The Republican Party Will Never Represent Christianity

greedI’ve been pretty clear on my stance that Republicans don’t follow Christianity, they follow what I call “Republicanity.”  It’s a mixture of a political party and a handful of excerpts from the Bible — specifically the Old Testament.

The problem is, real Christianity is about giving, loving, hoping, accepting and forgiving.  And these aren’t traits the GOP holds in high regard.

Even as Pope Francis, probably the most recognized Christian leader on the planet, basically calls out their entire political ideology, it doesn’t seem to have any kind of impact on their thinking.  In fact, his words have actually started a conservative backlash against the Pope himself.

Isn’t it getting a little ridiculous when a political party is telling the Pope that he doesn’t get Christianity?  But that’s more or less what you’re seeing more and more of them start to do.

But the real problem is, their party is built on greed, judgement and fear.  As long as they embrace these three traits, they can never be representatives of Christianity.  Sure, they can go to church and tell themselves that they’re “good Christian conservatives,” but I can call myself a lion — it doesn’t make me a lion.

And as it says in the Bible about greed being perpetual and never ending, so too is the continued stance by conservatives who are embracing values that are contradictions of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Trickle-down economics is an entire economic ideology built on the notion that the more you give the rich, the better off we’ll all be.  Talk about a great scam, huh?  Make the rich even richer and they promise we’ll benefit.

There’s just one problem — money is not infinite.  The more we give to them, the less we get back.  And what you’re seeing is what the Bible warns about greed — it’s perpetual and it will never end.  The more we give the rich, the more they’re going to want.

Because when it comes down to it, the entire “American dream” Republicans lie to their voters about is perpetuated on the American desire for gaining wealth.  Something statistics show is basically impossible for about 98% of us.

“Trust our economy ideology, look at how many wealthy people unregulated capitalism has created!”

And they’re right, it has made some people very rich.  But what about the other 98% of us?  That’s the part they seem to leave out.

But real Christianity isn’t found in the desire for wealth, it’s found in basic humanity.  It’s found in helping your fellow man, not judging them.  It’s found in feeding the needy, not taking from them.  It’s found in embracing those who are different from you, not casting them out.

Unfortunately for Republicans, they simply don’t get any of that, and probably never will.

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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