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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  • Richard Verdejo

    It ain’t just Repubs the He’s not happy with….for much the same reasons.

  • Keith

    He hasn’t shown up in 2000 years, it seems he really doesn’t care much about what is going on here on earth.

    • Cooper

      He’s an extremely patient man.

      • Keith

        LOL

  • Human

    Jesus didn’t say … go, and I accept your sin & keep on sinning … did He? He said go, and sin no more. In other words … repent.

    • Stephen Barlow

      he who is without sin cast the first stone you need no one should judge at all unless you are sinless and this is the failure of the Republican service they soon and the judge and they repent not.

      • Human

        It seems to me you are being judgemental … judging “the Republican Conservative” in your statement above.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOU BETCHA!

      • Human

        Well, it also seems that you enjoy being a hypocrite.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOU.BETCHA!

      • Ellen H.

        Pot, kettle.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YEP!!!

  • Cooper

    So true about Republicans but I don’t think Jesus would be on board with abortion, not that most liberals are FOR abortion, but I think Jesus would say the value of the life in the womb trumps a woman’s right to choose (how she got herself in that situation to begin with). Wouldn’t he certainly go for birth control (hello, Catholicism) over terminating a life in the womb?

    • BHLaurie

      I am a liberal who is against abortion, but I was never young, alone, scared and pregnant. I will not tell someone how to react to a situation that I will never understand. And as far as how she got herself in that situation, she certainly did not get into it ALONE!

  • Betty Ketterman Rittmeyer

    Do you do anything to “help the needy” yourself? I hope you do. I hope you don’t just advocate that the government take money away from other people, to hire other folks to do the helping for you, so you don’t have to be bothered with it. Why do you demonize people who live and express their charity in other ways? Let me enlighten you: government is NOT a charity. But there are plenty of charities out there that you could volunteer for, or donate to. There is more than one way to be kind, even if it is not your way. As you said: “accept one another”.

    • Nicholas A Kocal

      If you are a US citizen and eligible to vote, THEN YOU ARE THE GOVERNMENT. When you vote for someone who is against helping the poor, the sick, the homeless, the most vulnerable members of society, then YOU are choosing not to follow the teachings of Jesus.

    • Ellen H.

      You sound a bit on the defensive. He didn’t say anything about the government giving more to the poor, but he did mention that republicans tend to vilify the poor. Oddly enough, Christ didn’t. The republicans scream they are Christians; however, their policies certainly don’t reflect that. Have you ever read the Acts of the Apostles also known simply as the book of Acts. It’s the first book after the gospels. They are very socialistic, sharing all they have with each other. Of course I realize you’ll ask if I share. I do–do you?

  • scottinnj

    If Jesus Christ is “ashamed” of Republicans, I fear for the Democrats who Booed Him at the 2012 DNC.

  • Cassidy

    Sounds like demorats to me.

  • Jonathan Perrott

    I can smear liberal progressives who claim to be Christians as well and say none of their values are anything like Christ’s values just as easily as you can conservatives who say they are Christians, but I don’t think it’s very helpful or edifying to your Christian brothers and sisters (or even to those who seem to be believers in name only), to say that they’re wrong and call them names without pointing out the particulars of what I think they’ve got wrong biblically and suggesting possible solutions to the problems I see. Ephesians 4:15-16, Galatians 5:14-15, I Thessalonians 5:9-11, etc. I feel like you could better edify and build those you disagree with up rather than tearing them down by explaining what in particular you think they’re getting wrong about what Jesus taught and why, and what they can do to solve the problem, rather than just telling them they’re wrong and calling them hateful and someone that Jesus would be ashamed of and other such names. Just my suggestion from God’s Word. I’ll be praying for you. Sincerely, a conservative Christian brother who tries to avoid unnecessary conflict wherever possible.

    • Jonathan Perrott

      Apologies for the block comment. I’m not always great at paragraphing in comments, because I often think more about the content of what I’m saying than organization (which is probably because I tend to think of comments threads almost as a conversation more than as written correspondence).

      • Di Kelley

        Johnathon, I’m not particularly in disagreement with you entirely. I do however agree with *most* of the statements in this article because of the fact that it’s been conservatives I have seen the majority of the un Christ like behavior from. This is my own personal experience speaking.

        As to the one yelling that it isn’t the government’s job to feed and clothe and house the poor. . .the problem with allowing charities to do it is that no one donates enough to make it possible anymore. Not because they are actually donating *less* but because the population has grown to a point where private charities *are unable* to supply all of those that need it.

        Thus, we need a stopgap. The social programs that part of my taxes pay for are that stopgap, and personally I have no issue in part of my tax money going to help those less fortunate than myself.

  • regressive white trash reli

    hmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, here is how to annoy white trash regressive “Christians”———- JESUS: no wife,,,,no girlfriend,,,,no kids,,,,all MALE apostles,,,,,,,NEVER said anything derisive about homosexuality— T..O..D..A..Y.. that would be construed as a HOMOSEXUAL man???

  • Rosegarten

    Jesus not only value the life in the womb. He values life period. The livex the world consider refuse, Jesus has already died for him. The lives murdered by police, he values those lives as much as the one in the womb. People are the ones screwed up and devalue another person when God has placed a high premium on the lives of all men.

  • jmarie

    The basic premise that the author gets wrong is that there is republican hypocrisy. There is not. Republican Christians believe is helping those less fortunate and they do, in ways many people cannot even imagine, but they do it on a personal level. They believe it’s not necessarily the job of government. I am neither a republican nor a christian, for the record.

    • Nicholas A Kocal

      I have said this many times but for the ignorant, here it is again. If you are a US citizen and eligible to vote, THEN YOU ARE THE GOVERNMENT. When you vote for someone who is against helping the poor, the sick, the homeless, the most vulnerable members of society, then YOU are choosing not to follow the teachings of Jesus.

      So therefore it is not possible to be a republican Christian, as the values of the republican party are against the values of Jesus.