In the Book of Luke in the King James Bible – – somewhere in the 8th chapter . . . I believe it is verse number 15, there is some talk about how Jesus is comparing good soil to good-hearted and honest people . . the kind of people who hear The Word of God, who cling tenaciously to it and then who go out and spread that Word to others.
Now if there ever was a verse about Christian generosity that one is it in my opinion.
Please notice that those people who receive some of the richest gifts imaginable are prone to be led by The Holy Spirit to share them with others rather than being tempted to store them up selfishly to themselves.
Obviously this verse is not speaking about Conservatives . . . especially the kind of conservatives that litter the political landscape in America today.
If the contemporary conservative gets hold of something that is especially good and if it is something the like a lot they have this tendency to hang onto whatever it is – – to try and figure out how they can get hold of more of it – – and then they start thinking about ways they can get all of whatever it is. To share the good things they have amassed for themselves with others? Rare! Very Rare among that kind!
In fact aren’t they the very ones who work their asses off trying to figure out ways to keep others less fortunate than themselves from getting any of the good things of this life?
Isn’t that what motivates them to vote down funding for government programs that provide any measure of relief to the needy so they can horde the funds that might have been thus used up so they can give themselves and their rich counterparts newer and ever-bigger tax breaks and incentives to horde more up for themselves and then to ship their profit offshore to keep from having to pay taxes on it?
Prove to me there is any Christianity in that kind of mentality and I will eat a handful of dirt.
I won’t really eat the dirt – – but it is kind of fun to say it.
Selfishness, no matter how somebody might try to explain it away or no matter how hard they might try to justify it is in no way, shape, fashion or form anywhere near a Christian virtue and the so-called “Christian Conservatives” who act like this are lying about their religion or they are practicing a form of Christianity that Jesus would never recognize.
But they are master revisionists so just maybe that is what they have done: Maybe they have rewritten the scriptures in their own minds to make them say whatever makes them comfortable . . . or more wealthy than ever.
Maybe Jesus’ mission on earth was to make right wing assholes rich!
Yeah, that’s it!
I think some of them actually believe this to be true.
They sure as Hell act like it sometimes don’t they?
The sad truth is that when a lot of radical right wing pretend-to-be conservatives who are also pretend-to-be christians talk about The Bible or about Jesus they are blowing off about things they have no clue about.
I think it is kind of like The Devil.
The Devil knows scripture in and out and round about – – He knows scripture verbatim – – He can quote the Bible like an Angel – – but in all truth, the Devil has no idea about what the Scriptures He can spout so easily means – – none at all. To Him the Bible is just a crazy book of words and phrases because God has blinded His eyes to truth and He couldn’t recognize it if it bit Him in the ass.
That is the cumulative effect of long periods of unrepented sin – – to that kind of individual the Bible is a book of meaningless stories and if the sinner ever does understand any of it it becomes a horror story filled with all kinds of threatening stuff – – stuff like going to Hell and all that kind of stuff.
But the redeemed in Christ do not have to worry about the horror stories any more because their futures will be such that they will not have to fret about going to Hell or any of that other stuff that some of the right wingers are always wanting to pound people over the head with.
I am afraid that a lot of righties are following a false religion these days – – a religion that looks Christian in every respect but which has absolutely none of the soul or essence of the real thing.
The Bible says, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”
The fruits of righteousness are definitely not allied with some of the evil things a lot of the right wingers try to do to other people.
For example: No one is ever going to convince me that a real Christian would cast a vote against government funding to expand the unemployment compensation program for millions of jobless Americans who struggle every day just to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.
And that is just one example among many.
Think about it.
Think about it.