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May 27, 2015

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Bob

We can only hope the Republican candidates will soon take to hair shirts and self scourging to prove their Christian bona fides. However, I have a bone to pick with the idea that the Christian message is in any way socialistic. This is a liberal wish. What began as a cult was transformed into a state religion in which priests were enforcers. And the entire history since has been closely related to royalism in one form or another, especially during the monarchies of Europe. The pope is still the Vatican City head of state. Yes, there are a few references to helping the poor in the Bible, but there are also lots of things like this:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ... - Romans 13:1-9

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. - 1 Peter 2:17

Jason

Democrats should use those verses more often. Whenever rightwing Christians start huffing about Obama and big government, we could throw those verses in their face and tell them they need to obey the Bible. Scripture's very useful like that.

Peter G

Alas for Santorum, 538 is not sanguine about his chances. For one there is quite a lot of competition this years for the Godder vote. So despite his surprisingly strong showing last time out he is likely toast and toast without an image of Christ magically caramelized into the gluten. It seems our evangelical brethren can forgive much. Monetary defalcations, Republican extramarital affairs, diddling younger siblings? Forgivable. Losing to Mitt Romney? Not.

William Caulfield

You confuse Christ's message with the writings of Paul. Two very different things. Paul's only mission was to grow the movement in the Roman world. His version of Christianity had little to do with Jesus.

RT

Indeed, I privately call Christianity "Paulism".

The loudest of today's Christians have taken the place of the Pharisees of Jesus's time.

Peter G

This is something I find difficult to get, as a Canadian. Any politician who dared to bleat about their religion in Canada would dismissed almost instantaneously as a phoney. We don't have evangelicals with a right wing bent and almost all church leadership in Canada is farther to the left than their congregants by and large.

Bob

Scripture might not apply to Muslims, secret or otherwise, but it could be worth a try.

ren

I don't get it either, and I'm an American.

Bob

OK, let's be specific to Jesus. Jesus said he changed nothing in Old Testament law. Matthew quotes him as saying "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." There are plenty of places in the Old Testament where kings are presented as spiritual rulers.

Even better, Jesus was claimed in the gospels to actually BE a king. The purpose of Matthew's gospel is to present Jesus as the Messiah to the Jews with an ancestry back to David.

Bob

You're lucky enough to live in a Commonwealth country that comes from a tradition of having had enough of kings and popes. I suspect the Irish voted for legalizing gay marriage just to stick a big public finger in The Church's collective eye.

Bob

On second thought not "just," but in big part.

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