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Christian Hypocrisy From The Religious Right

W.W.J.D.?  How about  what would Jesus say? What would he say about the way we treat the poor, the  homeless, the hungry, the sick, the elderly?

I haven’t gone and gotten all religious on you, I promise. I  was  listening recently to an interview on the radio with a man from the Council of   Churches on poverty. He  reminded me how those on the religious right  use the Bible and specifically the  words of Jesus to defend their  desire to overturn Roe v. Wade and fight against abortion, or to define marriage  between and man and a woman to prevent gay people from marrying.

But what about the issue of those who are suffering? Those  who are in  need? Where are the religious  right on that? Why isn’t it a value or  moral to help a sick child, an elderly  person or someone who is hungry?

The Bible contains over 300 verses dedicated to the poor and  social  injustice. In all of those verses it is clear God is concerned for both;   so why aren’t those who claim to follow him?

Those on the religious right want to defund programs such as  Social  Security, Medicare, welfare, food stamps, healthcare, etc. What I want  to know is: why aren’t these so  called people of God offering their  homes to the homeless, food to the hungry,  a coat to someone who is  poor and cold?

The concept of “it takes a village” was not Secretary  Clinton’s idea;  it originated with the teachings of Jesus. Don’t take my word for it,  read his words.  (In some books they’re in red; that should make it  easier for you.)

With the current cuts in federal programs, more and more  people are  being turned away from shelters, yet at a time when the economy is  bad,  the unemployment rate is high, people keep losing their homes and there   are more people living below the poverty line than in 50 years;  what do we  expect these people, some of whom are children, to do?!

Those in the churches aren’t helping, many church doors are  locked to  these people. When you phone a religious organization asking for  help,  they’ll send you to a shelter; which is government funded, which their   congregation wants to cut the funding for.  See the problem?

And it goes beyond our borders. In the horn of Africa where  there is  severe famine and where children are dying daily, the United States   gives less than we have in the past, thanks to the cuts in funding.

I find it hard not to gag when I read “In God We Trust” on  our  currency when we don’t follow God’s laws.  The religious right will  fight hard to give a tax credit to a rich man,  but doesn’t want to pay  for a blanket for a homeless one. Didn’t the Bible say something about  it being  easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a  rich man to get  into heaven? In America, it’s the other way around. If  you’re rich, it’s like  heaven; if you’re poor, it’s hell.

I was scared and shocked when I agreed with something Pat  Robertson  said recently. He said the right are being too extreme and to tone it   down. He should’ve told the religious right to do something I think  they’ve  stopped doing long ago; read the book they so readily use to  further their  agenda.

By: Leslie Marshall, U. S. News and World Report, October 26, 2011

October 31, 2011 - Posted by | Religion, Social Security | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. No argument from me on this one….. you’re spot on.

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    Comment by the warrioress | October 31, 2011 | Reply


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