Moral Reasoning, Political Ideologies, Religion

No, my friend, Jesus wasn’t a Republican

An argument is not an exercise in name-calling

An argument is not an exercise in name-calling

I look at arguing like the ancient Greeks. To argue means to present differing opinions in order to possibly arrive closer to the truth than when you both started.

I got into a Twitter argument a few days ago with a Republican Christian. It started like this:

(Pic) Here am I with my lovely wife at the Republican Christian banquet.

Me: Oh good, tell the Republicans to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

He: Christians as individuals, yes, but not the government.

Me: Where do find that in the Bible?

He: Where do you find scripture about government stealing to give your money to others?

Me: Jesus said pay your taxes-to Rome-a corrupt occupying power. How much more a government that feeds the hungry.

He: Wrong! The job of government is to protect our freedom and liberty. If you took a civics class you’d know that.

Me: Government’s job-at very least-is to keep citizens alive.

He: Baloney. (paraphrase)

Me: Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.-Jefferson. One needs food to stay alive.

He: (Something unintelligible to the effect that its every man for himself?)

Me: So Stalin and Mao did the right thing by letting people starve? If it’s not the government’s job to feed them?

He: That’s different. Your communistic brainwashing has twisted your perspective.

Me: By your ideology, not mine, Stalin and Mao did the right thing.

He: From someone who has nothing better to do than attack Christians.

Me: I AM a Christian.

He: Work on your judgmental thing then.

Me: OK, and you work on your putting ideology before Jesus. Can’t use GOP talking points on judgment day.

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We must win! Our cause is right!

We must win! Our cause is right!

My daughter wants to know why I bother arguing with Republican Christians. Should moderate Muslims repudiate radical Muslims? Should moderate Jews protest the occupation of the Palestinians? Should anyone go against the tide, ever?

Should a (politically) moderate Christian challenge radical ‘Christians?’ The brother above is an average, “Let-’em starve-if-they-were- moral-God-would-make-them-rich-Republican.”

There are far more radical “Christians;’ Dominionists like Ted Cruz’ preacher father (Ted is God’s Annointed to redistribute wealth in the end times) and the fascist DC-based cult on C street or the British Israel folks, well-armed and holed up somewhere in Idaho.

And you know what? I’ll argue with them, too. Not because I hate them, but because Jesus loves them and they are heading off a spiritual cliff.

 

 

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About Je' Czaja

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years and is the author of several books. https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jeczaja Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE

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