I think perhaps it is time for a primer on what it means to be a Christian. The past few GOP debates have been an utterly repulsive commentary on the vile rot that is eating away at the GOP and conservatives. We have managed to forget that there are things more important than debt, balanced budgets, and government spending.
Let’s start with the basics: Deus caritas est
“…In Christian theology charity, or love (agapē), means an unlimited loving-kindness toward all others. The term should not be confused with the more restricted modern use of the word charity to mean benevolent giving….”
1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant
5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.