The Wealthy and Christianity

I find it impossible, as a logical thinker, to reconcile the fact that many wealthy Americans, primarily Republicans, overwhelmingly claim to be Christians, and also overwhelmingly, no matter how massive their accumulated fortune, take such issue with spreading their wealth around, when it comes to ensuring the well-being of the working class who has made them rich by working for them for low wages and little or no benefits, while paying ever increasing amounts for their products and services.

The GOP, while professing Christianity almost to the total exclusion of other faiths, flying it as a banner like it is our national religion, do not represent many, if any at all, of the characteristics of the man that their supposed faith is allegedly based upon.

Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible was not greedy or stingy. He did not even believe in accumulating wealth beyond what one needed to survive and live in harmony with others and with God. He did not try to have more than he needed, nor would he have, especially at the expense of others. Jesus shared with his disciples, as well as the public at large. He wasn’t stingy with the loaves and fishes his father blessed him with. He never said “this is mine, I earned it, get your own you lazy bums!”.

Jesus Christ would be more accurately described as a Socialist Democrat than as a Capitalist Republican.

I am sure that this statement angers many people, but if any of them read on, perhaps some of them will be able to wrap their indoctrinated minds around the simple truth of what I am saying here…

I listen to John McCain and Sarah Palin and FoxNews and other Republicans in the media complain about how Barack Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes on the stable, comfortable, wealthy instead of on the already struggling poor and middle classes. I hear them complain about how Obama wants to “spread the wealth” or “share the wealth” or “raise my taxes”, and how he is a “socialist”.

It’s more than a little hypocritical that I didn’t hear any of them complaining when the rich Republicans in charge of the government and the corporations decided that taxpayers should bail them out (SOCIALISM) with a trillion dollars.

I guess, to them, that the Christian way is socialism for the rich but capitalism for the poor?

This is not only very obvious revisionist history, which is unethical, and makes them seem very irrational, not standing up to literary investigation of their proclaimed beliefs, but is morally shameful according to their own bible, which states at the end that it is the word of God and should be altered by no man, which I would assume also means that Jesus and other characters from the books should not be misrepresented.

If Republicans want to be taken seriously when calling themselves Christians, then they should act more as Jesus Christ would.

A popular slogan of modern Christians is W.W.J.D.?, meaning “What Would Jesus Do?”

If Jesus, were a small business owner, or even a corporate executive or share-holder, what would he do?

Would Jesus keep lowering his workers wages and benefits until many of them couldn’t afford their rents and mortgages, their cars, the gas to get to work, food for their families, and health care, while he enjoyed the luxuries of multiple mansions, sports/luxury cars, the finest cuisine, and practically any health care he could possibly ever need?

Would Jesus want the poor to pay the majority of taxes, while his tax attorneys and bank manager buddies figured out loopholes in the law so that he could make millions and billions but only pay tiny percentages while his workers paid 15, 25, 30% of their income to support an infrastructure that they themselves are too impoverished to fully benefit from?

Jesus would not do any of the things listed above. Most Republicans who claim to be Christian would. This means that they either don’t understand what it means to be a Christian, or they do and don’t care and are lying when they say that they are Christians.

Jesus was a brown skinned man with curly brown hair who lived in the middle east, and spread a message of peace, love, understanding, humility, and simple living.

Would Jesus be happy to learn that rich white men with blonde hair and blue eyes had redesigned him as the poster child of rich white people who view poor people and brown people as problems, illegal immigrants, and terrorists?

What Would Jesus Not Do?

Jesus would not vote for a Republican.

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I am a logical, open-minded, liberal, progressive, radical, green, independent individual living in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, amongst apparently brainwashed conservative southern Baptist Republican zombies. I'm tired of the lies of the government and their media mouthpieces and their corporate masters. I'm tired of the cheating and the stealing and the killing. I'm ready for the future. But the only way we are going to fix things is to all band together and say NO MORE! We have to start punishing the rich white collar criminals as harshly as the poor black blue-collar criminals, if not more so. And I'm tired of cults (AKA religions). They are dangerous, divisive, and delusional. We should evolve past religions towards a global humanitarian ethics. We should move away from a new world order and get back to city states with local democracy, power, food, and water.

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