The strange love-hate relationship Evangelicals have with Jesus

Phil Zuckerman: Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus –

“Jesus unambiguously preached mercy and forgiveness. These are supposed to be cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of the death penalty, draconian sentencing, punitive punishment over rehabilitation, and the governmental use of torture. Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. And yet Evangelicals are the group of Americans most supportive of easy-access weaponry, little-to-no regulation of handgun and semi-automatic gun ownership, not to mention the violent military invasion of various countries around the world. Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of wealth was inimical to the Kingdom of God, that the rich are to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to the poor. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of corporate greed and capitalistic excess, and they are the most opposed to institutional help for the nation’s poor — especially poor children. They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. They despise food stamp programs, subsidies for schools, hospitals, job training — anything that might dare to help out those in need. Even though helping out those in need was exactly what Jesus urged humans to do. In short, Evangelicals are that segment of America which is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while simultaneously claiming to be most ardent lovers of the Prince of Peace.

What’s the deal?

Before attempting an answer, allow a quick clarification. Evangelicals don’t exactly hate Jesus — as we’ve provocatively asserted in the title of this piece. They do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them. Through his magical grace, and by shedding his precious blood, Jesus saves Evangelicals from everlasting torture in hell, and guarantees them a premium, luxury villa in heaven. For this, and this only, they love him. They can’t stop thanking him. And yet, as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain…”

Sunday Bible lessons from conservative ‘Christians’

via: bostonreview

And healing everyone? Socialism.

God would like Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham to stop talking to Him

Steve Benen: Pat Robertson assured his followers that Republicans would win the White House and Congress in 2012. Robertson knew this with certainty, he said, because God himself told the televangelist what would happen. This week, Robertson suggested there may have been a divine miscommunication. For those who can’t watch clips online, Robertson conceded, “So many of us miss God. I won’t get into great detail about elections but I sure did miss it. I thought I heard from God; I thought I had heard clearly from God. What happened? You ask God, ‘How did I miss it?’ Well, we all do and I’ve had a lot of practice.” The next time Robertson claims to speak for God, and to receive special messages about the future directly from Heaven, the televangelist’s followers may want to keep this incident in mind.

Hunter DailyKos[Rev. Franklin] Graham [(yes, that one)] equated the Obama years with a national rejection of God. “In the last four years, we have begun to turn our backs on God. We have taken God out of our education system. We have taken him out of government. You have lawyers that sue you every time you mention the name of Jesus Christ in any kind of a public forum. …Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees—to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.”

Hunter: There’s no way around it—religious conservatives are a sadistic lot. Everything’s all smiting and hellfire. If a hurricane happens, it’s because God was ticked off that you were treating gay people as if they were normal humans. If you lose your pension to a group of thieving banksters, it’s because you didn’t sing loud enough in church last week, you jerk. And if God has to wreck the whole country—just take his Holy Economic Pruning Shears and lop the whole thing off at about ankle-height—in order to get a little positive press from you people, then by Him that’s what he’s going to do.

The meanness of these people never ceases to surprise. The bitterness, the persecution, and the absolute insistence that if America doesn’t run exactly according to their way, and to hell with every other sect and sub-sect and sub-sub-sect of Christianity because the only true way to do it is according to the guy on channel three hundred something,  then ‘Merika As We Noh Iht is well and truly boned. I don’t know who it is religious conservatives think they’re praying to, but if it’s all about chanting and damning people and about constant magical vengeance being brought down on anyone who doesn’t chant enough or damn people enough, that sounds positively morbid. A good grift, though.

It’s interesting that these conservative “Christians” never see outcomes they dislike (Obama winning the election) as being the Will of God. Shouldn’t they at least consider the idea that God is trying to tell them something and they’re the ones who are wrong, they’re the ones who aren’t listening?

Shorter Sunday Sermon

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Mosques are not churches like we would think of churches. They think of mosques more as a foothold into a society, as a foothold into a community, more in the cultural and in the nationalistic sense. Our churches — we don’t feel that way, they’re places of worship, and mosques are simply not that, and we need to take that into account when approving construction of those.”  — Colorado state Sen. Kevin Grantham (R), quoted by the Colorado Statesman, saying a proposal to ban construction of new mosques should be considered.  (via)

All loving Christians are invited to celebrate the word of God at Rev. William Collier’s annual conference — that is, as long as they are white. [...] The Alabama town’s mayor is renouncing the Reverend, saying that such hate speech is unwelcome in the town. But Collier defended the flyer this week, saying that he isn’t a racist — just that “the white race is God’s chosen people.” (via)

During his Thursday Focal Point radio program, Bryan Fischer equated the healthcare mandate with going to church“We know that going to church is good for you, it’s good for your health. So we are going to mandate that you go to church for your own health and we are going to tax the atheists who don’t go to church. Now we can’t make you go to church, but we are going to penalize you if you don’t,” Fischer continued. “We are going to assess a tax on every atheist who doesn’t go to church because those atheists are endangering their physical health.” (via)

I liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school. Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion. We need to insure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools.” — Louisiana state Rep. Valarie Hodges (R), quoted by the Livingston Parish News, upon learning that the recently passed voucher program can go to Muslim schools as well as Christian schools.  (via)

‘Merica, amen. 

Jesus says

via: WWJD

Sunday’s message from Jesus

Source: deadnet

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The 10 Commandments with Louis CK

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It’s Sunday, Evangelicals!

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John 2:13-16

John 2:13-16 via: commonsensejesus

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Llullaillaco Maiden — A 15 year old girl sacrificed during the Inca Empire for both purposes of religious rite and social control. She was chosen a year prior to her death, fed a ritualistic diet for an approximate twelve months to make her gain weight, then was drugged and left on the shrine at Volcano Llullaillaco, where she was left to die of exposure. For five hundred years, her body had been preserved at 82 ft. She is considered to be the best preserved Andean mummy ever uncovered. (source: theladygoogle)


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