When Jesus announced his mission on earth he declared that he had come to bring good news to the poor (Luke 4:18). The Christian Right brings bad news to the poor. You are poor because you were born in the wrong place, to inferior parents, of an unblessed color, lacking a superior IQ, devoid of desirable skills, and lazy. If God favored you, you would not have been denied prenatal care, health care, endorsed diets, equal education, equal opportunity, entitlement to a lavish inheritance. If God didn’t like you, why should those whom God favored like you?
Jesus asked his followers not to pray in public (Matt. 6: 5, 6). The Christian right demands prayer in schools and other public places.
Jesus told his followers to do their charitable deeds in private (Matt. 6: 1-4). The Christian right requires taxpayers to provide money to churches so that churches can provide charity to publicize their name and their good deeds.
Jesus said, don’t lay up treasures on earth (Matt. 6:19). The Christian Right covets treasures in Wall Street, cash in Goldman Sachs, and so many mansions they can’t remember how many they have.
Jesus said love your enemies (Matt. 5:44). The Christian Right says their enemies are God’s enemies.
Jesus said pray for your enemies (Matt. 5:44), but not in public to be seen by others. The Christian Right prays that God will turn their enemies into dust or at least salt (Gen.19:29).
Jesus said anyone who divorced a spouse and married another lived an adulterous lifestyle, (Matt: 19.9). The Christian Right says that divorce and remarriage is not ideal but all have sinned and divorce isn’t a threat to family. However, the homosexual lifestyle is an abomination to God and a threat to family.
Jesus told his followers to pay taxes to Caesar despite Caesar’s desire for empire and divinity (Matt. 22:21). The Christian Right tells their followers that taxes are for suckers, soldiers and other working poor, and that the government must be starved until it has power to limit personal freedom but not corporate control.
Jesus said Mary did the right thing by sitting with the men and studying religion (Luke 10:38-42). The Christian right believes Martha was right, fulfilling her Christian duty to serve and clean up after men. And keep her opinions to herself.
Jesus said you can’t serve God and Money (Matt. 6: 24). The Christian Right says you must first serve Money, and when you have all the Money you want then you can use it to serve God.
Jesus said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven (Luke 18:25). The Christian Right says their riches are a sign of God’s favor and they can corner the market on camels and stick the needle in the camel-driver’s eye.
Jesus told a rich man that to be saved he must sell all he had and give the money to the poor (Matt. 19:21. The Christian Right accuse Jesus of interfering with their religious freedom.
Jesus said those who do not care for the poor, the hungry, the sick, and undocumented strangers are doomed to the same place as Satan and his angels (Matt: 25: 31-46). The Christian Right says that is immoral, unconstitutional, Socialist, Communist, and probably Methodist.
Jesus said to fear nothing (Luke 12:32-34) because he was with us always (Matt: 8: 20). The Christian Right says there is much to fear and Jesus is of little help. We must have the mightiest military to keep us strong, the richest corporations and financial institutions to keep Mammon on our side, the tightest borders to seal ourselves off from neighbors who want to be like ourselves, the most managed media to close our minds to errant thoughts, the most prisons so that citizens fear freedom. In others.
Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world (John 18:17). The Christian Right says that Jesus’ kingdom is of this world and if voters will give them the power and taxpayers will give them the money, they will make it happen. Without any help from the Almighty.
Maybe Jesus was wrong. Or, maybe the Christian Right should be called the unChristian right.
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