To The Daily: I appreciated Eric Fleischauer's Dec. 30 column pointing out the contradictions and hypocrisies in the political views of many Christians in Alabama and elsewhere.
The truth is that the conservative Christianity prevalent in our state has been swallowed up in and co-opted by the Republican Party, so that these supposed followers of Jesus now heed that party's directives instead of the New Testament's.
No wonder some of them imagine Jesus as a Mercedes-driving, Rolex-wearing capitalist CEO with an NRA button on his lapel.
No wonder the actual Jesus, who owned nothing but the clothes on his back, spent almost all of his time among the poor and oppressed, healed without charge, was gentle in spirit and spoke of loving even one's enemies is foreign to them!
So these supposed followers of the Prince of Peace support unhindered gun ownership, the death penalty and America's wars.
They claim to worship one who said the truth would set us free, but would gladly do away with public education.
They violently oppose abortion in Jesus' name, yet also stand against all social programs which help the poor, caring little about what happens to persons after they are born.
They accuse supporters of our current president of being socialists, conveniently overlooking the fact that the first organization of the church at Jerusalem was a socialistic system in which everyone shared what they had so that the needs of all could be met.
This was put in place by the Apostles, those who'd been closest to Jesus, presumably because they felt this is how he would have wanted it done.
My suggestion to them for 2013 is, read the Bible for yourself with an open mind.
You might be surprised what's in there.
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