March 06, 2011

Christians reject Christ's message

Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus

By Phil ZuckermanThe results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life ( reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus. It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.

Jesus unambiguously preached mercy and forgiveness. These are supposed to be cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of the death penalty, draconian sentencing, punitive punishment over rehabilitation, and the governmental use of torture. Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. And yet Evangelicals are the group of Americans most supportive of easy-access weaponry, little-to-no regulation of handgun and semi-automatic gun ownership, not to mention the violent military invasion of various countries around the world. Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of wealth was inimical to the Kingdom of God, that the rich are to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one's money to the poor. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of corporate greed and capitalistic excess, and they are the most opposed to institutional help for the nation's poor--especially poor children. They hate anything that smacks of "socialism," even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. They despise food stamp programs, subsidies for schools, hospitals, job training--anything that might dare to help out those in need. Even though helping out those in need was exactly what Jesus urged humans to do. In short, Evangelicals are that segment of America which is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while simultaneously claiming to be most ardent lovers of the Prince of Peace.
Homophobic?  Re-Read Your Bible

By Peter J. GomesReligious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant. Such intolerance, in the name of virtue, is ruthless and uses political power to destroy what it cannot convert.

It is dangerous, especially in America, because it is anti-democratic and is suspicious of "the other," in whatever form that "other" might appear. To maintain itself, fundamentalism must always define "the other" as deviant.

But the chief reason that fundamentalism is dangerous is that, at the hands of the Rev. Pat Robertson, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and hundreds of lesser-known but equally worrisome clerics, preachers and pundits, it uses Scripture and the Christian practice to encourage ordinarily good people to act upon their fears rather than their virtues.

Fortunately, those who speak for the religious right do not speak for all American Christians, and the Bible is not theirs alone to interpret. The same Bible that the advocates of slavery used to protect their wicked self-interests is the Bible that inspired slaves to revolt and their liberators to action.
Comment:  Zuckerman's comments apply to more than just evangelical Christians. Not to all Christians, certainly, but to many Christians across the board. Although liberal Christians are sometimes at fault, conservative Christians are more often to blame, since they're most likely to support the policies listed above.

Someone reading through my website recently asked why I "hate Christians." I don't hate Christians, I hate liars and hypocrites. You know, people like Bryan Fischer, the "Christian" who hates gays, Muslims, and Indians. Anyone who actually follows Jesus's teachings about peace and love is fine with me. There just aren't many people like that among today's Christians.

Needless to say, it's this Christian hypocrisy that led to the invasion, conquest, and near-extermination of Native Americans. The conquerors were breaking Jesus's commandments and knew it. That's why priests denounced them at the time and why some of them were arrested for their crimes. They were violating God's law which often coincided with man's law.

For more on the subject, see Fischer Defends Pro-Genocide Column, Capitalism Killed the Indians, and "Product of His Time" = Rationalization.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And of course Jesus was a victim of the death penalty. It's the climax of the whole Bible!

I think the Evangelical Bible consists of Leviticus 18:22 and the Apocalypse of John the Divine. Many Evangelicals relish in the latter. They actually describe their support for Israel in terms of bringing about the End Times.