Friday, September 12, 2008
The Conservatives have taken Chrstianity Hostage.
One of the biggest political strokes of genius known to man was the Conservative ownership of the Christian Religion. Once this was done, the Liberal party became, by default, the Anti-Christian party. They knew the Liberals could do nothing because to claim one religion as their own would be to defy the US Constitution as well as everything America stands for.
It is clear to me that those at the Top of the Conservative Party USE Religion as a weapon and nothing more. Their voting record is anything but Christian. To illuminate my point, here are some passages from the Bible on caring for the Poor. After reading, I challenge you to determine which political faction is actually the more Christian...
God's commands concerning the poor:
Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.
Mt. 5:42. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Blessings on those who serve the poor
Is. 58:10. "And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail."
Consequences of not serving the poor
Is. 10:1-3. "Woe to those who enact evil statutes, and to those who continually record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice, and rob the poor of My people of their rights... Now what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the devastation which will come from afar?"
Luke 1:52ff. [Mary's Magnificat.] "He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were hungry. He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed."
Luke 6:24. "But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full."
Excerpt from Bill O'Reilly Interview on Sept 9th:
"OBAMA: Well, but the problem is, if I am sitting pretty, and you’ve got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it if she can’t, what’s the big deal for me to say I’m going to pay a little bit more?
O’REILLY: Because it inhibits…
OBAMA: That is neighborliness."
Senator Barack Obama is a man of God, a man of the People, but Most Important- a man that respects and reveres the US Constitution.
My point is this- the Conservatives have taken the Christian Religion hostage. And those of us who believe in God and also want to help out the less fortunate, those of us who believe in the importance of neighborliness want it back and we want it taken out of the government too- just as an added bonus and nod to the Constitution. :)
Many Conservative politicians, specifically, use it as a way to get into office and then when they get there they do nothing to further Christian initiatives which won't directly benefit them- such as helping the poor. I see John McCain, just as I saw George Bush, as one of those Conservative politicians.
There are of course, good conservatives. I feel I am a good Liberal. All the good liberal and all the good conservatives are good citizens. I know the debate between us, any debate about policies that will affect our nation, such as where to take our decaying health care system etc- should be about our thoughts on policies that will affect our nation - a specific religion should not enter into the political equation. It can only be used as a tool of distraction. If we begin to debate about things that really matter- as Senator Obama will do but having many differing opinions in his cabinet, not just his own, we will begin to rebuild this country together. And rebuild it into the best that our collective minds can come up with.
Bible excerpts taken from The Bible on the Poor
Authored by Luna Mariem