Christian financial hypocrisy in politics
I try not to get too political on this site. But, I wanted to share some research I recently did. While crushing a moron trying to tell me that Stalin killed millions of people because he was an atheist, I pointed out to him how Jesus was much more a communist that a capitalist. Which, makes me wonder, how are there so many blind Christians who support the Republican Party (fiscally) when the bible clearly commands them to do otherwise?
The extension of the Bush Era Tax Cuts has been in the news a lot lately. I happen to be one of those people that think extending them for the middle class and cutting them for the richest 2% is ok… and the financially responsible thing to do considering our economic struggles as a country. Even is you disagree with me, please read on. We all know that the majority or Republicans identify as Christian and the politicians try very hard to keep the evangelical vote, which is very strong in the United States. These same people constantly vote to bailout big banks with tax payer money, give giant tax breaks to major corporations, and keep the tax rate for the richest 2% of Americans lower than it’s been in decades! It begs the question… HWJV – “How Would Jesus Vote”?
Let’s look at some verses and you tell me:
Bible:NT:Mat:19:23-24 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Bible:NT:Ja:2:5-6 “Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court?”
Bible:NT:Ja:5:1 “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.”
Bible shows that if you want to be real believer, you must resign your possessions to poor and have common property, like communists and planned:
Bible:NT:Lu:12:33 “Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”
Bible:NT:Mar:10:21-22 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
Bible:NT:Ac:2:44-45 And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.
I think the evidence is pretty clear. Jesus would support high taxes on the rich and a much more socialist agenda than the GOP claims Obama is trying to push. However, many right-wingers (including my mother) still vote Republican based on moral choices like abortion. Realistically, neither party is going to do anything for or against abortion anymore. Any person voting Republican purely on the hope that they will be making ALL abortions illegal is wasting their vote. So, what can they affect while in their terms as Congressmen and Senators? Well, a lot… mostly financial!
If Christians would just read their bibles a little closer, and vote based on taxes and wealth distribution, they could only make one choice – NOT REPUBLICAN. For the rest of us non-believers, we just want to help people and do as much good as we can while we are here. Allowing the rich to keep so much more of their money than they need while people around them suffer for lack of a few hundred dollars seems inhumane. It’s easily fixable… it just floors me that the ones that get in the way of change the most are the ones who base their lives off the teachings of a man (or a myth) who was so much more compassionate than they pretend to be!