One would think that Christians, especially those who claim to be biblical in their convictions, would look first and foremost for Christlikeness of character in political candidates. Apparently not so. Conservative theology has been supplanted by conservative politics in their minds Is a candidate a truth-teller? That doesn’t seem to matter so long as he is not a liberal. Is the candidate compassionate? That doesn’t seem to matter. Even meannesss of spirit is acceptable, just so he is not a liberal. Is he a responsible, trustworthy person? Even if he has bilked thousands of people — and the government — out of money he has owed them, all that matters is that he is not a political liberal.
And we wonder why conservative Christianity is losing its last shreds of respect in our society.
Here’s a very sad line from Slate Magazine, a liberal journal:
“The spectacle of self-proclaimed Christian conservatives cheering a foul-mouthed ex-casino owner for his pledge to turn away refugees tells you pretty much everything you need to know about what the religious right has become—or maybe what it always was.”
The Christian conservatives are proving to be less loving than secular liberals. How shameful can they get? Jesus told one rich fellow to sell everything and give the proceeds to the poor. Jesus went outside the bounds of Jewish land and culture to show mercy to those who were different. Jesus never blamed the poor for being poor or the wounded for being hurt. He reserved blame for those religious folk who thought they were better than everyone else. That ought to scare the dickens out of us, eh?