Friday, March 21, 2014

A Semi-Christian Nation?

America as a Christian nation. I have heard that by many that we are a nation that was founded upon Christian principles. I rarely try to interject that most of the people that settled in America came here so that they may have freedom from the Church of England. That would destroy the Romanticized of God, country, and apple pie. Fake historian David Barton has made an entire career perpetrating this ideal. Never find those facts that the founders desired the completed opposite and that there is an implied separation of church and state in most of our founders writings.

Facts are stupid things.

The fact is, that most of these people who continue to push this Christian nation idea are individuals who have not seen the inside of a church in years. I can look past that. You do not necessarily need a church to be of faith. What I have to wonder is, why do we not ACT like a Christian nation. Why are we so quickly to dismiss the less fortunate? Why are we so quick to not look twice upon that homeless man we walk by on the corner? There is a pretty good chance that homeless man was a former service member. Why is America so quick to demonize being poor? We tell them to stop but they just can’t, as if these people actually choose to be poor. We hurry to embarrass these people by requiring them to take drug tests to get public assistance. It is the same public assistance that so many are working so hard to cut and ultimately, eliminate. The discussion of making children sweep and clean their schools for school lunches is not dismissed, but advocated as a good idea. Those are the same individuals that will fight for the right of these kids to be born but yet, will not fight to make sure that they have the accessible healthcare or nutrition.

Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t there a big part of the Bible that advocates for taking care of the poor? Off the top of my head, I can think of a couple scriptures that address that. Mathew 25:35 is the most direct, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Is that the Bible discussing food stamps? One of my personal favorites is John 3: 17-18 which basically asks how a can a man of faith turns away from one in need? I could go on and on with examples but one other point in the Bible that stays pretty consistent is the disdain for money and material goods. My all-time favorite is Mark 10:25, “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven”. As much as I would like to see many Goldman Sachs executives in hell, does that also mean that Bill Gates will not see heaven despite all of the charities that he gives to? Since the Bible is the textbook for members of a certain party, why do they remain so steadfast in their desire to eliminate any and all programs designed to help those who need it the most. Do these people see no hypocrisy in their political philosophy and their faith? On the contrary, the less fortunate are seen as leeches on society. Their mere existence is a burden upon the rest of us God-fearing, free market loving, Americans

Oh yes, there are those words, “the free market”. The free market is the Utopia for these same religious people. Little or no restrictions on the economy or the commerce of our country. A Laiseez Faire world where businesses could do as they pleased. I ask, isn’t the free market a direct contradiction of the charitable and loving ideology in the Bible? If so, what is more important, the love of the free market or the religious ideals that you have embraced for all those years?

I do not believe you have both. And deep down, their party knows it too. Want proof? Ask Jan Brewer in Arizona.

1 comment:

  1. You go, buddy. Give 'em the ear full they deserve.