The religious left…

There is a major problem growing in this world right now. I see for instance all over “Christian” bloggers such as Scott McKnight, Pete Enns, and even another one I follow–Fr. Jonathan, an Episcopal priest.

There is a dominant problem that is emerging. They have been taking the heat on Christians who have supported Pres. Trump’s policies. Especially his refugee policies. They tend to have turned a blind eye toward the cries of those who have been ill-effected by refugees in our society. Pre-dominantly because there have been many of these refugees that have either been ill-assimilated and refuse to accept the U.S. culture of our valued freedoms.

Specifically, one letter read at the end of the Tucker Carlson Tonight February 27 episode of 2017 details significantly the problem of a husband of one school teacher in Arizona whose class is heavily populated by refugees who bring in their culture of fighting and have taught the other students that fighting is okay. Or we have the issue of Sweden with its high rape rates, influx of refugees, and it’s Democratic Socialist party on the rise at the same exact time (Sweden, formerly very libertarian and a bed-rock of capitalism). We also have Germany, Turkey, France, etc. And yet the concerns of Christians who have chosen to side with others who are concerned about these problems with receiving refugees are dismissed by other Christians. “Christians” who are generally a part of organisations such as World Relief or benefit financially off refugee programs ironically.

Do we not see a problem here? The problem is not that there are Christians legitimately concerned about the ideologies that refugees bring with them. Particularly, radical Islamist ideologies brought by many of these refugees that they still attempt to cling to in a society that is in direct conflict with ideologies held by the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, al-Qaeda, etc. And yet these “Christians” who support such refugee programs benefitting from funds received by the federal government constantly tell other Christians who have these legitimate concerns that they are opposing Christ’s way of life. They stand in direct opposition to Christ. Then why don’t you house refugees yourself? None of these refugee organisations actually houses a single refugee. They re-settle the refugee some where else that the refugees become someone else’s problem. And then they consistently swipe and state the people with legitimate concerns are not holding to Christian or American values.

See the problem yet? There is, out here, what I have now been terming the religious left. The religious left is the coalition of progressive “Christians” who have conflated Democratic Party values with Christian values for the sole reason that they financially profit off these gains and their big government gains. It is not Christians who voted for Trump that wanted political power. It was Christians who consistently criticise those who did who have lost political power and now want it back. Progressive “Christianity” is a dead religion. It is tied to the federal funds and now that their ideologies will no longer be funded, we should expect criticism if we pose legitimate concerns about receiving too many refugees.

“you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade”–John 2:16

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6 Responses to The religious left…

  1. Frederick Froth says:

    Never mind that back-to-the-past “conservative” Christians now form an almost unbreakable alliance with the Republican party. Signaled by the fact that many “conservative” Christian leaders openly endorsed the Chump as the necessary vehicle or for bringing “God” back to American culture, and for re-Christianizing all of USA culture too.

    But what if Christianity in all of its forms, progressive, “traditional” back-to-the-past “Catholic”, Protestant and “Orthodox” too has nothing to do with Truth & Reality, and in fact, in the case of the “traditionalist” varieties have always actively suppressed any and everyone’s access to, and more importantly Realization of the Truth.
    http://www.dabase.org/up-1-2.htm

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    • “Never mind that back-to-the-past “conservative” Christians now form an almost unbreakable alliance with the Republican party.”
      I wonder if that is because the Republican Party of itself is quite diverse that one can believe in heavy government restrictions, religious freedom, and freedom of speech while still being Christian.
      “Signaled by the fact that many “conservative” Christian leaders openly endorsed the Chump as the necessary vehicle or for bringing “God” back to American culture, and for re-Christianizing all of USA culture too.”
      I think that Warren Jeffress would explain to you that his endorsement had nothing to do with claiming an American theocracy but rather something to do with the freedom of religion.

      The main point my article made which you seem to have missed by creating a straw-man is that the religious left has organisations with immediate ties to governmental funding. Such as the refugee programs that they claim if someone supports their suspension, then they have given up on Christianity. Were these allegedly “back-to-the-past” Christians actively engaging in governmentally funded programs and claiming those not supporting them were un-Christian or were they just simply concerned with the Constitution of the U.S.? I think if you ask the vast majority of them, they will generally give the answer that the big government was a threat to the Constitution, threatened religious freedom, threatened individual human freedom, threatened freedom of speech, etc.

