That premise alone is one of the driving forces behind my opposition to Republicans and the so-called “conservative Christian.” Sure, these people call themselves Christians, but hardly anything they do or support quantifies their claims. Conservatism is driven by hate, fear, paranoia, judgement, greed and violence. These are people who love guns, worship greed and hate anyone who isn’t just like them. People who support funding cuts to programs that millions of children rely on to put food on their table while simultaneously having absolutely no problem with some millionaire/billionaire getting even more tax breaks that they don’t even need.
But the truth is, most Republicans don’t worship Christianity, they worship their political ideologies.
Which is what makes Pope Francis so interesting. As pope, he’s arguably the most powerful Christian leader in the world. But this is a pope who has preached acceptance, called out trickle-down economics and even embraced the need to combat climate change.
In other words, he’s not a Republican or a conservative.
But, wait, how is that possible? Aren’t Republicans the “party for Christian values”? Then how is it that Pope Francis’ stance on several of these issues has caused several Republicans to lash out against him, including Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh?
Though it makes sense that conservatives wouldn’t be the biggest fans of Pope Francis. After all, he actually behaves like an actual Christian, instead of just talking about it.
Just like he did on his birthday when he issued 400 sleeping bags to homeless people. That’s what you call actions speaking louder than words.
Because while many Republicans in this country like to go around acting as if they’re representatives of Christianity, based mostly on their stance against gay rights and abortion (two issues about which Jesus Christ never spoke), their actions and policies they support are nothing even remotely close to Christ-like. And, in fact, many of them have been critical of possibly the most Christ-like pope in modern history.
As for me, a progressive Christian, I absolutely love this pope. While he’s not perfect, and still has a long way to go to fix all the problems within the Catholic Church, he’s led by Christian example rather than just words. Because it’s easy for anyone to say they’re a follower of Christ, but it’s a heck of a lot harder to show it.
And thankfully, at least for now, the Catholic Church has a pope who’s letting his actions speak far more loudly than his words.