Jesus and the Right

Posted: November 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

As a Christian, I find the current enthralment the religious right has with politics to be troublesome. The worst thing to happen to Christianity was Constantine declaring it the state religion. This was in diametric opposition to Jesus’ claim that his kingdom was not of this earth; indeed, for hundreds of years, the Church wisely steered clear of involvement in earthly politics. After Constantine, the Church-state became horribly corrupt, licentious, and depraved. There were always pockets of resistance, a “remnant”, if you will, who remained true to the Gospel, and not everything the Catholic Church did was bad, but over all, the damage to the testimony of Jesus Christ was irreparable. I think this is because whenever Christians get involved in worldly affairs, they end up either compromising their beliefs or wanting to institute some sort of theocracy, where they NEVER compromise on their “beliefs”. If Jesus tells them that a certain highway funding bill is bad, no amount of cajoling or pleading will do any good. Roy Moore is a perfect example of this. From a letter by one of Moore’s law professors, himself a conservative Christian:

“Roy Moore did not get along with his colleagues in law school or on the Supreme Court. The arguments were not over Christianity.

“In law school, the arguments arose from what Disraeli called ‘falling into a deep groove of illogic and being helpless to allow reason to pull you out.’ If Moore’s analysis of a case was tantamount to thinking 1 + 1 = 3, and his classmates reasoned otherwise, there was no backing down by Moore. The class was willing to fight to the death against illogic that no legal mind but one in America would espouse.

“Moore never won one argument, and the debates got ugly and personal. The result: gone was the fulfillment a teacher hopes for in the still peace of logic and learning. I had no choice but to abandon the Socratic method of class participation in favor of the lecture mode because of one student: Roy Moore.

“As Chief Justice, Moore continued that trend. He violated years of precedent, established by Jefferson, who once wrote that he only hoped he could serve our country like Christ wanted him to. Yet, Jefferson fought to ingrain the principle of religious freedom in our Constitution, at a time of state-sponsored churches and religious persecution.If you were Baptist, your taxes supported other churches and you often were persecuted. If Moore’s actions were lawful, a chief justice could flaunt Islamic or Buddhist icons in schools and authorize probate judges to deny marriage licenses to scarf-less women, as contrary to Sharia law.

“His colleagues tried to reason with him, but he couldn’t get it: the world experience, backed by an ocean of blood soaking battlefields across our earth-and religious wars were not ancient events during Jefferson’s times-proves that the way to run a country is with tolerance. Do we need God in America? Absolutely. Let Moore devote his life to converting every American to Christianity-I’m for that-and that still does not eliminate the risk of persecution, unless all are members of the same church. Baptists could be persecuted, just like they were before our constitution. Christian men smarter than Moore, including titans such as Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison, would use a far sharper pen in dealing with Moore.” A lesson on Roy Moore from his former law school professor

as Bryan Roberts wrote in Relevant Magazine:

“Political discourse is the Las Vegas of Christianity—the environment in which our sin is excused. Hate is winked at, fear is perpetuated and strife is applauded. Go wild, Christ-follower. Your words have no consequences here. Jesus doesn’t live in Vegas.

“Not only are believers excused for their political indiscretions, but they are often applauded for committing them. Slander is explained away as righteous anger; winning arguments are esteemed higher than truthful ones (whether or not the ‘facts’ align); and those who stir up dissension are given the pulpit. So I balk when pastors tell me the Church should engage in the political process. Why would we do that? The political process is dirty and broken and far from Jesus. Paranoia and vitriol are hardly attractive accessories for the bride of Christ.” 7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics

Finally, a prophetic word from Barry Goldwater:

Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.

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