      “But what if Christianity in all of its forms, progressive, “traditional” back-to-the-past “Catholic”, Protestant and “Orthodox” too has nothing to do with Truth & Reality, and in fact, in the case of the “traditionalist” varieties have always actively suppressed any and everyone’s access to, and more importantly Realization of the Truth.”
      I think your comment assumes that Protestantism in all of its forms is true (or the most truthful). While Protestants actively participated in bringing us the Enlightenment principles that our U.S. government operates on, Protestantism has been one of the worst and heaviest dividers of universal Christianity.

      This article had nothing to do with what form of Christianity is true so if you want to discuss that, bring it to a more relevant article. Nor do I plan to exhaust time on my blog with an equally foolish “is Christianity true” debate. If you want to do this, again, you will have to find a new article or new blog to troll. I will tell your mind is finite and so there is no possible way that you know what Truth looks like at all and no way I know. I could be wrong on everything.

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    • https://theologicalrejuvenation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/the-soul-of-scot-mcknight/
      See my post here–specifically, the question on the political aspect of Evangelical Christianity

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  2. Frederick Froth says:

    And why not read the essay by Sarah Posner on the very un-holy alliance of right wing Christians with the very worst of right-wing politics: it is titled titled Amazing Disgrace.
    What is described in that essay is the manifestation of the phenomenon described in the prophetic book by Chris Hedges titled American Fascists & The War Against America.
    Plus check out the progressive deeply human website The Open Tabernacle re the very unholy applied right-wing politics of the “catholic” church.
    Perhaps you prefer the right-wing so called “conservative” christian politics described in this despicable movie, the producer of which is now the Chumps principle advisor http://www.torchbearermovie.com

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    • “And why not read the essay by Sarah Posner on the very un-holy alliance of right wing Christians with the very worst of right-wing politics: it is titled titled Amazing Disgrace.”
      Possner’s essay is very emotionally charged and is attempting to talk about why Christians did an allegedly un-Christian thing by supporting Donald Trump. This can be answered in one simple double-cutting sword–Hillary Clinton was a major fan of abortion-on-demand and threatened taxing churches to support something they have always decried as immoral while at the same time declaring Catholicism a “medieval dictatorship” and hammering Evangelicals who chose to forgive Trump and Trump vowed to be pro-life, defund Planned Parenthood, and enable religious freedom.
      Also, after declaring Trump to be a sexual predator, I couldn’t read any more of it. Do we have evidence that he was a sexual predator? No. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. Possner is also very obsessed with the mainstream media and treats them on par with Gospel truth herself.

      “Plus check out the progressive deeply human website The Open Tabernacle re the very unholy applied right-wing politics of the “catholic” church.”
      Which unholy right wing politics of the Catholic Church? I was unaware that opposing abortion and contraceptives were regressive. Or that the Church needed to change its view on human sexuality which contrary to most people nowadays actually tells you that you don’t need sex every single minute of the day. You might consider that regressive but some find that discipline to be a removal of a huge social burden.

      “Perhaps you prefer the right-wing so called “conservative” christian politics described in this despicable movie, the producer of which is now the Chumps principle advisor”
      Before giving me a lecture on Reality, you may want to study the difference between Phil Robertson and Steve Bannon.
      Further, I’m both a critic of Trump and a supporter. I think he is doing many good things or at least trying but also has a lot of bad policies as well. I am not a Republican or a Democrat but a Libertarian.

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    • Apologies–you said director, not the main producer.
      I agree with the politics as long as they are in line with Christian social teaching but if you are only here to debate the “backwardsness” of Christianity, don’t expect a response from me.
      Bannon actually is an incredibly smart character who has some solid views. I think like you and me he is flawed and goes over the top so I’m not going to say I agree with the movie but I am certain there’s good things in the movie and I haven’t even seen the movie.
      I feel like you’ve come here on this blog and have declared that I must be a far-right supporter simply because I made a criticism of the association of government in Christianity.
      I do not support Christians’ usage of government on the right or left for their political end. But if Christians find values in Enlightenment principles such as the U.S. Constitution, decide to value freedom of religion, freedom of speech, etc., I’m not going to try and state they are using government for wicked purposes. Because they aren’t. Therefore, I can’t condemn far-right Christians even if I don’t agree with their stances on immigration unless they flat out declare themselves as racists.

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