It’s always seemed really bizarre that the right-wing, ecumenical Christian folks speak the Scriptures but stand for everything Jesus was against. And nothing he preached. Go figure. Christianity gone wrong. I don’t want to say “phony Christian” but yeah, that’s how I see them. Christ would roll over in his grave and some of their words and actions. That is, if he had a grave.
So when my new Facebook friend, Victoria Cayce, commented on the disconnect between Christ’s words and some Christians’ actions in a very plaintive and articulate post, I asked if I could share it. She kindly agreed. And here it is:
Why is it that when people want their religious beliefs/values mandated by the state, they never pick compassion?
I have never heard of a law based on the words of Jesus about turning the other cheek or going the extra mile or even welcoming the stranger and refugee for that matter. (Which he clearly taught.)
I have never seen legislation hammered home based on the actual things Jesus spoke about.
You do not see Congress pushing laws that DEMAND we feed the hungry, house the homeless, care for the widow and orphan or protect those counted as the least among us.
I am always confused by that. Jesus spent a lot of time with hookers, tax collectors, thieves and outcasts. He fed people. He healed people. He loved them and did not pass judgement on them.
Yet today we hear that people should be kicked off of insurance plans, not given food stamps or even allowed into the country because they were born on the wrong side of an imaginary line.
How does this square with the things he was so obviously passionate about?
Doesn’t the bible say, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—when you already have it with you.” Proverbs 3:27-28
If you REALLY want a Christian nation, shouldn’t mercy be the first thing on your list?
Shouldn’t we be serving each other instead of pushing people away or labeling them?
Did not Jesus teach that people would know his followers by the love them demonstrate? And that the greatest in the kingdom of heaven were not the rich and powerful, but those who washed the feet of the broken and marginalized?
Jesus himself is reported to have said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith…” Matt 23:23
Now please understand, I am not a Christian. And I am NOT trying to bash anyone’s faith.
I am simply pointing out that Jesus taught that the really important stuff was not about rules, but about love.
I do not support any form of religious law that mandates everyone act, dress, or worship a particular way. Worship. Don’t worship. Whatever.
I believe that we all have a right to peacefully choose our own path. I also happen to admire Jesus very much as a teacher. I have sought to emulate his kindness and walk, as he did, in compassion.
The thing is, if Jesus had been born twenty years ago, people would probably decry him as a rabble rousing dirty hipster who hung around with outcasts.
He would likely end up be killed all over again for stepping on the toes of the powerful. He would be decried as someone who wants to redistribute wealth, encourage immigrants to come here with all that talk of welcoming the stranger, or be a pansy for not carrying a gun and talking about loving your enemies.
These are just my thoughts and you are more than welcome to disagree.
Either way, I wish you peace. With much love ~ Victoria Cayce
If you’d like to read more from Victoria, her website can be found HERE.