#0049 Conservatists fail to take Jesus and His Gospel message seriously

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1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Matt: 18: 1-7 (KJV)

I ended the last posting with this scripture in Matthew. Today I’d like to further expound on the ideal that is central to this scripture in Matthew—humility. As I read some of these verses of Jesus teaching humans about humility I find them very uplifting and exhilarating to my soul; however, as I hold them up against the background of daily conservative blather and the audacious proclamations made by those who champion the conservative (supposedly) Christian cause I detect some discrepancies in the both the tone and the fabric of the two. As a matter of fact, I see a stark contrast between the words of Jesus and the words, actions and politics of conservatists such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan. One of the most popular talking points of the conservatists’ Republican Party—for as long as I can remember—has been rhetoric having to do with balancing the budgets. They put up this balancing of the government budgets as the most important imperative to which we, as the greater U.S. community can aspire! Fiscal responsibility, they say, is job-one in our combined quest for the betterment of the American people. If the likes of congress, the president and state officials (like governors) can achieve this goal of balancing the budget and becoming fiscally responsible then God will surely reward us, as a people, for doing so.

In my home state of Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder campaigned on the promise to balance the state budget and he has been able to achieve that goal; but has done so, largely on the backs of poor people. How he is able to do this is through a Law he got passed which is referred to as the Michigan Emergency Manager Law which is supposed to focus on balancing the municipal budgets in failing Michigan cities. Check out this link to an article from March 2013…

Michigan Emergency Manager Law In Effect In 6 Cities After Detroit Appointment

What developed in Detroit as the Emergency Manager was trying to get the city fiscally responsible left 10, 000s of poor people without water. Evidently their water bills were too high, the department of water and sewer simply turned off their water as a way of forcing them to pay their bills.

 The City of Detroit Withheld Water From 40,000 People–So Activists Tapped the Mayor’s Mansion

The latest evidence of this Emergency Management law becoming more and more of a failed concept is manifesting in the City of Flint, MI where efforts to balance that city’s budget has prompted the Emergency Manager to make some very poor decisions, to say the least. Flint’s entire water system has been poisoned by lead and Governor Snyder is now back-peddling with all his might to skirt or divert the blame and say that the evidence of any wrong doing on the part of his Emergency Manager isn’t conclusive. When asked by a reporter a few days ago whether he thought that the state (of Michigan) will have to kick in additional funds in order to fix the problem, Gov. Snyder, still focused on the budget imperative,  responded, “We’ve already made major contributions. Let’s get the facts; let’s keep working on this. Let’s remember water isn’t the only source of lead. And so we need to make sure we’re encouraging people to look at other places that can create a threat.” This is a real Never mind that man behind the curtain kind of response, is it not?! [Look for this approx. 14 minutes into the segment].  Flint toxic water tragedy points directly to Michigan Gov. Snyder

So what does this have to do with God and Jesus, you ask? It’s not the individual points that reveal the hypocrisy and lack of humility in the em oh of these conservatists, it’s in their overall message that we see them failing to follow Jesus and their resistance to His gospel message—even though they claim (with vigor) to be believers in Him and followers of His word.

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matt. 18: 3 (KJV)

The conservatists make a point to all of us liberal heathens that it is they who are the real and true believers in God. What’s more it’s the faith they collectively have in Him that fills their sails and moves them forwards toward a more Godley situation. When using their Christian vernacular they will be heard making noises about how important it is to be a born-again or saved Christian. They speak as though their salvation was a 1-time event experienced at their church like a baptism or an altar call sort of deal; but look at verse 3 again where Jesus says, “Except ye become converted and become like little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” In the past 5 or 6 postings I have been pointing out conservatist politicians who have been getting a ton of purchase riding a wave of religious and self-righteous rhetoric. In the process they’ve been cutting a swath of character carnage though huge numbers of human undesirables [from their conservatist perspectives]. To these politicians and to all of their religious supporters I ask: where is your humility (which evidently Jesus is looking for)? Does your baptism and/or alter call experience exempt you from this humility component?

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matt. 18: 4 (KJV)

 

 

TBC: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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