Separating Religion from Political Parties, Part One:Why Christianity Should Have Nothing to do with the Republican Party (or any of them…) This is the first of several posts I’m planning on why people of faith should not be joined at the hip with any particular political party. Paul Ryan would like for the voters to… Read more

Separating Religion from Political Parties, Part One:
Why Christianity Should Have Nothing to do with the Republican Party (or any of them…)

This is the first of several posts I’m planning on why people of faith should not be joined at the hip with any particular political party.

Paul Ryan would like for the voters to believe that he is NOT a Ayn Rand ideologue. He set up this very flattering interview at the National Review to say he’s more about Thomas Aquinas and Jack Kemp than Rand.

But his voting record and his budget proposal say something totally different. Both of these articles acknowledge that Ryan is distancing himself from Rand, and both WANT to believe that he’s more Aquinas than Rand, but BOTH conclude otherwise.

Stephen Prothero is perhaps America’s leading voice on Religious History in the U.S. right now, read his article here.

Clarence B. Jones worked with Jack Kemp and is currently Scholar in Residence at the MLK Research foundation at Stanford, read his article here.

The reason I’m writing these things is to illustrate that the GOP ticket has almost nothing to do with Christianity (I’m not suggesting that the Dem ticket does). The old adage that Christians vote GOP for morals HAS TO CHANGE. There is almost nothing moral about the Romney/Ryan ticket. Sure, they are anti-abortion. That is NOT a presidential issue, it’s a state’s rights issue which they will do NOTHING to change.

When you look at the life of Christ, did he focus on minor moral issues? No. To the prostitute he said “Don’t do it again”, to the woman at the well with multiple husbands he said “I’m the one you’re looking for”. But to the hypocrites, greedy, haters of the poor Jesus has his harshest words.

Where are your loyalties, Christians of America? It’s time to divorce yourselves from this GOP idolatry. If you want to vote for Romney because you like him, feel free. He’s a “good” guy. But don’t vote for him because you are a Christian — it just doesn’t add up.  

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