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19
Jul
17

Who is the White Evangelicals’ “Christ”?

Despite holding the presidency and having majorities in congress and the senate, the republicans (the white evangelicals’ party of choice) seem to have no ability to deliver anything workable on healthcare. Their only agreement seems to be on their desire to remove “Obamacare”.

During the Obama presidency, while far too many professing Christians were lapping up (and sharing) anti-Obama rhetoric no matter what its source and veracity; one of the complaints that I couldn’t understand was the passionate “Christian” hostility to the idea of affordable health care for all US citizens. Whether or not the so-called “Obamacare” could deliver that wasn’t even the issue. A lot of “Christian” opposition I saw was against the whole idea of making healthcare accessible to those unable to pay for it.

This morning I came across the following, making some interesting observations and claims:

…until recently, most [US] politicians [were] insisting that US healthcare was the best in the world. In reality, the World Health Organisation ranks it 38th, behind Colombia (22nd) and Saudi Arabia (26th) and just above Cuba. The No 1 cause of bankruptcy in the US? Medical debt. And with more than 250,000 deaths a year, medical errors are the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. Obamacare has made things somewhat better, but there are still 27 million people without health insurance because they can’t afford it, and millions more who can’t afford the co-payment on prescriptions.

 

Rightwing Christian fundamentalism has had a devastating effect on women’s health. There’s little care for poor women or children once they’ve been born ; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 other industrialised nations are better than the US at keeping babies alive. Americans who say they are pro-life merely mean they are pro-birth. Republicans want to slash Medicaid – government help for those who cannot afford to pay – which pays for nearly half the births in the US.

 

full article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/14/attack-healthcare-policy-with-comedy-jonathan-lynn-yes-minister 

 

Considering the attitudes I’ve seen expressed by many professing Christians over many years, I have to wonder what kind of “Christ” do they think they are following?

Their “Christ” seems to be very different to the person I read about in scripture; their “Christ” seems more associated with partisan politics and political slogans and labels than in reaching out to the most needy people within society.

05
Nov
16

Conservative Judges and Abortion

One of the main issues driving “evangelical” support of Trump is abortion. The hope (and promise) is that a president Trump will appoint conservative judges who will overturn Roe vs Wade and make abortion illegal again.
But as it was pointed out in an earlier post:

“Conservatives have controlled the court for a good 30+ years and there’s been no movement there on abortion”.

And what seems to be unknown or forgotten today is that Roe vs Wade and the legalising of abortion happened under a conservative, republican President, when a majority of Republican appointed judges in the Supreme Court voted in favour of legalising abortion, and one of the only two opposed was actually a Democrat appointed judge.

(see here for full details: https://vox-nova.com/2008/05/21/are-liberal-judges-to-blame-for-roe-v-wade/ )

This little glimpse at the past confirms the foolishness of supporting a political candidate based on a single issue, in particular an issue like abortion with THAT kind of political history; and its not like Christians haven’t fallen for something like this before:

 Reagan had courted religious conservatives by promising action on their cherished causes: overturning Roe v. Wade, restoring school prayer, and fighting against gay rights and other perceived threats to the traditional family. But once in office, Reagan mostly ignored those issues.

His nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate pro-choice jurist, to the Supreme Court outraged his evangelical supporters

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 http://religionandpolitics.org/2016/10/31/the-religious-rights-power-grab-how-outside-activists-became-inside-operatives/

 

It doesn’t bother me who Americans vote for, or even who Christians vote for. But I am deeply concerned when Christians are drawn to a candidate through a false hope, then support and actively promote him/her through deceptive and manipulative means, such as that mentioned here:

https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/a-lesson-in-deception-and-manipulation/

Not only do such things deceive others; not only do the lies spiritually damage the one using/promoting the lies; they also bring contempt on the Lord’s name, the gospel and the church.

To requote someone referred to in another earlier post: “I don’t know what their gospel looks like anymore”.




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