THE AMAZING THING IS THAT REPUBLICANS CAN EVEN WIN A SEAT IN THE US CONGRESS!
Today is Sunday so I am in a religious mood. In this frame of mind, I review what I read in the New Testament portion of the Christian Bible. I understand that portion of the bible, I think.
The Old Testament portion of the Bible I do not pay much attention to. I do not pay much attention to it because the philosophy it espouses is not what Jesus Christ teaches.
Mosaic law is the law of crime and punishment. You did something wrong, and you are punished by an angry, pathologically narcissistic God.
In the New Testament, Jesus brought the law of love and forgiveness to replace Mosaic law of crime and punishment; the God of Jesus is the God of love and forgiveness.
Everything that Jesus said is love you, your neighbor and God and forgive your neighbors wrongs to you. Mark 12:28-36. Luke 6: 27-36.
In the Sermon on the Mount, the man said: forgive your enemy for you have no enemy in God. Pray for your enemy. Mathew 5: 1-48.
In the only prayer he taught his disciples, our Lord’s prayer, he taught them to pray thus: our father, who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name, give us our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses because we have forgiven those who trespassed against us. Mathew 6:5-15; Mathew 18:22.
And a man was on his way to worship God and remembered that his neighbor had sinned against him, and Jesus said that he must first go home and forgive him before he worships God; God hears all our prayers but if one wants God to answer one’s prayer, one must forgive those who sinned against one. How many times, Peter, asked, must one forgive the sinner? Jesus said seventy-seven times, which is infinitely. Mathew 18:21; Mathew 5: 43-47.
And they brought a woman caught in adultery to him and asked him what to do to her. According to the laws of Moses’ pathologically angry God, she is to be stoned to death. Jesus said, let him who has not sinned be the first to cast the stone at her. And they all left for we are all sinners. He asked the woman, where are those who accused you of sin? She said that they are gone, and he told her that He forgives her and for her to go home and sin no more. John 8:11.
Eventually, he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and accused of blasphemy, of claiming to be one with God. He was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to be crucified. He was crucified. Before he died, he said, father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing . The man walked his talk of forgiveness. Luke 23:34.
And he said to them, love God with your whole heart, love your neighbor like yourself and those are the sum of all the teachings of God brought to humanity by the prophets of old. Mark 12:29-31. Luke10:27-37.
Do unto others how you want them to do to you; you want to be loved and cared for, so love and care for all people. Mathew 7: 12.
And a man was on his way and highway robbers descended on him, robbed him, beat him up, and left him on the side of the road to die. All kinds of people passed the man and did nothing to help him, and a Good Samaritan (Samaritans were those Jews rejected, like today’s black folks in the USA) stopped and not only helped him but used his money to provide further medical services for him. Jesus said that his followers must live like the Good Samaritan, provide medical services to all their neighbors. Luke: 10: 25-37.
You can look at Christianity any which way you choose but the inevitable conclusion is that Jesus asked his followers to love and care for one another and forgive each other their sins.
I do not see so-called evangelical Christian Americans and their political party, the Republican party loving and caring for Americans.
They are opposed to publicly paid education for all Americans; they are opposed to publicly paid health care for all Americans.
Their idea of government is to cut taxes for the rich and let them make as much profits as they wish and live well while the masses suffer, and many are homeless.
Since they know that eventually angry mobs are going to come after the wealthy, the wealthy, therefore, ought to have guns to protect themselves, they cannot have God to protect them; the godless need guns to protect them.
(When the inevitable revolution for social and economic justice comes to the USA, will the possession of private weapons protect the rich? How did the French nobility do during the 1789 revolution and the Russian aristocrats’ do in the 1918 revolution? The universe has a way of removing evil persons from the earth.)
They grotesquely fund the military industrial complex so that the USA has the military to oppress the rest of the world.
I do not see how a Republican can claim to be a Christian, not if he reads the same bible that I read.
I do not believe that Republicans worship the Christian God that I care for. They are not Christian; they worship their ego that they projected to what they call God.
I do not see how any American who calls his self a Christian could cast even one vote for Republicans to be elected to public offices.
Please do not tell me that I am naive and do not understand politics. Do not even go there; I am not now interested in sophistry, but the truth.
I am talking Christianity here not your “sophisticated understanding of politics.”
My understanding of Christian politics is the organization of public affairs in a Christian community; that politics must be organized along Christian teachings of love and forgiveness.
The fact that many Americans vote for the Republican party, and that party is most likely to take back the House of Representative and Senate and the White House come next elections, Republican controlled states have gerrymandered their districts so that mostly Republicans will win, and if Democrats win they will say that they stole the election, and like frenzied manic folks yell, stop the steal, only Republicans are now allowed to win elections, the impending autocracy is in place, makes me wonder in what part of the world the USA is located, it is certainly not in the part that the loving and caring Jesus Christ lives.
All citations in the Bible are from the New International Version. I do not need those citations to make my points, but since some people take the cover of the book for its content, I oblige them by citing passages in the Bible.
November 28, 2021