Conservative Christians spend a lot of time worrying about who is the Antichrist.
For a while, the title went to President Obama. Now that Obama’s time in office is winding down, other nominees have been floated around for the, um, honor. Some people choose Pope Francis. But if they’re serious about finding the Antichrist force at work nowadays, the GOP should take a look in the mirror. They may not see the capital-A, supernaturally silver-tongued harbinger of End Times, but they will certainly see the more literal thing: a party that is diametrically opposed in deed and word to all the things that Jesus preached and stood for.
Judge not lest ye be judged? Something tells me that Jesus might have an issue with the slut-shaming, gay bashing, transphobic party that purports to follow Him.
Ditto on he who is without sin casting the first stone. The Duggars are a prominent example of this — social conservatives who campaigned against protections for transgender Americans (smearing LGBT people in the process) while covering up their own son’s child molestation. But they’re not alone (see: Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, Scott DesJarlais, etc).
As for taking care of the least of our brothers and sisters, hardly. He may have called on believers to feed the poor, but that’s not how it goes anymore. Conservatives are all about demonizing the poor, cutting food stamps, and gutting the social safety net.
Likewise caring for the stranger. In conservative America, the stranger is a rapist and a menace to whom our doors should be shut. Even if he’s only five years old. As a matter of fact, depending on who the stranger’s neighbors are, we may carpet bomb him. Or kill him to send a message to terrorist relatives. Hallelujah!
And Jesus may have said it was “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” But the rich are “job creators” in conservative parlance, and advocating for the poor is class warfare. Get a haircut, you damned hippie Jesus!
Then there’s healthcare. The New Testament is full of stories about Jesus dishing out healing to those who needed it. Payment or financial well-being was not a pre-condition for the Son of God. But today’s Republicans are deeply, viscerally opposed to caring for the sick — unless they can fork over cash. Otherwise, the “pro-life” party will cheer their deaths. Like, literally cheer their deaths.
That was from the last Republican primary. Things haven’t gotten better this time around.
Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz — championed by some on the Religious Right (and, of course, himself) as a Christian savior handpicked by God — attacked frontrunner Donald Trump for his unwillingness to let people die on the streets when government intervention could save them. Not kidding. That’s literally the phrase Cruz took issue with: not letting people die on the street.
CRUZ: Did you say, if you want people to die on the streets if you don’t support socialized health care, you have no heart.
TRUMP: Correct. I will not let people die on the streets — let me talk. My plan is simple. We’ll have private health care, but I will not allow people to die on the sidewalks and the streets of our country if I’m President. You may let it, and you may be fine with it–
CRUZ: So does the government pay for everyone’s health care?
TRUMP: We are going–
CRUZ: Yes or no.
TRUMP: Excuse me. We are going to take those people and those people are going to be serviced by doctors and hospitals. We’re going to make great deals on it, but we’re not going to let them die in the streets.
CRUZ: Who pays for it?
Remember that Cruz is considered the more serious Christian of the two here. Trump is the thrice-married, brash boaster who isn’t sure he even needs forgiveness. Cruz is the pastor-wannabe who apparently reads the mind of God. Yet it’s Trump who says we shouldn’t let people die in the streets and Brother Ted who attacks him on his statement that the government may have to be involved in order to save those lives.
Something tells me that Cruz’s priorities aren’t very much in keeping with the Christ of his Christianity. But this does demonstrate rather handily that religiosity is absolutely no indicator of morality. Let’s face it, when Donald Trump is less of a monster than you, your moral compass is broken beyond repair, no matter how hard you thump your Bible.
The fact is, for all their lip service, Republicans killed Jesus in politics years ago, when they started waging war on the poor and disenfranchised. But these days? These days they’re practically dancing on his grave.