have one statute for both the resident alien and the native.”
Jeremiah 22:3-5 – Do no wrong or violence to the alien.
Ezekiel 47:21-22 – The aliens shall be to you as citizens, and shall also be allotted an inheritance.
Zechariah7:8-10 – Do no oppress the alien.
What does the Bible say about the treatment of the poor?
Proverbs 22:16 –Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
1 John 3:17 – Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God.
Luke 3:11 “If you have two coats,” he replied (Jesus), “give one to the poor. If you have extra food, give it away to those who are hungry.”
The Christian Taliban that has taken over the Republican Party is obviously not familiar with the book they claim to hold sacred.
God Given Rights?
The radical religionists who now have control of the US government are fond of claiming that our Constitutional rights are universally given to all humans by God alone, not by the government. Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we are born with unalienable rights, and the Christian Taliban believes those words override the Constitution. They believe that religious law is a higher authority than our civil laws. I suppose that could be true if as Madison said, “men were angels”, but alas, we are not. Governments and the people who establish them are the only sources of rights on earth.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; Federalist 51
Religion does not promote individual freedom. In fact to live by a strict interpretation of Biblical Christianity is to give up a great deal of personal liberty. Biblical Christianity as evidenced in the Book of Acts is a communal society.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that any of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. Acts 4:32
Religion is group think in its highest form. Religion does not allow for dissent or difference of opinion. That doesn’t sound like a lot of individual freedom to me. The Evangelical Church in America has sold its collective soul to the devil in exchange for worldly power. I look forward to the day when they find out they have hell to pay.
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