Un-Christlike behavior by U.S. conservatives?
February 16, 2014 3:18 PM Subscribe
I'm looking to collect as many specific examples as I can, of instances in which specific Republican/conservative behaviors and/or political moves have directly contradicted the teachings of Christ. Some specific examples within.
posted by jbickers to Religion & Philosophy (21 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
To be clear, I am NOT looking for general or vague ways in which conservatives are being irreligious. I am looking for specific examples in which one or more Republican/conservative behaviors is in direct violation to what Christ himself said at one point. For instance:
Luke 12 is one of many places where Jesus says, either implicitly or outright, that everybody should always have enough to eat, no matter their station in life. The recent vote to cut SNAP funding directly violates these.
Matthew 18:21-35 demands debt forgiveness for the poor, without penalty. In 2005, Bush signed a restructuring of the bankruptcy law that made it much more punitive ("America is a nation of personal responsibility, where people are expected to meet their obligations.")
Luke 9 (the "miracle" of bread and fish) seems to be an implicit seal of approval from Christ on income redistribution.
Jesus routinely healed the poor who had no way to afford healthcare. The constant efforts by the Republican party to repeal the ACA seems directly contradictory to the spirit of his teachings and actions.
Any legislation or tax loophole which allows rich people to unfairly grow richer seems to directly contradict Mark 10:21-22.
I'm sure there are many more, and I'm looking to accumulate as many as possible with as much specifics as possible. And again, I am ONLY looking for things that come from the words of Christ himself, not any of the letters of Paul or anywhere else in the Bible. Thanks in advance for your input!