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Monday, March 19

Monday Sermonette: The Second Commandment Republicans

I just read, The Second Commandment Republicans
by Joe Klein, Time Magazine 3/15/07.
the title must be referring to this:
Matt 22:36-40 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

So we're not talking about this second commandment: "You shall have no other god's before me."

Even if you don't believe in the Judeo-Christian sky god, you can't have a problem with Jesus' exhortation for us to love each other and to look out for each other. It just makes for a better world if people aren't steamrolling each other trying to get rich at any cost or running around accusing each other of sinning against the sky god.

We discover through this article that there are Republican candidates for president (huckabee and brownback) who are more concerned with social justice issues rather than finger pointing at those sinners we should hate (gays, women, the poor, Muslims, Mexicans, liberals, etc) as noted by conservative "christians". Most conservative "christian" republicans couldn't even recite the 10 commandments, let alone follow them, but boy are they quick to tell you that our country was founded on those principals. How hilarious is that?

"Indeed, it was Huckabee who reminded me of Chesterton's lament. "I'm a 'grace' Christian," Huckabee told me over lunch recently, "not a 'law' Christian. The Second Commandment--do unto others--is the basic tenet of my faith. And so I believe that life begins at conception, but I don't believe it ends at birth. I believe we have a responsibility to feed the hungry, to provide a good education, a safe neighborhood, health care ... "
Huckabee ought to clarify for his audiences that he's into the Jesus' commandments, not the Moses commandments or they will be confused. Well they'll be confused anyway because conservative "christians" don't know much about Jesus and the Gospels because you get more wrath for your buck in the OT, the letters of Paul and the Apocalypse.

Klein remarks, "Several weeks ago, I watched Huckabee lose an audience at the National Review's Conservative Summit with his talk of feeding the hungry and health care. "I think he's in the wrong party," a gentleman from Pennsylvania told me."

Indeed! Conservatives hate the poor, the sick and those who don't speak English.
And this:
For Huckabee and Brownback, a moment of biblical temptation looms. Both will be spending most of their time in Iowa, where Republicans have a strong religious bent. Both Robertson and Buchanan have done well there. The temptation will be to slouch back to hellfire and brimstone to unite conservative Christians. It will be an exquisite test of faith for a Second Commandment Christian like Huckabee: Thou Shalt or Thou Shalt Not? Can you win the Iowa caucus without losing your soul?
Are Iowan Republicans a bunch of rich folks who benefited from the tax cuts and war profiteering? It sounds more like they need a preacher who isn't a multi-millionaire.

Conservative "christian" republicans aren't Christian at all. They don't really know or understand Christianity. They know very little about Jesus, even though there are 4 gospels devoted to his teachings. They seem to make stuff up as they go along, without very much deep thought, in order to suit their political interests and they spend more time using the Old Testament and St. Paul for their cues with nary a reference to Jesus- the reason for Christendom. Astounding.

Anyone who really knows the Gospels knows that social justice is the numero uno theme. Jesus talks about helping the poor more than any other topic. If you want to go to heaven, then you act this way,
Matthew 25:35: 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
Most of the above, goes against conservative American values wouldn't you say? How does Gitmo fit in here? And building a wall against Mexicans? And doing away with public schools and social security? And the right to carry a gun so you can shoot people? And yet there it is, in the gospel of Matthew- the key to life. The gospel goes on to tell you who is going to go to hell and it doesn't look good for the conservative christians who ironically are on the left side of God:
Matthew 25: 41"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'

The "faithful" Americans should know better than to accept what religious nonsense is spewed forth by political candidates and leaders of huge corporations that have words like "Christian" or "family" in their titles. A real Christian knows Jesus' teachings and when asked about them, does not quote from Paul's epistles, the Apocalypse and the Old Testament... or worse, Benjamin Franklin who said, "God helps those who help themselves." According to the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), God does not ignore those who are lost at all.
So who is God?

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