The Pink Flamingo is struggling to come to grips with the teachings of Christ and the new GOP, along with the religious right, pushing them farther and farther away from the Sermon on the Mount and closer to the anti-Christian hatred of Ayn Rand. You cannot embrace the economic philosophy of Ayn Rand and claim to be a Christian. It is utterly impossible. Anyone who thinks that you can is lying to themselves. When you embrace policies that insure the average person is going to suffer, economically, to the point where they are willing to almost indenture themselves to a form of modern economic serfdom, then you are literally making a deal with someone who embraced the very devil.
“…House Republicans let the five-year farm bill expire at the end of September without a new law to replace the massive measure covering billions of dollars in programs, including food stamps and agriculture subsidies. The Senate passed its own bipartisan, 10-year farm bill in June, and House Democrats and farm state Republicans attempted to force the House to consider a bill to replace it. But the GOP leadership steadfastly refused to vote on it. As a result, milk prices could jump as high as $6 to $8 per gallon after Jan. 1, when the government will revert to following antiquated 1949 regulations without a farm bill in place…”
Republicans in the House, in their ill-fated Plan B, decided to leave in all the tax breaks for billionaires. They did, though, decided to cut funding for Meals on Wheels, Food Stamps, and just about anything that might help those in need.
Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?’ And the Lord said, ‘Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says to himself, “My master is delayed in coming”, and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. But one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.”
Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?”
Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’
Matthew 25: 31-46 does not only apply to individuals, but nations.
- I was hungry and you gave me food
- I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink
- I was a stranger and you welcomed me
- I was naked and you gave me clothing
- I was sick and you took care of me
- I was in prison and you visited me
This applies to countries. This is what Christ said:
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left….Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’
- for I was hungry and you gave me no food
- I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink
- I was a stranger and you did not welcome me
- naked and you did not give me clothing
- sick and in prison and you did not visit me
“… The cuts Republicans voted for are typically Draconian in what House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called “common sense spending reforms that reduce our deficit and protect our national security by replacing indiscriminate cuts that are neither strategic nor balanced.” Of particular note are cuts putting 300,000 children off food stamps including reduced or free school lunches, and 300,000 off Medicaid, 1.7 million seniors off programs like Meals on Wheels, cuts for child assistance for 4.4 million children, cuts for 1 million Americans with disabilities, and cuts to child protective services affecting 1.8 million children. America already boasts the second highest rate of children living in poverty, but Republicans have spent no small amount of time and energy in a desperation attempt at knocking off the number one country, Romania, for the most children in poverty. The Republican measure of cutting food stamps, if adopted, would have launched America into the top spot and taken billions-of-dollars out of the economy further weakening recovery….”
15% of our population living in poverty
51 million children go to bed hungry
“…Historians have spent the past 175 years in a “quest for the historical Jesus” and the results, though always less than we would wish, are quite impressive. By carefully comparing the various layers of our New Testament Gospels, as well as other recently discovered texts such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Didache, a generally consistent message that can reliably be traced back to Jesus has emerged. What we have is not the Christ of Paul and the Christian creeds but a Jewish Jesus who proclaimed the imminence of the “reign of God,” calling for a radical overturn of societal structures of power, whether based on political power, wealth, class, or gender. This is the Jesus who pronounced blessings on the poor, the hungry, and the persecuted, and curses upon those with wealth, comfort, and power—while calling for “turning the other cheek,” loving one’s enemies, and doing to others as you would do to yourself. This is the Jesus who summarized true religion as loving God and loving one’s neighbor as oneself. This is the Jesus who rebukes a devotee with the retort, “Why do you call me good, there is one who is good, God?”…”
Yes, this post is terribly preachy. It is intended to be. The Pink Flamingo is having a difficult time understanding the far right, so called-Christians Conservatives who would rather follow a woman who admired a vile murderer, rather than following the Sermon on the Mount.
If the teachings of Christ are true, and I’m staking my eternal soul on them, then the GOP is going to crash and burn. If we aren’t careful, it will bring down this great nation, along with it. You cannot lie, calling yourself a “Christian” and turn your back on those in need. To claim that charity is better than government assistance is simply a lie. Anyone who has ever been in a position of having to seek that sort of charity knows what a lie this is.
Modern day GOP, libertarian, and “Christian” charity is designed to humiliate the person in need. It is designed to make the selfish feel good about not giving a damn about people. It is designed to punish those in need, proving how pathetic and low they are while making the givers look good, and impress God with their Christian generosity.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Are you willing to bet your immortal soul and stand with Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan, Jim DeMint, Rush Limbaugh, the Brothers Koch, and FOX Tabloid News, or are you going to stop and pay attention to what Christ taught? Are you brave enough to do so?