Political Christianity has killed biblical Jesus and replaced him with the Fascochrist

By TheCriticalMind | 5 June 2022
Daily Kos

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“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves.” — Jesus (Matthew 22:13)

Jesus despised the religious leaders of the Israelites. He called them hypocrites who would burden others without carrying an iota of the load themselves. He saw them as the antithesis of his philosophy. And he warned the crowd in Jerusalem’s temple court to ignore them.

3 But do not do what they [the Pharisees] do, for they do not practice what they preach.

4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (Matthew 23:3-4)

He called them an impediment to the salvation he offered

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. (Matthew 23:13)

And he slammed them for being vainglorious poseurs

5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;

6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. (Matthew 23:5-7)

Two days after Jesus said these things, the ancient Pharisees got their revenge when they convinced the mob to demand that Pontius Pilate have him crucified. Today’s Pharisees are even worse. They spit on Jesus’s grave as they bury all traces of his love and charity under a mound of hateful bigotry and political subversion. And in his place promote a white-nationalist, English-speaking, gun-toting Fascochrist.

There are two kinds of Christians in America. There are religious Christians — who honor their Savior by treating others as they want others to treat them. By loving the stranger. And by taking care of the poor and afflicted. And there are political Christians who use a twisted interpretation of the Bible to accumulate power and wealth while whipping the mob into a frenzy by hating on immigrants, minorities, women, and Democrats.

These hypocrites call themselves “pro-life” while promoting gun massacres. They sanctify fetuses while condemning poor children to suffer. They kick the downtrodden. Spit on the foreigner. And shower hate on anyone outside their white, cisgender heteronormative cabal.

The poster children for these unChristian Christians are conservative evangelicals. But not so far behind is the senior management of the American Catholic Church. And as their numbers shrink — they have declined from 24% of the population in 2006 to 14% today — conservative evangelicals have become increasingly desperate to cling to their power with voter purges, voting hurdles, gerrymandering, and court-packing.

Their rhetoric has become more strident as they scare the mob with the “Great Replacement Theory” and dire warnings of CRT, obscenity, and the LGTBQ+ agenda lurking between the covers of school books and hovering on the lips of brainwashing seducers masquerading as teachers.

The base is so far down the rabbit hole that 64% of Republicans believe that whites suffer as much from racial discrimination as Blacks. And they believe their religious freedoms are being stripped away – despite Christians holding almost 90% of Congressional seats and nearly every governorship. And while their co-religionists pack state legislatures and infect the courts.

So successful has their agenda been that they are on the verge of striping women of a constitutional right they have had for 49 years. And America, nominally the most Christian country in the developed world, spends less than the average OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) country on social welfare.

It is fundamentalist Christain propaganda that the US was founded as a Christian country — ignoring that the Founders could not have been more clear that it was not. And they demand America return to Judeo/Christian values — despite the fact they never enumerate what those are. Or say how they differ from Hindu values. Or atheist values.

Like the Pharisees of Jesus’ acquaintance, these modern religious leaders do not practice what they preach. And they have poisoned the mind of their congregations while those congregations ignore fundamental morality. The Bible Belt is home to the most violent and crime-ridden states in the US. If you want to avoid being shot, head to the Northeast, home to a scad of non-believers. The Bible Belt can also boast of high rates of divorce and STDs. Which of these are Christian values?

If you judge evangelicals by their deeds, their “values” are greed, dishonesty, discrimination, cruelty, sadism, and fearmongering. They are the worst of the worst. They are people who Jesus would have warned his disciples and followers to avoid. And the ones least likely to sit with him in heaven.

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