A couple of weeks ago I wrote comments on my blog regarding an article written by David Servant advising Christians how to vote.
He was advocating what I call a “one issue” assessment of candidates – where the candidate’s views on abortion were the sole deciding factor. It’s a view I don’t support because it makes too much room for exploitation.
It’s easy for candidates to profess a stand against abortion (and increase their “evangelical” support”) when they know they’ll never be in a position to legislate against it.
I believe there is more wisdom in viewing the WHOLE policy package, through which we get a better idea of candidates and their REAL agenda.
Today Servant has posted follow up teaching where he answers some of the objections I made on my blog. Sadly I see him merely writing in favour of some of the worst political attitudes promoted by American politicians from the far right*.
The way I read it, he compares taxation with theft and suggests that the unemployed are merely lazy (or at least implies that a large number are).
I see a degree of irony in one of statements in the quote above, about “people who want to hold slaves… who want others to work so that they don’t have to”.
Surely such a description more aptly describes the wealthy who increase their (sometimes inherited) riches NOT by working themselves, but by using others to do the work for them while paying them as little as possible, even if it’s less than a living wage.
Servant also suggests that such low wage jobs are only a temporary situation that people use as a stepping stone to better paid jobs.
What those views don’t take into account is the fact that many are working multiple jobs and STILL can’t make a living wage and will never have the opportunity to move into better paid jobs that don’t actually exist.
Personally I find those kind of attitudes cater to making the rich richer but do nothing to create opportunities for the underprivileged to survive and lift themselves from poverty.
The idea of “trickle down” has been proven not to work by the clear evidence of the ever-growing inequity between rich and poor. While there are probably a few exceptions, for the most part the rich DON’T use their wealth to benefit others, even their employees who help to create that wealth. Those employees are too often an expendable resource, easily cut to “increase” productivity and are the first to be sacrificed when a decision is made to reduce costs.
Personally I find those kind of right wing attitudes offer more encouragement and support to the worship of mammon than the worship of God.
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court.
Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong.
See here to read my previous post on this topic, where I express my original concerns about Servant’s voting advice :
* The views of American politicians isn’t my concern – but how professing Christians respond to those views IS; especially when those views and the politics behind them are presented as representative of Godly ideals.