I saw this article on Facebook. The long and the short of it is that the author believes Republicans aren’t Christians:
I always encourage people to stop saying Republicans represent Christianity, and call them out on what they really worship.
I call it “Republicanity” and I consider it a cult. It’s a perversion of Christianity mixed with a political set of man-made beliefs. These people view their devotion to the GOP on the same level they do their belief in God. To them, the Republican Party is the party of “real Christians.” They don’t need facts or reality to support their political beliefs, they have “faith.”
Except, your political beliefs are supposed to be based on facts — not faith.
I’m a Christian, and these people damn sure don’t represent my faith. What they follow is some mix of Ayn Rand economic ideologies and a couple of select passages from the Bible.
Which I always find hilarious considering Ayn Rand thought religious people were stupid and insane. So people like Paul Ryan, who built his economic ideology on her teachings while claiming to be a devout “Christian,” just show their ignorance by claiming to believe in both. How exactly can someone build an economic platform based on a woman who completely contradicted Christianity, while claiming to be a follower of Christianity?
It makes absolutely no damn sense.
You have to read the whole thing. It’s basically a “strawman” opinion piece- the kind that draws an opponent in the worst possible light in order to trash them and make you look good. Granted there are issues with the mixing of politics and conservative politics over the years, but does this author really believe that Republicans are all fake Christians?
In a 2012 post I wrote about a post written by fellow Disciple Christian Piatt that basically did the same thing:
As a Republican who is gay and is also African American, I can say that while there are problems that need to be addressed, I’ve met Republicans who are gay, women, black, female and Latino. They aren’t all “bubbas” who drive around with Confederate Flags bumper stickers. (and even the “bubbas” aren’t such a stereotype.)
But this kind of trash talk is troublesome not simply because it disses Republicans. I have a bigger problem in that Piatt’s post is a sign something that is happening more and more in society: Christians engaging in the same kind of smashmouth politics so popular in the wider culture. Christians on the left and the right mimic what is going on in the society; the only difference is that we flavor our ideological snarkiness with God-talk.
It’s not a shock that as American society sorts itself out ideologically, that the church would also take part in this sorting. But while it’s not shocking, it is sad. The church should be one place where partisan politics isn’t allowed.
One problem with the article is that you can, indeed, espouse someone’s economic or political ideology without espousing their religious beliefs. Two completely different things.