Republican Party Versus Jesus (Part 1).

Here is the sermon on the mount, Jesus’ moral instructions to his followers.  Lets see how well it stacks up to the self-proclaimed christian party:

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

   2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

   3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

   4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

   5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

   6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

   7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 

 

 

(actual ad run by the republican party)

   8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

   9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

   10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

   11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

   12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

   13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

   14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

   15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

   16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

  

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

   18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

   19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

   20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

   21Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

   22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

   23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

   24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

   25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

   26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

 

  27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

   28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

   29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

   30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

   31It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

   32But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

   33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

   34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

   35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

   36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

   37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

   38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

   39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

   40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

   41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

   42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

 

 

   43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

   44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

   45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

   46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

   47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

   48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Should I make a part 2?

Rec’ if you think I should.

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21 Responses to Republican Party Versus Jesus (Part 1).

  1. MagisterTom says:

    I, as a Christian, don’t support either party. Both parties go against things I believe. I tend to side conservative.That being said, Jesus does tell Christians to give to the poor and needy, but He doesn’t say for governments to do it for us. The same goes for many of the things the Democrats think government should do for the people. Paul’s command regarding the poor in 2nd Thessalonians 3, I believe, explains a lot about the poor and needy though. People who are too lazy to get a job aren’t the poor and needy, when they start missing meals they’ll look for work.Many Christians don’t support the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. In fact many of us are outright opposed to them, hold to the just war theory, or oppose Christian involvement in war altogether. Unfortunately, one very large Christian denomination did support those two wars. I think this is largely due to their misunderstanding of some theological issues, but that is an issue that is too long to get into in this comment.As for the fighting persecution, and fighting the debates about “In God We Trust” and “Christmas,” they are different things. I don’t consider either of those things persecution, in fact, I don’t care about either of those things all that much, and I wish “In God We Trust” would be removed from the US currency. If the US wants to claim to trust in God they need to be specific about which god it is, and then seek to follow the religious text of that chosen religion. I think there are some cases of real persecution, but they are fewer and rarely made all that public.The last thing I’ll address is the Herman Cain picture and the reference to choosing adulterers, or other known sinners, for office. People choose based on who runs, if the candidates had cleaner lives Christians would hopefully choose the ones who are seemingly more moral than the others and in particular those who show clear evidence of a faith in Christ. The Republican party isn’t the Christian party, but they are the party that pays lip service to the things most Christians value most and seem to prefer a more limited government and capitalistic society that is more compatible with Scripture.I’d be all for a part two. Though, I would prefer not to see a dead body or blood smears in it.

  2. This is so excellent. I wonder how Bachmann was accounted in the “wives per GOP candidate”? Does she bring the number down?

  3. Appreciated the Bible reading. But I found the political propaganda to be too distracting so I finished reading on BibleGateway.

  4. moss_icon says:

    @MagisterTom – That being said, Jesus does tell Christians to give to the poor and needy, but He doesn’t say for governments to do it for us.”Governments represent the people (at least that is the idea) and are comprised of “the people” so what is the difference, really? The whole point of government (again, in theory) is to act on behalf of the people in matters that stretch beyond the power of the individual. If the people are following said teachings of giving to the poor and needy, the government surely should follow suit. 

  5. agnophilo says:

    @MagisterTom – In a democratic country you are the government.  Your logic is like saying “sure jesus said to help the poor, but they didn’t have paper money in biblical times so…”And not having a job doesn’t make someone lazy, nor does starvation make someone magically get a job.  It does make people die pretty quickly though.  Your apathy is not only anti-christian, but truly nauseating.  Christians like you are the reason the republican party is in the way it is.@GodlessLiberal – She was probably balanced out by romney.@Kristenmomof3 – : )@randomneuralfirings – It was so nice of you to stop by and let me know you blew off the blog though, I really appreciate it.@moss_icon – As I think george bernard shaw or mark twain once said, no man can ever be convinced the bible means what it says, it always says what they mean.

  6. jaydedheart says:

    Cool, now can you do a matching one for the Democratic Party(make that part 2, perhaps)? Maybe just words against actions, sinse we’re not tying them to a Holy Book, per se.

