Someone once said:
“…In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
““It is called the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ That is probably one of the most powerful statements ever made. It is divine in its orientation, and it is probably something that would serve us all well if we thought about it at moments such as this.”
I have another little quote for you:
““Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him.”
Yea, Christ said it (Mark 12:17). Want to know what caused the statement?
“Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.” And they brought one. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.”
If you really want to follow the teachings of Christ, then all these little tea partiers who are damning Lindsey are the ones who are wrong.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Think about it.
Want to squirm a little more?
In the same chapter, we find the following:
“One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.”
He also said:
“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.“
The Pink Flamingo has been telling you that the current libertarian trend is not good. There is something almost evil about it. Never before have I ever heard the right demonize a Republican for quoting Christ.
Lindsey Graham is a good man, a devout Christian, and someone so full of honor, he makes those who denigrate him look like the petty little jerks that they are.
Ayn Rand on virtue, etc:
“…Ayn Rand held that her morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists—and in a single choice: to live. That the rest proceeds from these. That to live, man must hold three fundamental values that one develops and achieves in life: Reason, Purpose and Self-Esteem. A value is “that which one acts to gain and/or keep … and the virtue[s] [are] the act[ions] by which one gains and/or keeps it.” The primary virtue in Objectivist ethics is rationality, as Rand meant it “the recognition and acceptance of reason as one’s only source of knowledge, one’s only judge of values and one’s only guide to action.” These values are achieved by passionate and consistent action and the virtues are the policies for achieving those fundamental values. Ayn Rand describes seven virtues: rationality, productiveness, pride, independence, integrity, honesty and justice. The first three represent the three primary virtues that correspond to the three fundamental values, whereas the final four are derived from the virtue of rationality. She claims that virtue is not an end in itself, that virtue is not its own reward or sacrificial fodder for the reward of evil, that life is the reward of virtue—and happiness is the goal and the reward of life. Man has a single basic choice: to think or not, and that is the gauge of his virtue. Moral perfection is an unbreached rationality—not the degree of your intelligence, but the full and relentless use of your mind, not the extent of your knowledge, but the acceptance of reason as an absolute…”
There is one huge difference in the teachings of the libertarian god, Ayn Rand, and the teachings of Christ.
“…No one would have been angrier about this claim, and no one confirms its truth more profoundly, than Ayn Rand. Few fellow creatures have had a more intensely odd personal flavor; her temperament could have neutered an ox at 40 paces. She was proud, grouchy, vindictive, insulting, dismissive, and rash. (One former associate called her “the Evel Knievel of leaping to conclusions.”) But she was also idealistic, yearning, candid, worshipful, precise, and improbably charming. She funneled all of these contradictory elements into Objectivism, the home-brewed philosophy that won her thousands of Cold War–era followers and that seems to be making some noise once again in our era of bailouts and tea parties. (Glenn Beck and Ron Paul are Rand fans; Alan Greenspan, once a member of her inner circle, had his faith in the market’s rationality shaken by the crash.)….lthough she claimed that “one must never attempt to fake reality in any manner,” she repeatedly withheld or distorted facts to feed her own mythology. (When she died, in 1982, none of her followers even knew her real name.) She carried on an increasingly toxic sexual affair with a married disciple 25 years her junior; when he had his own affair with a younger woman, Rand slapped him, excommunicated him, and falsely accused him of embezzlement. Her special brand of reasoning led her to some unreasonably ugly positions—e.g., that homosexuality is “disgusting” (which caused gay Objectivists to pretend to be straight); that Native Americans, having failed for millennia to create a heroically productive capitalist society, deserved to be stripped of their land; that women are ideally “hero worshippers” who should submit themselves, body and soul, to great men. ..”
As usual the Far Right has on their Hate Lindsey smiley face. I don’t know how far this has gone, but it isn’t about the GOP, it is about the losertarian Ron Paul Bot, John Bircher, Glenn Beck, and John Tanton bunch – not REAL Republicans. It wouldn’t matter if Lindsey were channeling Ronald Reagan, which he does half the time. It is about hating a man who has spoken out against Ron Paul and Glenn Beck. It isn’t about Christian, honor, or decency. It is about the Losertarian Hatred of Lindsey Graham.
Take the latest American Spectator column by W. James Antle III (which is why I do not subscribe to AAmerican Spectator). Antle is a libertarian. Libertarians hate Lindsey. As usual Antle spreads the libertarian lies about Lindsey. He has also written for Vdare? What viable publication allows anyone connected with Vdare to write for them. Oops, I forgot, Michelle Malkin writes for Vdare.
“…Antle is a senior editor for Enter Stage Right and a columnist for OpinioNet, American Daily, Intellectual Conservative, Mens’ News Daily, The Reality Check, WEBCommentary.com and The Patriotist in addition to The American Partisan. His work has also appeared in National Review Online, The American Spectator Online, The American Conservative, Tech Central Station, FrontPage Magazine, VDARE, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Capitalism Magazine, Brainwash, Razormouth, the Laissez Faire City Times, the Libertarian Enterprise, Washington Dispatch, Etherzone, Toogood Reports, the Milford Daily News, Political USA, Liberty Free Press, ConEye, the Sierra Times and CommonConservative.com, among other publications. His writing has been linked to by such high-traffic sites as RushLimbaugh.com, WorldNet Daily, Andrew Sullivan and LewRockwell.com. He has been quoted several times in The Federalist, The Internet’s Conservative Journal of Record, and on-air by Rush Limbaugh….”
The latest hate is because Lindsey had the audacity to quote from the New Testament. I don’t mind Lindsey quoting Christ. I happen to know that Lindsey is a dedicated Christian who lives his life according to the teachings of Christ. I can’t say the same for the far right who would rather hate than do anything else.
This is the worst pile-on of far right irrational hatred I’ve ever seen. It is disgusting, vile, nasty, and ugly. It has not place in the conservative world. Unfortunately it is simply more proof that the current libertarian spin that is being spoon fed to the willing brain dead is NOT good nor moral. It is lacking in human decency.
THE GREATEST SERMON – EVER
“‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’
He also told them a parable: ‘Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye”, when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.”
IT IS QUITE SIMPLE
The far right is experimenting with their love affair with Ayn Rand, a very screwed up excuse of a person. Libertarians base their entire philosophy on her. One can either be a libertarian or can accept the Judeo-Christian world view. You cannot be a conservative and be a libertarian. The simple act of being a conservative is simply incompatible with a view of abject selfishness.