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Will The Real Christians Please Stand Up Again?
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Hypocrisy abounds and God is cleaning house. It is just amazing that God is using a man that republicans within the “Christian Right” labeled as a “heathen,” to clean house in this country. Change always starts at the top, so the overhaul that is happening in the government is long overdue and is to be expected.
While republicans who have controlled the majority of the wealth in this country for decades now scramble to devise a counter attack; the best so far, is to whine and throw temper tantrums about spending, all the while shouting for tax cuts that would benefit only themselves as business owners and employers.
It amazes me how the "right" always seems ok with the "wrong" use of
power, as long as it benefits themselves, and as long as they "claim" Christ, but don't demonstrate or live like Him, and yet, they want to claim that these same people are "representative" of God. What an insult that is to God, and those of us that believe in Him.
The alleged “Christian Right” is looking so wrong these days, because selfishness is widespread and rampant. Scripture says that it is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle, than it is for a rich man to get to heaven; and the republicans are certainly eager to show us why.
The alleged “Christian Right” is full of a lot of indignant, self-made, self-sufficient people, who claim that the government has no right to tell them what to do with “their” money. It was ok for the government to dictate what is done with everyone else’s earned income, as long as it didn’t affect them.
I engaged in a discussion on this topic with a Christian I’ve known online for about 4 years now. We are both Christians, but are on opposite sides of the spectrum on this issue. He angrily stated that giving to the poor boarded on Marxism, and why should “good” rich people, who worked hard and give to charity; be forced to give their money to “lazy, good-for-nothing” people who won’t get up off their butts and do for themselves.
He insisted that these same “good, benevolent” rich people should not be labeled as “evil and greedy,” because they don’t want the government’s hand in their pie. Now, he didn’t like the perception of the rich as being “evil and greedy;” yet he was quick to kick out a bunch of labels concerning my position, which he called “Marxist,” and against the less fortunate, which he labeled as “lazy,” and basically worthless people.
He also went on to state that if he earned it, its his money and the government has no right or say in what he does with it. This, I remind you, came from a Christian.
Its no wonder the world rejects Christianity. You can’t claim to be the “Christian Right” while walking in your flesh just as much as anyone else is doing.
If you are self-sufficient, and self-made; those are just self-centered synonyms for “in the flesh.” If you believe that what you earn is yours; you are carnal and don’t walk in the spirit. If that money you earned has such a death grip on you, that you can’t let it go to help others, then you are selfish and greedy.
Luk 20:24 "Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?"
Luk 20:25 "Caesar's," they replied. He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
All this self-righteous indignation and anger - how “Christian” is that? We’re watching all these corporations paying out huge bonuses to their top staff, with money borrowed from the American people, all the while claiming they are on the brink of collapse.
The rest of the rich folk seem to think they shouldn’t be penalized for the sins of a few, yet they makeup only 5% if the population. Their theory is that they shouldn’t be “punished” for the sins of a few other fellow capitalists, but the rest of us - the 95% should be .
After John Q. Public has been raped time and again by these marauders; they shouldn’t have to pay, but should be allowed to keep victimizing the rest of us, and then say that we need to “get off our butts” and do something. How is it that they can be so opposed to a measure that, not only would give people a feeling of justice, but would help many people; yet at the same time, claim to be charitable?
Its more a case of the rich trying to give the appearance of being charitable. Only when they are benefited in some way, like on a tax write-off, do they suddenly become “charitable,” and usually, their charity is towards medical science because so many of them are trying to prolong their life and slow the aging process. So really, their charity is all about themselves.
What these "robber barons" haven't figured out yet, is that if they steal all the resources, then who's going to buy from them? Who will be able to afford it? That is why the economy is at a standstill now. They have priced things out of reach for most of the population, so they won't sell anything because those without can do without their unnecessary products, as they've been doing for years. The middle class is the economic fuel of this country, and when you cut taxes for businesses, and claim falsely that this is so businesses can pay their workers...it's a load of crap.
They just pocket that money, and let people go, just like we've seen in recent months. Giving the money to businesses is not going to fuel the economy, because the economy is fueled by spending, and the people who spend are the middle class. When you shut up the fountain of resources for the purposes of hoarding, then your economy will go in the toilet, because the spenders are now forced to conserve due to a lack of resources, the same resources they were spending that fueled the economy and put so much money into big business' pockets.
It just amazes me that the republicans have been too stupid to figure this out. I've been in the middle for years as an independent, but I also did both macro and micro economics in college, so I see how the system works. Granted, it's an asinine system to begin with, but the rich set it up this way because they profit from it at the expense of everyone else. Now they want to whine and complain, and say that the poor and middle class don't deserve the break, but they do?!?
All republicans do to try to make the economy work is start a war. Every time republicans are in office, we are at war with someone because they claim this will jump start the economy, and it never does. All it does is allow them to profit from the poverty and death of the less fortunate, and the economy never moves or gets any better. And meanwhile, they profit from supplying the weapons for the war, and stealing the resources from another country, leaving them bereft and in poverty. Look at Africa.
I don't advocate the excessive spendthrift ways of the democrats, but if tax breaks and benefits are to be given to anyone, it most definitely should go to those making less than 50k/yr. Everyone else is doing well enough that they don't need it. And let me remind you that even the poorest in this country is rich by world standards, so people who make in excess of 50k/yr have no reason to complain. If they are living beyond their means, then downsize, and live within your means, and you won't have a reason to complain that you are stressed with the economy. You still have more than 97% of the world! Have a little gratitude and be thankful for what you do have, and stop complaining about what you don't have.