A great evil is looming over the United States. It could make the dark ages look cheery and bright. It’s the religion of fundamental protestant evangelical Christianity or the religious right. The same people who put President Bush in the White House. And will put John McCain there, if they collectively decide to support him.
They see themselves as the messengers of God. A people with some rather twisted religious doctrines. Just several will be discussed with this posting. With all of them being discussed in a brief manner.
First the religious right is primary responsible for many of the troubles America is encountering today. With one of the main culprits being capitalism. The religious right is the modern day extension of puritan Christianity that plagued and terrorized so many at the inception of this nation. They laid the foundation for the economic theory of capitalism in this country.
The proponents of capitalism assert that profit for the nations elite occurs because of the mysterious hand of God working in the market place. Nothing could be further from the truth. Because, God had nothing to do with their market place exploitation of the working public. The elite were made rich through the brutal sub-human working and living conditions of laboring Americans.
Americas labor unions provided laboring Americans with the economics necessary for many to escape their sub-human living and working conditions. Causing economist to classify these people as middle class Americans. But when people live from paycheck to paycheck, they are all still very poor. The extension of credit has made many feel they are more prosperous then they really are.
For over two hundred years, puritan capitalism has ravaged this nation and the world community. That era of history is ending. Its doom was launched when the Muslim world attack the United States 9/11 2001. Each succeeding year the sheering of economic difficulties has plundered laboring peoples economic survival to ground zero. Laboring people are being strangled to death by the destroyed housing market. Along with the daily rising of gasoline prices with no end in sight. And with the outrageous rising food prices. While the elite, in these industries continue to prosper. With the oil conglomerates showing record profits again for the first quarter of this year. And it will continue, for the next three quarters of this year. Unless the American people put an end to such elitist exploitation of their money and social welfare.
In order for capitalism growth and survival three forces are necessary. The rich or elite depend on religion as the glue that holds their power together. In America, that religion is puritan protestant evangelical Christianity. This religion of the religion right holds sway over millions of Americans. There leaders than in collaboration with the nations corporate conglomerates put together a government. From time to time, these three bicker among each other. But their differences are always smooth over because each knows that their independent survival depends on the collective survival of the other.
Think of that in terms of the office of the presidency, the congress and the courts and you gain insight into why nothing really changes for laboring Americans.
It is time for Americans to put an end to this calamity of suffering and do away with this American system of exploitation. It is done through the preaching of the gospel as touched upon in the two previous postings.
Next on the list of twisted religious doctrines of the religious right. Is that they see themselves, as having the responsibility to take their religion to the four corners of the world. With all the fruits of deception discussed above and without respect for culture or custom. Any religion that disrespects the customs and cultures of any people is not Christ based. Our Christian duty is to preach the gospel as noted in Revelation 14:6. When a person embraces Christ, and experiences his life changing power. Forbidden biblical customs of their culture will be eliminated with new birth miracle of all things becoming new and old things passing away, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Where they have disrespected the customs and cultures of a people, they reap havoc and chaos. Take for example, the genocide of Native Americans. The forced slavery of African Americans. Where customs and culture were set aside by force. Because the customs, and culture were considered subversive to the interest of Christianity, capitalism and the U.S. government.
It works best when religious zealots can combine their efforts with corporate and government complicity. Which is the nations history, and most definitely is occurring all across the country today and around the world. But its economic power and influence is losing its global grip, as Americans begin to experience its economic pinch.
Since the inception of this country the religious right, or protestant evangelical fundamentalists has distorted scripture. They have seen themselves as the moral arm of the state. Their sole aim is to proselyte by persuasion or force which in itself is a form of torture. This is done in order to gain converts to their hard line religious fundamentalism. Often they employ scare tactics of eternal life in heaven, as opposed to spending eternity in hell. That is the proselytizing by persuasion which is the mention form of torture. Both doctrines are erroneous and have been discussed in previous postings. Leaving no need for reiteration. Other than to say, such doctrines keep the bank accounts of these churches operating in the black. Fear of the unknown sells well. Especially when a way is declared to the escaping of hell.
It also helps these churches to escape the responsibility of teaching the ethics and liberation doctrines emphasized by Jesus. As he demanded economic, and social equality. As a consequence of the gospel being preached to the community of people, with its accompanying new birth experience.
