By Zaq Guiod
Christmas is fast approaching, and that means billions around the world will celebrate the birth of their savior, Jesus H. Christ. While many people claim to be religious and love their savior, they don’t do a great job of listening to him or his father. So I would like to point out the blatant hypocrisy of those who claim to be religious and moral but constantly ignore what their religion teaches and what anyone with a smidgen of empathy knows is moral.
Literally 99 percent of the Republicans in Congress identify as Christian. The president and his party have done several things this year that go exactly against the words of their lord. For example in Luke 12:33 Jesus said, “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Pretty simple instructions, but I guess the GOP and their base must have missed it. The tax cuts that give 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent clearly do the exact opposite of what Jesus intended; they hurt the poor for the benefit of the rich.
In fact, Jesus has some very strong statements about rich people in Luke 18:25. “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.” Yikes. If I was Donald Trump or any wealthy “Christian” I would be sweating bullets.
Real question: Do you think someone who healed the sick and poor would support kicking three million people off of their health insurance? Because that’s how many people have lost their access to healthcare because of Trump’s policies. The Bible also has something to say about healthcare.“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?” This quote from Jeremiah 8:22 is essentially saying that if there are resources to heal someone, why isn’t that person healed? The Republican position is if you don’t have money or insurance, it’s okay if you die. Because giving you healthcare goes against their free-market principles.
Now let’s take a look at what the Bible says about immigrants and how they should be treated. Deuteronomy 10:18 says, “For the Lord your God… loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger.” Remember, our government recently tear gassed people from Central America seeking refuge. Our president wants to build a wall to stop immigrants from coming into our country. And his Christian base loves his attitude towards immigrants, it’s a big part of the reason why he won.
Not only does the president want to stop immigrants from coming here, he doesn’t support immigrants that are already in America. He rescinded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and is responsible for the deportation of many law-abiding people who have lived here for decades. He also split up immigrant families and put CHILDREN IN CAGES. If the Christian God is real, he’s definitely not happy with our government’s actions. In Leviticus 19:33 there are pretty clear instructions on how to treat immigrants. “When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself.”
This Christmas season we will see many politicians speak about their faith and their lord Jesus. Now you’ll know they really don’t care about what their Bible says.
Republicans and the president consistently ignore their holy book in their righteous quest to steal from the poor to give to the rich.