Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Disciples of Ronald Wilson Reagan

Biblical Evidence That Republicans Are Not The Party Of Christ Part Two

It is fascinating how and how quickly the human mind works. A while back I was listening to WTBN Christian radio in the middle of the night. It was the top of the hour, three AM, and WTBN was airing a fifteen second clip of their right wing social agenda. This time it was a sound byte from Mike Pence, the republican congressman from Indiana.

I'd only recently heard of Pence, and what had stuck in my mind was that he'd cited Ronald Reagan as his hero. I've always thought Reagan was one of the more evil characters in recent US history. He started by engineering the October surprise to sabotage Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. Paying the Iranian government in weapons to keep the 53 Americans hostage until after the November 4, 1980 election was downright villainous.

Then there's his war record. Invading Grenada and bombing the Falkland Islands were a real flexing of US muscle, much like a bully smacking a baby in its stroller. Arming both sides of the Iran-Iraq war with weaponry was particularly nefarious; but perhaps most diabolical of all was taking proceeds of the sale of arms to Iran to fund the contras in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Reagan's philosophy of that conflict was to prevent communism from infesting the United States by spreading north through Central America and into Texas. Having spent a fair amount of time in that region I can say from experience that that notion is preposterous; the people of Central America are largely impoverished, and more interested in day to day survival than political theory. They are also predominantly Christian in the civilian regions where the contras were planting land mines. Roughly 135,000 people died in those conflicts, and it is fair to say that innocent Christian blood was spilled in the slaughter.

So as I lay there Mike Pence's voice triggered thoughts of Ronald Reagan, which hearkened me to Spike, who I had been friends with for a couple years in high school. He was a very weird, violent guy whose family was involved with the bizarre 'spiritual' cult Eckankar. For whatever reason, one of the things I most remember about Spike was his bragging about torturing and killing a neighbor's cat with explosives when he was about ten. (What exactly is it about the admirers and mercenaries of Reagan thinking it's perfectly okay to blow up the living creatures that God made?)

So, triggered by Mike Pence's voice, here is what my mind processed in a matter of mere moments: Pence idolizes Reagan, Spike idolized Reagan, Spike slaughtered cats with little sticks of dynamite. These are not good people. And my thoughts proved to be prescient, for following Pence's fifteen second rightwing diatribe, the very next words on WTBN were Steve Kreloff's graphic description of the Roman torture of Christ preceding the crucifixion.

So I got to thinking about some of the voices of WTBN's social agenda and how they regard Reagan.

Mike Pence cites Ronald Reagan as his hero.

A snoop around his website reveals that Cal 'Obama Is A Dictator' Thomas highly reveres Ronald Reagan.

Michael 'I Am Not A Christian And Have NO Business Being On WTBN' Medved calls Reagan 'deservedly beloved of Republicans everywhere.'

Albert Mohler wrote an article entitled 'Leadership Lessons From President Ronald W. Reagan' in which he speaks of Reagan's greatness.

Janet Parshall said: "Ronald Reagan will always be very much a man who represents the American hero to me."

Focus on the Family's James Dobson from a speech on youtube: "We now have a president who does not seem to understand anything that Ronald Reagan stood for. Each of those areas that I talked about, and others, are being undermined and contradicted today. And I grieve about that. As much as I celebrate the progress that was made in the 1980's, I look at what's taking place today and I don't believe there is a single policy decision that Barack Obama has made that I agree with."

Richard Land: On a list of his favorite books, Peter Robinson's HOW RONALD REAGAN CHANGED MY LIFE, comes in at number four. About the book Land said: "Robinson probably does the best job at getting at the essence of that unique, sunny, complex person that was Ronald Reagan. I think reading it made me a better man, too."

Hugh Hewitt cites the same book on Reagan, and said: "Reagan's greatness is anchored in his and his country's goodness."

For more simply go to townhall.com, a website that WTBN advocates and promotes constantly, type Ronald Reagan into the search box there, and you will see the effusive love of Ronnie oozing from every page.

Reagan himself professed to be a Christian. In speaking during the president's funeral service, his son Michael Reagan said: "When he closed his eyes, that's when I realized the gift that he gave to me--the gift that he was going to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

Having said all that, let us turn to the words of our Lord and Savior. In Matthew 12:22-26 it is written: 'Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?'

(Two sidenotes: The Pharisees bear great resemblence to today's Republicans, but that's another chapter, which is forthcoming; and scholars agree that the number 666 as described in Revelation is based on an ancient name game called gematria, which correlates people's names to numbers--Ronald(6) Wilson(6) Reagan(6).)

Now, if I hand someone a rifle knowing who they're going to kill, am I complicit in that murder? The courts would find me guilty. Landmines are a particularly barbaric mechanism of warfare. How then does a 'Christian' authorize and fund their use to maim and murder innocent civilians, many of whom we know were Christian? Can you kill Christians in the name of Christ? When Jesus sent his disciples forth to heal and preach and cast out devils, was it in the name of Satan? Why then does WTBN give voice to so many disciples of such a man as Ronald Wilson Reagan?

2 comments:

  1. Reagan was the one who started the dismantling of government, who started the Welfare Queen lie about the poor, who handed out massive amounts of money to corporate welfare, who screwed over President Carter who was an honest true Christian who still practices what he preaches to this day in his old age, a man to be admired.
    I have a very hard time forgiving Reagan for all of the evil he did to Carter, our Country and the World.

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