A Word On Right Wing Christianity


Republicans have a fondness for quoting the Old Testament.  This is problematic, as Yale Divinity School professor Joel S. Baden explains in this Politico article:

Marco Rubio Is Tweeting the Most Republican Part of the Bible

Of course, the Bible is non-partisan. Or pre-partisan. It’s wise not to read (or tweet) too selectively, as Baden remarks, “One might advise Rubio to read, and tweet, more widely: from Ecclesiastes, perhaps, or from prophets such as Amos: “Because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of stone—but you shall not live in them” (Amos 5:11).”

Or perhaps those in favor of a travel ban might reflect upon the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt:

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,  and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”  Matthew 2: 13 – 15

To put a finer point on it, the Holy Family fled into Egypt, fearing persecution and death. They were refugees in a strange land.


5 thoughts on “A Word On Right Wing Christianity

  1. Bob English

    In my opinion, scripture is nothing more than another entry into the world of literature. No special privilege, nothing more than the opinions of some fairly intelligent folks who tried to explain the unexplainable…just another series of stories, some wonderful, some horrible. Remember, these people had no idea of germs, atoms or where the sun went at night. The American Indians have many such stories which we dismiss as myth. Nothing different here. So to quote it, wither OT or NT, is no different that quoting Shakespeare.
    But that’s just my opinion.


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