Proverbs for Politicians
Every election we rehash the distribution of wealth question. Rather than focusing upon equitable solutions, candidates often look for an opportunity to paint their opponent as an extremist.
In the United States you can count upon being warned about socialism, but the "donkey" doesn't "pin the tail upon the elephant" about fascism (the more imminent danger). There is something enabling whenever fascists are allowed to "fly under the radar" without warning. It's a question of values and the worth of a dog that just won't bark when it needs to. Liberalism is unacceptable with one party; evidently both are comfortable with the encroachment of fascism.
Pardon the sarcasm; America is safe from fascism because nobody recognizes it. I doubt that this seven - letter F bomb will ever be heard slipping over a politician's open microphone. Just don't go to the dictionary; fascism is a unique word that gets a different definition in most every dictionary. It is hard to ascertain a claim when one can't define what fascism is and why it matters.
I'd classify what has been transpiring as economic fascism with a merging of state and corporate power that has diluted the American middle class. The benefactor's greed has gained them great wealth and with it arrogant contempt for those trying to avoid serfdom. Fascism is decidedly anti-liberal, they will have no mercy with those struggling... all they want is to maximize profit and aren't all that interested in an environmentally sustainable, socially just, peaceful world.
Long time readers of Ex-Minister know that I won't touch upon politics until it treads upon my field of specialty... it has. The Republican National Convention blew this ex-minister's mind. They brought on the Oak Ridge Boys to sing Amazing Grace, which speaks of the grace and mercy of Jesus. Prayer was referred to frequently. A critical mind would have to marvel about how the GOP and fundamentalist Christians have managed to flip Jesus into an image more to their liking.
Jesus was not a fascist! Anyone with minimal reading comprehension skills knows that the rich or greedy weren't comfortable with Jesus being around. Jesus didn't turn a blind eye towards their deeds, in fact they upset him so that he confronted the moneychangers and overturned their tables in the temple. Jesus was one of the most significant liberals of all time and yet his name was bandied about like he was a conservative delegate about to cast his vote for the GOP candidate.
I'm not a liberal, yet I'd say that a majority of the secular movement is. Liberal atheists are too stupid to realize that they hurt their own liberal cause by destroying Jesus' message. Fascism and atheism's goals intersect at the destruction of Jesus' mandate of caring for the poor. Kill true Christianity, appease a fascist.
I think that the secular movement has got religion all wrong. The closer I look at the Christian version of religion something becomes more and more apparent. Something so simple... it is profound; I find that what we dislike about religion... ISN'T religion at all.
For the record, I'd like to submit some mighty fine principles of religion contained within the Book of Proverbs. I'll call them "Proverbs for Politicians".
Proverbs regarding the poor:
14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
28: 15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
29: 7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
31: 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Proverbs regarding war:
20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel; and with good advice make war.
24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs for political campaigns:
14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy is rottenness of the bones.
17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
17:20 "He that hath a forward heart findeth no good"
21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
21: 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander is a fool.
11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
Tell me dear secular movement religion hater, do you object to any of these Proverbs?
Groups like the "Family or Fellowship" and the GOP have gotten away with bastardizing Christianity and they have the audacity to openly espouse such bunk because the fundamentalists are too greedy or unintelligent to notice. Damn the creed, the party is energized by greed (sarcasm). Fascism smiles all the way to the bank and doesn't object to Jesus name being bandied about because they have transformed his liberal concern for the poor into a prosperity message touting success and prosperity (Beiber and Tebow). Fox doesn't champion the Lutheran or Catholic on the other side of the tracks because that is the wrong version of Christianity.
Its time that we as a people do some serious thinking and educate the public about how we got into the mess we are in. I'd like to launch an idea more revolutionary than the Occupy movement. It is a non-violent noble cause that would satisfy the revenge many of us feel for all the wrong done in the name of religion. Let's restore Jesus' message of compassion and thwart the fascists! Rather than destroy Christianity, let us labor to wrestle for what which was pilfered away by concentrated wealth and a simple-minded clergy that was impotent to resist the hi-jacking.
Jesus did some good, but as a non-believing secularist I must note that even "God incarnate" himself couldn't accomplish his social goals before he was put down. One doesn't have to accept Biblical claims to see the value of his social message. The best way to clean up the church would be to get it back to the revolutionary message of it's founder... the message that still survives in a few liberal churches that are intelligent and compassionate about the human condition. Jesus laid out the blue print that combated fascism; it is interesting to see it dusted off in South America these days.
Worley September 11, 2012 Ex-minister.org
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