If Jesus were a registered Republican the banks would be the temples of worship. Selfishness really would be a virtue and not an Ayn Rand delusional fantasy. Sodom and Gommorah would be any Blue state but particularly California and Massachusetts. Love would be defined as letting the poor starve so that they could learn their moral lesson.
According to Christian tradition, Jesus died on the cross to redeem all our sins but Jesus couldn’t have done this and been a registered Republican because we now know, thanks to Ayn Rand, that acts of altruism are acts, not of strength, but of weakness. A person truly oriented to the morality of self interest would never have engaged in selfless sacrifice for others.
Instead of let he who is blameless cast the first stone, if Jesus were a registered Republican, that admonition might be let he who is richest cast the first stone. Instead of Judge not lest ye be judged, we might be encouraged to judge ceaselessly anybody and everybody who isn’t just like us, because that is how we prove to everyone how righteous we are.
If Jesus were a registered Republican he never would have attempted to feed the hungry or heal the sick. These acts are too much like Socialism and worse yet Obamacare. These should be based on ones ability to pay because nothing but wealth matters and poverty is a not a consequence of greed and selfishness, it is a consequence of moral weakness and therefore must be punished severly to teach them the error of their ways. Social safety net programs are denying the poor Gods divine love through hunger and homelessness.
Thou shalt not kill unless the person has been identified as a terrorist with or without proof. As the chosen people, while we might hate our next door neighbor we never fail to say grace. Forgiveness is for weak kneed Liberals for we can only know God through anger and retribution for our numberless enemies. God punishes the wicked after we have pointed them out to him.
If Jesus were a registered Republican he would have been born in Orange County and not a manger in Bethlehem. He would have been a stock broker not a carpenter and darn well would never have been a Union thug carpenter. He would have had a few women as disciples because he wouldn’t have wanted anyone to think he might be Gay. The three wise men would have been Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan and Karl Rove. The dollar sign would be our idol of worship not the cross.
All of that said, Jesus is not a registered Democrat either. Our faith in God should be a personal faith and a personal choice of how we believe, if we choose to believe at all. For those of us who consider ourselves Christian, look how far we have gotten from the message that Jesus brought to all of us and his last admonition to,”Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
While it is not really just Republicans who have acted as if the statements I made were some sort of immutable truth, the fact is that all of these statements are at any moment the truth of how we treat each other despite our Christian heritage telling us of a much different way.
To me faith and belief is a matter of attraction not promotion. There is nothing attractive about the way we Americans treat each other and ignore those of us who are suffering needlessly because of the selfish greed of far too many of us.
This Easter as we eat the choclate eggs and the Easter dinner with friends and family perhaps we should take a moment to just remember what it was about Jesus teachings that made him so radical that the immoral leaders of the time feared him enough to kill the man who our faith tells us was the son of God.
It was the simple awesome power of unconditional love. My how that limitless commodity has been in such short supply for the last thirty years that we are acting as if it might be considered a non-renewable resource and therefore refusing to use it.