For a while now I’ve been a big advocate for reclaiming Christianity back from the radical right-wing fake Christians who’ve hijacked it for far too long.
I’ve just grown absolutely sick and tired of people associating Christianity with whatever it is these conservatives seem to worship. Because it sure as heck isn’t Christianity. I’ve called it Republicanity, though that’s just a term I’ve coined to describe what I feel most of them actually follow. But what is it that they think they actually follow? Because, honestly, what “Christian” traits do they really have?
Being anti-abortion? Okay, let’s just give them that. Let’s say life begins at conception and abortion is morally wrong. That’s a simple fix – they don’t have to have an abortion. See, for me, abortion rights aren’t about being pro-abortion but being pro-it’s none of my business what a woman does with her own body. The “morality” of it lies within each individual.
What else? Guns? I’m not quite sure how guns would fit into the Christianity narrative. In fact, I’m pretty certain Jesus Christ would oppose both violence and guns.
Opposition to homosexuality? When I see people who are homophobic, I don’t see “values” derived from faith – I see ignorance emulating from basic human nature. Because I’ve met plenty of “Christian” conservative men who oppose same-sex marriage, but would have no problem seeing two women kiss. But show them two men kissing, and that’s an entirely different story. Besides, why would God really care?
With all the horrors going on in the world, who cares who someone else loves? How about we focus on real problems like poverty, homelessness and child abuse rather than waste time worrying about who someone else wants to marry? Deal? Maybe they base their faith on how much they give to their church.
While it’s true conservatives often do donate to their church fairly generously, can we really give them credit for that? After all, isn’t that what they’re told to do by their church? Tithe?
Can you really boast about generosity that you’re guilted into giving? Besides, it’s hard to claim you stand for charity and generosity, when the political party you support vilifies those living in poverty as lazy moochers just wanting a handout.
Jesus Christ told us to help the helpless, defend the defenseless and protect the poor and needy. Which is the exact opposite of the political ideologies of the typical “conservative Christian.” They believe that greed is what should drive our economy and social safety nets meant to help the poor are unconstitutional. Which is extremely hypocritical considering many of these conservative Christians rely on those very same government programs to survive. But, really, what is it that makes them “Christians”? Church attendance? That can’t be right. Church is just a building. What if someone isn’t able to leave their home because they’re too sick, elderly or disabled? Are they then not allowed to be a Christian? It can’t be about church attendance. Is it because they read the Bible? That wouldn’t make sense. Atheists read the Bible, they’re not Christians. Jewish people follow the Bible too, and they’re not Christians. Besides, many different Christian denominations interpret the Bible in very different ways. Yet they all consider themselves Christians.
So, what Christianity seems to come down to in my opinion is who you are as a person and how closely you try to live your life according to the beliefs of Jesus Christ. Because that’s what Christianity is supposed to be about.
And the political beliefs most of these “conservative Christians” support via the Republican party damn sure aren’t taken from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Fear, paranoia, anger, the love of guns, greed, judgement, hatred, selfishness… those are the values I see most often from these conservative “Christians.”
So, while they might continue to call themselves Christians, I think it’s important that everyone else stops doing it. Because I’m sick and tired of these people tarnishing a faith that stands for none of the values they hold dear.