  7. YouToMe says:

    I love the scripture you used here, Mark

  8. agnophilo says:

    @jaydedheart – The blog was largely about hypocrisy – the democrats don’t generally tout their religiosity.  Though they do generally favor mercy (anti-death penalty, anti-torture, anti-war), generally try to help the poor, help the sick (“obamacare”) etc.  Are you saying I should do part 2 on how democrats don’t or do do these things?@YouToMe – And the font, don’t forget the font : P  (I kid)

  9. The Sermon on the Mount has nothing to do with instructions. Theologically it is called the “Beatific Vision”.It also has nothing to do with politics. So one can only conclude that you are trying to use the Jesus to demonize people you don’t agree with.Richly ironic to say the least.

  10. jaydedheart says:

    @agnophilo – I know, and you did a good job, in some cases an exceptional job, providing examples of how it doesn’t jive to be Christian and Republican. In terms of the Democrats and a Part 2, i was certainly thinking along the lines how they don’t live up to their platform(or projected/assumed platform, as many people thought Obama was anti-war, for example, but during his campaign he clearly made statements the opposite).

  11. agnophilo says:

    @homealivein45 – So I’m an asshole because religious people have invented themselves a theological language where “do this, this and this and don’t do that” isn’t giving moral instruction?  And because political acts are apparently immune from moral criticism (I guess by your standard hitler was a christian after all).  Thank you for coming on my blog and illustrating my point better than I could by shitting on me for speaking out against hypocrisy, the one thing jesus probably preached against more than anything.  You’re such a good christian.@jaydedheart – Most democrats were against the war but for the occupation once we’d destroyed their infrastructure and defenses.  Like being against burning someone’s house down but for building them a new one after it’s already been burnt to the ground.  Once the “shock and awe” has already been done, the moral paradigm shifts and leaving potentially does more harm.

  12. YouToMe says:

    Har har. :)Ps i got paid in nick of time bc chars step mom died and they are leaving for funeral possibly tonight.

  13. Awesome and depressing, man.

  14. UR_MUSE says:

    sure, make a part 2. 

  15. The GOP disturbs me. Granted, most politicians disturb me. But right now, the GOP disturbs me the most. Excellent post, I think this says it all, but if you do a 2nd, I will gladly read it.

  16. moss_icon says:

    I’m not sure why it would be relevant to do a Democrat one. Democrats generally (I say “generally.” I know some do) do not set themselves up as the party of Christianity. The point of a post like this is to illustrate the hypocrisies of a group who claims to represent Christendom, pushes it as a massive driving force behind their campaigns and yet tends to advocate policies that are in no way in line with said moral and ethical dogma.Democrats may fail at Christianity too. I’m sure they do. But it’s not pertinent cos they don’t make a big song and dance about being ‘Christian,’ in most cases. Generally they keep relegion where it belongs; not in politics.

  17. moss_icon says:

    @agnophilo – you see what he did there? It’s the old religious tact of “if I don’t like the answer I change the question.”

  18. @agnophilo – The Bible has its own meaning. You have assigned another meaning to it only for the purpose of demonizing people you disagree with. Making up fiction and demonizing people with it in the name of religion indicates that you have no real argument to make and that you are guilty of the very thing you criticize others for. Such action is dishonest. The Bible teaches that being willfully dishonest is wrong. The value of the Bible is to understand its true meaning for the purpose of becoming a better, more honest person.

  19. whyzat says:

    @homealivein45 – What is its true meaning and who gets to decide? Isn’t that a sticky wicket?

  20. whyzat says:

    This is a good conversation. Even though I’m not a Christian, I go along with the theory of it. Context is SO important. I think we have to take into consideration the time and conditions in which Jesus spoke. Who translated it from Aramaic to Greek and Greek to Latin and Latin to English (for which people were burned at the stake)? How accurate were they?I believe there was a prophet in the first century who said these things and taught them and wanted them to be so. Most of them are good ideas. Some of them are bad ideas: the statements about women, for instance. So, do you agree with all of it? Some of it? If the answer is some of it, how do you decide?

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