Jesus Christ Would Be Ashamed to See the Republican Party Manipulating People Using His Name

jesus-republicansWhenever I run across a holier-than-thou right-wing Christian, I like confronting them on their belief in Jesus Christ. Not because I want to mock their Christian faith (I am a Christian), but because I simply cannot grasp how someone can call themselves a Republican and a Christian.

Jesus Christ, whether you believe he existed or not, represented a certain set of values. Even if you just want to view him as a symbol, those values transcend any known religion to just the very basics of human decency.

You don’t have to be a Christian, or follow any faith whatsoever, to believe that we should help the needy, protect the elderly, accept one another, defend the defenseless and be caring human beings. Those are simply traits good people of any walk of life have within themselves. They’re not exclusive to Christians. Tens of millions of people from all over the world, most of whom aren’t Christians, share many of the traits for which Jesus Christ represents.

But I fully believe that if Jesus Christ came down right now and listened to some of the rhetoric being spewed by the Republican party, he’d be absolutely ashamed of them. Especially considering how they’re using his name to justify their ignorance.

These are the people who say they represent Christian values, yet vilify poor people while defending the rich. They’re some of the same people who seem to think that homosexuality is somehow the biggest issue in the Bible. People who value guns more than they do human lives. Politicians who think that corporations are more important than people.

Because the truth is, the GOP uses religion to manipulate people.

History proves that religion is one of the most effective tools for manipulation. If you can successfully tie in something with a person’s religion, you can pretty much make them believe anything – no matter how irrational.

And that’s exactly what the Republican party has done. They’ve managed to get tens of millions of people to vote against their own interests by targeting their religion to exploit their fears and ignorance.

Which is how you get tens of millions of “Christians” supporting policies that are the exact antithesis of everything for which Jesus Christ stood. Because the truth of the matter is, if Jesus Christ were to come down right now to see the Republican party using his name to push policies that vilify the poor, attack the needy and judge those with which they disagree with such disdain and intolerance – he’d be absolutely ashamed.

Because there’s not much of anything within the Republican party that represents “Christ-like” values. It’s supported by a bunch of people who seem to believe that you worship a man who stood for hope, generosity, love and acceptance with fear, greed, hate and judgement.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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