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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Christians v. The Godless, Evil, America Destroying People Known as Liberals, Democrats or Progressives

I frequently rant and rave about the conflation of christianity and republicanism, so I thought I would point out a provocative post on the subject. Here is the conclusion:

If evangelical Christians take their faith seriously, along with the assumptions underlying it, it's very hard to square those assumptions with the great majority of the positions taken by the Republican Party. What exactly is Christian about immigrant-bashing (illegal or no)? Under Christian theory, these people have the same spark of the divine, so what's the justification for nativism? Same deal for gay people. Same deal with Muslims. Same deal for poor people. What's the Christian justification for either ignoring them or actively harming them in words or policy?

For an example of an evangelical who takes his faith seriously, see this post by the esteemed and very conservative New Testament scholar Ben Witherington. Here is a sample:

I think as Christians we are called to be totally pro-life, not just pro-life when it comes to the unborn. Did Jesus not say that he came that we might have life and have in abundantly? Does John 3.16-17 not say that it is not God's desire that any should perish but all should have everlasting life? What are the logical consequences of these theological ideas?

I cannot speak for others, but for me it means we should be totally pro-life-- opposing war, capital punishment, and abortion. I realize these three issues are not identical and one can make a reasonable case for supporting one sort of ban on taking life, while not objecting to others. I simply find this an inconsistent point of view. Are the unborn of more sacred worth than the born? I don't think so.

Make sure to read the comments to both of these posts, especially the latter.