For the religious right, tolerance can not exist outside of their world view of Biblical interpretation. An example would be the Salem Witch Hunts. Every behavior is judged by a their religious standards. One of their most dangerous scriptural edicts is found in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves.” That encompasses all customs and cultures that are outside of their very narrow theological mind set. That includes many Christian denominations!!! The wolf is a very magnificent beautiful creature. One that looks harmless, but is capable of sudden destruction. To the religious right the wolf is symbolic of the Devil and demoniac possession. So all people, as individuals or groups who perform good deeds to better humanity. But do not perform those good deeds, by their religious standards. They are servants of Satan, and possessed by a demon. They just are not aware of this demonic possession. That is the task of the religious right. To deliver individuals and the nation from the grip of Satan. Using such scriptural tactics has caused great division among protestant Christianity. Leaving the Church splintered and powerless to confront the Churches real enemies. This constitutes, yet another series of their twisted religious doctrines.
The religious right has a standard by which they measure good works either by individuals or organizations. It’s found in, Luke 6:43-45, a good tree brings forth good fruit not bad fruit. Verse 44, ” every tree is known by its own fruit….” Verse 45, ” A good man out of the treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings forth that which is evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
From the religious right perspective, here are some examples of behaviors either by individuals or organizations that do not bear good fruit. The United Nations, The World Council of Churches, Muslim Federations, Jewish Federations which must be differentiated from the state of Israel. Abortion providers and gay organizations, of course. Along with all the people who seek their services. Not to be left out is the United States Government!!! Which is why the religious right works so hard to put one of their candidates in the White House. Candidates like President Bush, who identifies, and attempts to perpetuate the agenda of the religious right. With one of their ministers serving as his spiritual adviser.The list is endless for organizations and individuals who bare rotten fruit by the standards of the religious right. No matter how desirable the end results might be. They can not ultimately bare of good fruit. They are “Wolves” in Sheep’s clothing made clear in verse forty five. It is accurate to say that they will not bare good fruit. But they are not the ravening wolves Jesus discussed. The ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing are religions like Islam. Pretending to be divinely inspired by the very God of Jesus Christ. Islam is not alone in this category. Any religion, that denies the life changing experience through Jesus Christ is a member that exclusive club.
In order to simplify Biblical doctrines which allow for works to bare good fruit. Fruits acceptable to the religious right. They must emerge from the embracement of the fundamental evangelical protestant conservative Biblical doctrines. Often espoused by independent churches; along with many Baptist Churches.
To be a member of the religious right you pretty much have to be very dispensational in your theology. Dispensational theologians and their followers see the world divided into seven dispensations of time. They believe the world is now near the end of time. The return of Christ is eminent and could occur today. To them the hour is so urgent. They must fulfill their mission of proselytizing the world community to their religious belief system. While handing the world community, to corporate conglomerates, and the American government for the trio’s exploitation.
It is the goal of the religious right to influence the domestic and foreign policies of our government so as to hasten the fulfillment of certain prophecies. Only adding to the difficulties and suffering of the American public. All because of another series of twisted religious doctrines by the religious right.
Generally, they offer offenders (sinners) the opportunity to repent. When that does not work, they have used brutal barbaric force. How else would one describe the experiences of Native Americans, African Americans and the victims of the Salem witch hunts. Sure it’s history that can not be repeated in this modern era; some may argue. But other tactics are available. Persuasion and torture can take upon itself different forms. One form of such violence can be verbal. Verbal violence has one aim. That aim is to persuade gently if possible. If necessary, verbal violence escalates to absolute humiliation. That represents torture because the goal is to destroy the individual or group psychic. That has been one tactic used by the religious right. They attempt to persuade using all forms of communication available to spread the influence of their world view. If that does not work, the next step is to employ force. Their use of force has been the use of bombings and shootings. Not an unknown tactic of the religious right.
Perhaps as destructive as any form of force and torture the religious right employs. Is the labeling of behaviors that violates their religious dogmas. We all know something about destructive labeling. Labels like “baby killers,” “whore,” “faggot,” “liberals,” “unamerican,” “do gooders.”and that list also goes on….
The hour is urgent for the religious right. Christ is about to return. The country is mostly in the hands of the ungodly. Proof is the very people the religious right put in office failed them through the Terri Schiavo episode. If readers recall that seemingly distant history serves as a demonstrate of their determination, power and influence. Thought they lost, they managed to make their cause an international issue through various news outlets. Their power and influence is seen through out felt in every state government and the federal government. As they oppose stem cell research, universal health care, labor unions, global warming and many other causes the would benefit the American public.
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