It’s rather comical that the party that champions itself as the party of “Christian values” just elected Donald Trump. It goes to show you the ignorance and hypocrisy that exists among so many on the right who consider themselves beacons for “Christian values.”
The truth is, Republicans are only remotely “Christian” when it comes to two topics:
The ironic thing is, Jesus Christ never once spoke about either issue.
Not. One. Single. Time.
So, how can you base your Christian faith on issues that were never once discussed by the person upon whom the faith is actually based?
Even if you’re not a Christian or a religious person at all, you probably understand the concept of what faith is supposed to be. In short, you adhere to the values and beliefs of the person, religion or deity in which you believe. Christians are supposed to build their life around and adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ. You know, that whole “love thy neighbor,” don’t judge, be giving, live with hope and generally just be a good person thing.
However, if you listen to most conservatives, you would think Jesus Christ would be a gun-loving, war-mongering, immigrant-hating advocate for greed who spent most of his time telling everyone with whom he disagreed how horrible they were.
You know, like he did the adulterous woman who was about to be stoned to death. Wait, no – he actually defended her and told others not to judge her unless they were free of “sin” themselves.
Again, that whole “love thy neighbor,” don’t judge people thing.
But the truth is, there’s almost nothing Christian about the Republican party; Trump’s ascension to the top of it proves this whole “party of Christian values” is nothing but a myth.
Of all the candidates who vied for the GOP nomination, the least Christian one is the person they overwhelmingly chose as the person who best represents their true, deplorable values.
Aside from his blatant pandering to “Christian conservatives” who are naive enough to believe his drivel, what’s even remotely Christian about Donald Trump?
This is someone who has a massive ego; is comically insecure; belittles women; has committed adultery at least once that we know of; is on his third marriage; is a huge narcissist; lies constantly; and bullies anyone he feels he can get away with bullying.
I’m pretty sure that if Jesus Christ were around today he wouldn’t be too thrilled with supporting a billionaire (Jesus sort of frowned on the whole “greed” thing), who’s cheated on at least one of his wives, is on his third marriage, has vilified immigrants, pushed hate as a core of his campaign and tries to use his power to bully people.
In fact, based on what I know about Jesus Christ, Donald Trump is the exact type of person I’m almost certain Jesus would have warned people not to follow and viewed as an enemy to actual Christian values.
Meanwhile, none of this is really surprising; “conservative Christians” have been hypocrites for decades. These are folks who once argued that segregation and bans on interracial marriage were supported by religion and have often used “Christian values” to justify their ignorance, bigotry, racism and hate.
Even now, many are still trying to use religion as a “justifiable” means to openly discriminate against members of the LGBT community, control women’s bodies or oppose free access to birth control.
As a progressive Christian (yes, there are millions of us out there), I’m sick and tired of people labeling Republicans as “Christians.” I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve encountered in my life who either left Christianity or view it negatively, solely based on the ignorance of these “right-wing Christians.”
Most of those who are fleeing Christianity aren’t doing so because of atheists, Muslims, science or liberals. They’re leaving because the faith has been hijacked by people who’ve distorted its true meaning for their own small-minded hatred, racism and bigotry.
That’s why we need to put an end to this lie that Republicans are the party of “Christian values.”
I’m not arrogant enough to claim “Jesus was the first liberal,” or that he would be a Democrat today, but I will unequivocally say one thing with absolute certainty – Jesus Christ sure as hell wouldn’t be a Republican.
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