“The devil lurks behind the cross.” --The Curate in Don Quixote (et al)
I saw an anti-Obama ad from Pennsylvania using the Communist Party hammer and sickle. Lately I’ve been thinking a good emblem for the Republican Party would be horns and cloven hooves, because the way they hijacked the title of the party of Christian and Family values is one of the devil’s great deceits.
I listen to Steve Kreloff of Verse By Verse Radio quite a bit, and mostly enjoy his expositions on scripture, but occasionally I hear things I find curious. He recently preached a series entitled Living Godly in an Ungodly Society that inspired some thoughts in me.
Kreloff said: “Today’s evangelical church is really blowing their testimony when it comes to this area. The image of the evangelical church today is that of political protestors, arrogant right wingers, who blast and insult and criticize every politician who opposes our views, when we ought to be perceived as model citizens, we are perceived as intolerant, and rude, and we want oust every politician and every organization who disagrees to us, and that’s foreign to the new testament.”
The Democrats have their Spitzer, Edwards and Clinton to be sure, but the Republicans have a roll call that reads like a Who’s Who of pedophiles, perverts and profiteering panderers. From Swaggart’s sobbing to Haggard’s bobbing, now it’s Mark Sanford pathetically alluding to King David when busted hiking an Appalachian trail in Argentina. Then there’s Senator Ensign, brother in Christ, who got biblically familiar with his campaign manager’s Douglas Hampton's wife Cynthia, thereby damaging two marriages with one downstroke. Ensign's parents gave Cynthia a 96,000 dollar gift, then is suspected of violating government law in trying to secure Douglas a lobbying job. He’s also opposed to health care reform, and was one of thirty Republicans who voted against the Franken amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court,” Franken said.
Was it all that communing with Christ that told you adultery was fine for yourself and gang rape for government contractors, Senator Ensign?
Kreloff said: “I know a few Christians today who are not opposed to our government, and to the present administration in Washington. I know a few, I’m sure there a few, there are some. I know a few Christians who would say yes, we endorse the government, yes we endorse the present administration because we like their values. Most Christians recognize that the values coming out of Washington DC are opposed to biblical values.”
Surely this position is based in the Christian opposition to abortion and gay marriage. Abortion is abomination, but there are a million premature deaths every year. God surely does something with these souls, and maybe the advanced medical techniques are evolution’s way of adjusting the premature deaths man eliminated with vaccines. Let he who is without sin etch the first law in stone and judge another. You scream that every life possible must come into the world, then hate the laws that feed them. As to gay marriage, if you give heed words God does not, you look the fool.
Kreloff said: “God is interested in saving people, not making the world a better place to live. What if we could change every law in America, and Christianize our nation. What if we could make every law based on the bible. Things would go a lot smoother, and life would be a little bit better for all of us. But then people would die who didn’t know Christ and they’d go to hell. And all you’ve had is more comfortle existence on earth and then they’d die and go to hell anyway. That’s not what God is interested in. God’s not out to give creature comforts in your life on earth. What He is out to do is to save men and women. God’s heart beats for the salvation of the world not external comformity to moral and biblical codes in America.
True, but it is easier to lead people to the Lord when they are living well than in poverty, and the Republican ideal of creating a few billionaires at the expense of millions of people is nowhere in the philosophy of Christ. It does in fact mislead people in what it means to be Christian, as it is written in Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kindgom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffering them that are entering to go in.”
Kreloff said: “Our government is anti Christian and getting moreso.”
It is also, as Christ predicted, a pack of wolves in sheep’s skin.