Whether or not you’re a Christian, what Jesus Christ symbolizes I believe is transcendent. The values for which he lived shouldn’t just be for those who follow Christianity. I believe what Jesus Christ symbolizes, beyond religious rhetoric, should be values all of humanity should stand for.
One of the main values for which Jesus Christ lived was helping the poor and needy. He also lived a life helping those that couldn’t help themselves.
Never once is there an account where Jesus asked someone why they needed help, he just helped. After all, was it his place to judge? As much as it might be popular to say, “We’re all born equal”—we’re not.
The circumstances that I’ve overcome in life aren’t equal nor are the abilities within each of us to handle them the exact same way. Some of us are stronger than others and some of us simply face obstacles which we’re not mentally or physically able to overcome.
A family that might have a child with autism overcomes obstacles I can’t imagine because I don’t have a child who has to overcome such adversity. I can’t say to them, “I know how you feel,” because I don’t.
So it’s absolutely ignorant to judge others based upon a notion that, “I did it, so can they.” It’s also naive to judge people based on a minority of people who abuse generosity.
But this is exactly what many Republicans do and the entire Republican party builds their platform on. They’ve perpetuated this myth that, “We’re all created equal”—which is a lie. They’ve also built this idea that the majority of people on welfare are abusing the system—another lie.
Most people who need help, need help. And no, we’re not created equal.
Jesus Christ knew this, which is why he didn’t judge those who needed help. Jesus also spoke out against greed, because greed is really the root of most of the world’s problems. The desire for excess often comes at the expense of those who can’t fight for themselves.
Even during “Biblical times” they had the two-percenters. Those who had everything, building it on the backs of those who had very little. This is something Jesus Christ stood against.
So you’d think a party which claims to be the party of “Christian values” would rise against greed and embrace humanity. But they don’t. They base their “Christianity” on church attendance and fierce opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
And that’s about it.
Politically, their party constantly vilifies and attacks the poor while making victims out of the rich. The poor are talked about like “takers” while the rich are promoted as “job creators.” Programs that help the poor are seen as “drains” while tax breaks for the rich are seen as “the path to prosperity.”
“Welfare” is a word they detest. They paint anyone who needs government help as “the problem” while acting as if the greed of the 2% isn’t an issue. Except, it wasn’t the poor who sank our economy, it was the rich. It was greed. The same greed which their party continues to support and enable.
So how is any of this representative of “Christian” values? Believing in God doesn’t make you a Christian. Jewish people believe in God, but they’re not Christians. Being a “Christian” means you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Defending the poor, helping the helpless, accepting those who are different, not judging, loving one another, being hopeful—these are real Christian values.
And they’re values which Republicans don’t live by. Republicans are fearful, angry, judgement, hateful, spiteful and base their entire economic ideology on feeding greed. Basically the complete opposite of everything Jesus Christ stood for.
In fact, when I see Republicans talk about social programs, the disdain for the poor is evident. Almost every budget proposal Republicans support doesn’t touch the rich — instead, it puts the burden of those cuts on programs that benefit the poor and middle class.
Think about it. When was the last time Republicans proposed anything that benefited the poor instead of the rich? I honestly can’t think of a single thing.
Hell, we’re in the midst of a government shutdown because Republicans would rather have our government cease to function than give access to health care for millions of Americans. Our nation has nearly defaulted our on debt because they fiercely opposed any mention of a tax increase for the rich.
Republicans quite literally would rather watch the whole country burn to the ground fighting for the benefits of those of us who have the most, while attacking those of us who have the least.
How in the hell is that “Christian?”
It’s not. And it’s time Republicans stop calling themselves “Christian” when they blatantly hate the poor.