Christianity Johnson on 10 Oct 2008 11:13 am
Prayer at a McCain/Palin rally yesterday: “You, O God, have raised up Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for such a time as this.”
The absurdity of Christianity was on public display yesterday at a McCain/Palin rally in Bethlehem, PA:
Rage? Why isn’t it love, as Jesus teaches?
Here is an excerpt from the invocation:
O God, we are in a battle that is raging for the soul of this nation. You, O God, have raised up Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for such a time as this. Help them, O God, to strengthen our economy, to keep our taxes and spending low. . . and grant them the privilege of being elected the next president and vice president.
If God has raised them up, then why aren’t they loving their enemy as Jesus teaches? Why are they spreading lies and racism at all their rallies?
“Help them to strengthen our economy“? Jesus had a very simple economic prescription described in this article:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
Matt 13: 22
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
This seems pretty clear. If you want to follow Jesus you need to “sell your possessions and give to the poor.” You should “Sell your possessions and goods, and give to anyone as he had need.” You should note the “deceitfulness of wealth”. You should, “give up everything”, stop “laying up for yourselves treasures on earth” and stop trying to “serve God and Money”.
In other words, a True Christian has no need for the economy.
If you are praying to God, wouldn’t it make sense to do what God says in the Bible first?
This hypocrisy demonstrates the absurdity of Christianity in America today.
If you are a Christian reading and typing on your computer right now, it would be fascinating to know why you still own a computer. Why haven’t you sold it, as Jesus prescribes?