The Christian Left

I’ve been bothered constantly by the irony and contradictions of The Religious Right.  So much so that I’ll admit, I began to think all people who believed in religion (I should specify, all Christians) were represented by the Ridiculous Right. Deep down, I knew this to be untrue, but all the lies and misdirection they are spreading was all I was hearing.

The Ridiculous Right is vehemently vocal.

What drives me craziest about The Ridiculous Right is that they claim to be Christian, yet they are supporting the GOP that wants to

  • Cut funding to entitlement programs, yet Jesus told us to care for the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and educate all (maybe not the last one, but I’d believe it).
  • Continue funding for the military, such as bombs and guns to kill people,  while one of the ten commandments is Thou Shalt Not Kill.
  • Support the death penalty, still we shouldn’t kill and should let God make final judgement.
  • Not regulate gun use, which are supposedly not to kill people, yet the things you shoot at shooting ranges are silhouettes of black people.
  • Ban gay marriage, but Jesus says to love everyone.
  • Oppose immigration, yet I doubt Jesus believed in country borders.
  • Ban abortion, even if it means letting the mother die and rapists sow their seeds.
  • Fund oil companies that are contributing to man-made global warming and laugh at the idea of saving the environment when God left us as shepherds of the earth he created.

I began to think that all Christians thought like this.  Then one day, I came across The Christian Left on Facebook.  I was skeptical at first, but after reading more, I can see that this is exactly the side that I haven’t been hearing.  These people believe all the things that I was taught growing up in the Catholic Church.  They talk about the Jesus I remember. Love and peace and forgiveness and friendship to all and helping those who need it most.

Now I no longer believe in God, Jesus, or the Bible, but there is a whole moral and value system that I do believe.  Regardless of whom you believe your maker is, we all have a set of morals and values by which we live.  Sometimes they are different, hopefully there are lots of similarities.

So I implore you to check out The Christian Left Blog too.  As an atheist, it is nice to know that not all religious people say one thing and support the opposite.

I’m feeling much better now.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by CivilSarah on September 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I agree with your first point in principle, but I don’t believe that it’s the government’s responsibility to provide programs. I believe that the Church has been commanded to take care of the poor, etc. and they have failed miserably in this. So I guess someone has to pick up the slack, and now that the government has done so. Yay, no more responsibility. Perhaps supporting these government programs was is in line with what God intended, perhaps not. I tend to lean away from big government.

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  2. I believe that the government using taxes to support the poor, hungry, sick, and uneducated is a perfect use of my money. Besides, it is one way to make sure that all of us who aren’t religious actually contribute towards helping all of society succeed. That responsibility should not be specific to religious organizations.

    When I was growing up and was hungry, we had food stamps, and government supplies of cheese and butter. When my parents were out of work and we were sick, there was medicare. When I wanted to be educated there was public transportation on public roads to a public school. When I wanted to go to college, I got Pell Grants and government funded parent loans (as well as scholarships), both of which I am about to finish paying back (because my parents only signed the paperwork but couldn’t afford to pay the loans back themselves). I am grateful that the government was there to help me, my family, and my friends to get out of poverty and become successful, contributing members of society.

    I also have been working since I was ten years old. I started by sweeping at the local convenience store and remember using the money to occasionally buy milk for the family. The picture that the GOP keeps drawing of people who use government services neglects to include me and my family. I would have been left out in their plan.

    I believe that we shouldn’t have to depend on religious organizations to provide for the sick, the poor and the hungry. We should all contribute. And we should all give back for the help we received.

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  3. Posted by CivilSarah on September 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I am not anti help; I think everyone should help out, and I love that things were available for you. Giving back is a beautiful thing, but does that mean all the giving back should be centralized? What I don’t like is government control over that sort of thing. Giving directly to folks in need seems like it would be more efficient and effective. I’m not advocating religious control over things either; you misunderstand my definition of “Church”. I don’t mean an organization or institution. I mean God’s people. Regardless of whose doors we walk into for weekend (or weekday) services, we are called to love others. So when I suggest that the Church (people, not organizations) should pick up some slack, I pray that we would take care of the needs ourselves rather than pointing people to the government. If I knew of someone who needed financial help, I don’t want to just “pray for them” or send them off to a government office… I want to find my checkbook and see what I can do. Or if it’s not money, I want to be available for the time involved. This is what I mean by Christians have neglected responsibility. I’m not saying I have it figured out. D & I frequently discuss and pray over how our money and time can best be used to serve others, and we try to work it out. Now imagine if all people who claim to be followers of Christ did the same thing. I don’t think we’d need government intervention. But the sad part is that Christ-followers don’t always follow Christ in this way, and so the government stepped in to fix it, and I just don’t think this is the way it should be. My opinion. :)

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  4. I don’t mean to imply that only Christians should give back. I think everyone has a responsibility to pay it forward when they can. I just know that Christians have been particularly given this mandate, and I hope that we can get over ourselves and help out. :)

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