In what some are calling “one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture“, a new survey shows that White Evangelical Christians as a group reject politicians and policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus.
For example, Jesus preached that mercy and forgiveness are cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the strongest supporters of the use of torture, the death penalty, and harsh criminal sentencing. Jesus taught non-violence, and yet Evangelicals support the preemptive offensive invasion of other countries. And most ironically, Jesus repeatedly claimed that greed and the pursuit of money was an anathema to God and that in order to follow him you should give your money to the poor, and yet Evangelicals are very supportive of corporate greed and excess. Indeed, most Evangelicals denounce the primary teachings of Jesus as “socialism”.
I find it especially ironic that Jesus explicitly said that people who disparage others and call them names will burn in hell, and yet the Westboro Baptist Church main website is “God Hates Fags”, when the city of Orlando and Disneyworld instituted an annual “Gay Days” event Pat Robertson warned that this would “bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor”, and the Mormon Church violated the separation of church and state by pushing for Proposition 8 in California.
So what can you do to turn this around? Ranker has put together a list of the top 20 Bible passages that can be used to fight intolerant fundamentalists. For example, the next time someone claims they are for Christian family values, remind them that according to the Bible, divorce and remarrying are both adultery, that anyone not married who is not a virgin must be stoned to death, and that if your married brother dies, you are commanded to have sex with his widow. If they say something like “Family First” you can remind them that Jesus said “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
Not only that, but anyone who curses their parents must be put to death. Given the attitudes of typical teenagers, that would quickly depopulate the country. But that’s fine, since the Bible also says “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” And if you disobey the word of God, then God will punish you by making you eat your babies. Seriously.
As for our response to terrorism, the Bible teaches us to “turn the other cheek” and submit passively to violence against us. And that if someone steals your coat, you should also give them your cloak. I guess that’s why Christians are all calling for the dismantling of our Department of Defense and for fewer prisons.
I know this is old, but I can’t help but think that if Jesus were to come back and run for political office, something like this would be the result: