My recent reading of Romans inspired my new series of articles entitled: Why True Christians Abhor Republicans.
In Romans 11:16-24, Paul presents the metaphor of the good olive tree. It begins: For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
The firstfruit is Jesus Christ, and the root is Israel. The passage goes on to describe how unbelieving Jewish branches were broken off, that Gentiles might be grafted in, and how the Jews, being natural branches of the tree, are much more easily grafted in, which is how the nation of Israel will be saved, after the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
That got me to thinking about people who call themselves Christian, but then think and believe and act contrary to the gospel’s instruction. They try to graft Christ onto their own trees rather than humbly breaking themselves to nothing and growing into Christ; and because their root is evil, Christ withers and falls away. Call them whatever nom du jour—fundamentalists, evangelists, conservatives, right wing, extremist zealots or Republicans. They do not as their Lord Jesus instructs them to do.
Moses and the prophets taught it, and Jesus said the two greatest commandments were to love God above all, and thy neighbor as thyself, and Paul makes it an equal eleventh with the ten commandments in Romans 13:8-10: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Yet these Christians campaign in their holiness, in the name of Jesus, to elect rulers who oppress and ignore the downtrodden and the poor of the society—their neighbors--the very downtrodden and poor Christ came to deliver. That is a house impossibly divided, and those who dwell there are outwardly clean but inwardly ravening and filthy. These are the wolves in sheep’s clothing Christ warned would come.
And they exploit the media outlets--radio, the internet and Fox news--to spread their lies, which they proclaim to be truth, to justify their horrible, shameless abuse of the very people Christ called the children of the kingdom.
Give a listen to them on the radio, or a take a look at them on television and you shall see them as they are described in Romans 16:17-18: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Republicans are zombie minions of corporate masters, hellbent on destroying everything from education to the environment; and whether spilling oil, or waging war, or stealing what little the poor have and giving it to the rich, or inflaming terrorism in the world, they accomplish no good, only evil.
Therefore do I obey Romans 12:9: Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good.
Why True Christians Abhor Republicans -- Introduction
Part 1 -- The Boehner Letters
Part 2 -- Rick Perry And The Wrath Of God
Part 3 -- Mitt Romney's Truth Is Myth
Part 4 -- Michele Bachmann's Most Dangerous Lie
Part 5 -- Pat Robertson Is A Sodomite
Part 6 -- Paul Ryan's Antichrist Goddess
Part 7 -- Eric Cantor, Dead Man Walking