Here’s some great advise for Conservatives (we need not use the term “Religious Conservatives” any longer, the word “Religious” is implied if not flat-out stated by virtually every Conservatuve I’ve listened to or read for the past several years. The very term “Conservative” has been corrupted and redefined; Conservative no longer stands for ‘smaller government and free trade, it stands for “In God We Trust.”
The following is is a quote from a Fox News opinion piece. The title of the piece: “Jesus hates religion. He really does” is rather shocking considering it was written by Dr. Alex Himaya, the founding and Senior Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America: theCHURCH at BattleCreek, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Here’s the quote:
“I think we as Christians have a reputation as conversation stoppers. When we engage people on the other side of an issue, most of the time, the conversation doesn’t end the way we want it to. It (either) gets stopped short or our side of the issue ends up being misrepresented. And that’s largely our fault. We prefer to be heard, as opposed to actually listening. We want the benefit of the doubt, but we’re reluctant to give it. Instead, we lead with our idea of what’s right and wrong, in our belief, instead of leading with love.
The best way to stop a conversation short is by being judgmental and ‘religious.’ By that, I mean we come off as confrontational and condemning, rather than relational and loving.”
It happened just the other day when Dave Bratt beat out Eric Cantor for his seat in the House of Representatives. Here’s the lead-in for information about Dave Bratt from the New York Daily News: “Bratt, 49, casts himself as a Ronald Reagan conservative with a deep suspicion of government power. He’s also a devout Christian whose win demonstrated how “God acted through people on my behalf.” (What a conceited, obnoxious statement!)
Apparently ‘Dave the Bptist’ feels that the secret to his success is Divine Mind Control: i.e., God’s will was to have Christian/Baptist Dave Bratt beat out the man who the Jerusalem Press (http://jpupdates.com/2014/06/10/breaking-news-jewish-republican-congress-defeated-primary/) pointedly calls “the only Jewish House Republican”, Eric Cantor. (Who would have thought that God would hold a grudge that long.)
Okay, I’m just having a bit of fun poking fun at Dave Bratt but I don’t want to get too far away from the point of this post and that is:
The apparent underlying message in virtually every Conservative speech in recent years seems to be: Only Christians have morals, only Christians ‘do the right thing’ in regards toward their actions and attitudes to their fellow man.
Here’s a News Flash: Morality came along centuries before Christianity and you can be sure that anywhere you went in those BC days you would find kind, gentle and honest people who happened to worship idols, superstitions, animals, trees and anything else you might imagine including rock formations. In spite of what Conservatives seem to insist, the Christian religion does not have a “lock” on morality.
I’m NOT saying that Bratt’s Christian morals will in any way make him less of a great public servant or that there is anything wrong with Christian morals, what I’m saying is it’s stupid for Conservatives to take a public stance that implies that only Christian Conservatives can be trusted or, beyond that, that there is any logical link between being a Christian and being a Conservative (or a Liberal for that matter.) Who or what you worship has no guaranteed effect on your behavior or attitudes; who you REALLY ARE under your ‘holy garment’, where the ‘rubber meets the road,’ is all that really counts.
It may be a cheap shot but I can’t help being reminded of the countless number of children who have been molested and corrupted by men and women who wear those ‘holy garments’ while publicly proclaiming that they are servants of God.