In the Bible there is the story of Cain and Abel. As you probably know, Cain is insanely jealous of Abel and kills him. God then questions him on Abel’s whereabouts, to which Cain responds “am I my brother’s keeper?” This story is interpreted a number of ways, including teaching the idea of responsibility for other human beings which is a theme throughout the Bible, something conservative Christians and Republicans have forgotten in their quest for political power.
Over and over again, the Bible teaches that we have a duty to each other – especially the poor, the sick and the foreigner in a strange land. This isn’t a concept confined solely to Christianity either. Judaism teaches this, Islam teaches this, and so does just about any religion or traditional code of conduct.
What is so hypocritical is that Republicans love to say that America is a “Christian nation” but nearly everything they propose is in direct opposition to the teachings of the Bible, especially those of Jesus Christ.
Currently, Donald Trump and Republicans are trying to deny shelter to refugees fleeing persecution and murder. They’re proposing repealing Obamacare and allowing insurance companies to charge higher premiums on the elderly who can’t afford it. They want to freeze the Medicaid expansion and offer tax credits to people who won’t be able to come up with the money upfront to purchase health insurance.
Beyond that, they’re trying to cut funding for Planned Parenthood which prevents far more abortions than it performs, and provides reproductive healthcare to individuals who don’t have the fancy health insurance members of Congress do.
I’m not a Christian. I was raised as an ultra-conservative Catholic and became an atheist as an adult, but I’ve probably read the Bible more times than most Republicans have. I don’t remember Jesus saying that the poor should pull themselves up by the bootstraps or take a drug test to get help. He didn’t hang out with the rich and lobbyists, he spent his time with the people on the fringes of society and preached that the poor will be with us always.
I hate to break it to Republicans, but if you call yourselves Christians, then you need to follow the actual teachings of Christ instead of cherrypicking outdated texts to justify your greed and hatred for the poor.
If you want to make healthcare affordable, cut the bullshit and give us single-payer like the rest of the developed world. If you want to end abortion, fund Planned Parenthood and pass equal pay laws so that women don’t have to choose between feeding the children they have, or taking additional government assistance to feed and clothe another child they can’t afford.
If Republicans wanted to stop gun violence, they’d fund job training in high-crime areas and pass gun laws that specifically target criminals instead of responsible gun owners. If Republicans wanted to win the War on Drugs, they would legalize marijuana and target violent high-level cartel members rather than throwing young black men in prison for selling a dime bag of weed.
The Republican Party, despite what they claim, is the opposite of everything Jesus taught. Too bad their staunchest supporters are too blind to see the hypocrisy.