Column by Robert Taylor.
"So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." ~ Matthew 7:12
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On
these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." ~ Matthew 37:40
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." ~ Matthew 5:9
It is truly amazing what politics
and the State have done to Christianity--and nowhere is this more
evident than the recent GOP "debate" in South Carolina. While Newt
received raucous applause and standing ovations as he reveled in thirst
for Muslim blood, Ron Paul was booed and jeered for arguing in favor of Christ's admonition and a Golden Rule foreign policy.
This is what the evil Republicans
have done to the good and decent instincts of most Christians. They have
accused "the Left" of wanting to destroy their religion, their country,
and their way of life while advocating a Mussoliniesque program of
torture, endless war, empire--and wallowing in it.
While wrapping their socialism,
statism, and megalomania is "family values," they rail against abortion
while turning a blind eye to the mass murder of innocents committed by
the US government overseas in order to get the Evangelical vote. Paul is
the only candidate up there--probably the only national politician--who
is consistently pro-life: anti-abortion, anti-war, and anti-capital
punishment. Like John the Baptist screaming in the wilderness, Paul is
more prophet than politician, and a statesman--and more importantly, he
represents a philosophy--that any Christian who truly values the words and deeds of Christ should support.
When Romney or Santorum or Newt or
any other of these fascists takes over the White House and government
spending skyrockets and nothing that Christ valued is even remotely
closer to a reality, I will have no pity for those who cheered on the
bloodshed. You reap what you sow.
I only hope that this will make
Christians realize that ethics and morality are completely and utterly
destroyed by the State, politics, elections, and the right of some
individuals to defy natural law and claim for themselves the right to
initiate aggression against the innocent with no punishment,
accountability, or apology. And although nearly all political movements
try to claim Jesus as a champion of their philosophy, like nearly all
great historic and prophetic figures in history, Jesus was essentially