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August 7, 2013

BLOG: TEA Party visit sparks revelation

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But of course, that's not what God wants, is it? So the hard-line Republicans completely reject it.

There's also the common fundamentalist thought that the poor don't deserve our attention and help. Things like welfare, Medicare, food stamps; they've all become social and political stigma, something that represents laziness and mooching off the government.

What of the verse in Luke that says "blessed be ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven?" Didn't Jesus once say it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God? 

When you read these passages then, hear TEA Party congressman Stephen Fincher from Tennessee mention Christianity in the argument for completely cutting food stamps, it makes you wonder how much some fundamentalists actually read the Bible.

I'm not here to say Christian conservatives shouldn't talk. After all, this is America and they have every right to have their views heard. I'm simply saying the overbearing language of Christian fundamentalists, and many in the TEA Party nationwide, are doing nothing to convince me that finding a church is something I would benefit from, and I'm not alone on this. Sure it helps with spiritual fulfillment, but I can do that on my own, and do that without the politicizing, without the sweeping statements, and without the apparent hatred that sounds nothing like Jesus' teachings in the New Testament. 

I may not know everything there is to know about what God wants from me or humanity as a whole. All I know is I hear what you are saying way over there on the right, but it's making me turn more and more to the left where they hold charity in high regard, reach out a hand to the less fortunate, and want everyone to be able to enjoy the opportunities in America. 

I truly believe that is the answer to "What would Jesus Do?"

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