I have a Bachelor's degree in religion, Bible Studies concentration. I finished most of the seminary to boot at Liberty University, one of the most conservative institutions in the nation from the founder Jerry Falwell, who also founded the "moral majority" to affect politics. I spent several years following down that path, until I could not stomach the blatant hypocrisy that exists in the religious communities of our day. However, i knew that my turn from them would be interpreted as my being a "heathen" by them...especially when I divorced my emotionally and mentally abusive ex wife to find freedom and happiness in the days that followed. However, recent events I think opened a door for me to state publicly my opposition to this movement.
There is a reason that Christ avoided the temples of this day. They were remnants of His own church, but they were all blatant hyprocrites that were more interested in condemning a man than saving him, more interested in discussing where he would spend eternity than healing him. Honestly, I think that Jesus probably couldn't stomach his OWN church in that day, as with this day.
What is it that the "religious right" is known for in this day? Indeed...it is NOT for paying money to teach children or cure the sick. In FACT, the religious right in EVERY election stands AGAINST taxes for those very reasons. And, they are not even known for JESUS as much as they are for Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Fox News, and the GOP.
I was a Republican for over a decade. I believed that they wanted to do good, but I was really just buying into what they were selling...not what they were doing. It is easy for them. They just have to say....let's outlaw abortions and give tax money to churches. And, the prostitutional church says...hallelujah ..pass the wine. I recall last year when homosexuals wanted to marry, and their motto was "love wins"...NO ONE was upset when the Supreme Court said they could marry EXCEPT THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT. They were upset that others that were not even of their religion would be allowed to do what their religious interpretation said was not acceptable....as if Christian beliefs could invalidate Consititional law that said the Supreme Court...not God...was the final judge for our legal system. It is the SAME issue with abortion. Whether you accept abortion as murder or just birth control (I tend to believe there is a life there), IT IS ESTABLISHED LAW. And, for all the times that conservatives have condemned liberals for legislating from the bench, that is EXACTLY what they desire to do, themselves.
It is that hypocrisy that I want to address. A common theme in conservative states is that they want money for God but to vote against tax money for the poor. Indeed...most communities with mega chruches also have mega poverty, as the churches grow and the communities fail. I live in a city, myself, that has many mega churches, who spend lots of time talking about bringing people (and tithe dollars) INTO the church, but they spend almost NO time talking about spending OUT to those in need.
And, in this Presidential election, it has become abundantly clear. We have as our choices Hillary Clinton that has spent a whole LIFE of defending, educating, and feeding children, while Donald Trump is known for just being very rich (remember what Jesus said about the rich). However, in the summer and following a New York Times prediction that they would do so, several church leaders met in secret to agree to endorse Donald as the righteous leader for our country that was, suddenly, born again.
And, since, we have heard quote after quote from his own mouth about how entire religions and races are to be banned, how women are something to be used, and other vicious attacks. Today, a quote came out that has him saying that when you are a celebrity you can use women however you want, and he said he tried to have sex with a married woman (knowing she was married)...but, praise God...he is our puritanical leader.
It is not the sin or greed of Trump that I want to condemn. He has always been as he is. And, the GOP didn't make him this way. He is the majority voted choice OF that party. It is about a group of self righteous bigots that live pretending they live perfect little lives and condemning everyone that they cannot control or that disrupts their view of the world. In short, it is pure fascism..the same fascism that drove Hitler to want to make Germany better again...only this time, the Holocaust is not jews but Muslims, gays, liberals, and anyone else that Donald Trump deems a political enemy.
I, for one, won't go down with the religious right ship, and I hope you won't either.