For those of you who do not know who Tony Perkins is, he is speaking out in defense of the 1% and as an SELF-APPOINTED expert against the Occupy movement. He expounds his form of theology and the Bible and claims we are all born with equal chances and have the same chance of making wealth as everyone else and that Jesus loved the marketer and quotes from one parable of the Bible. I do not doubt and question that Christ does love everyone including the poor and the middle class as well.
Tony was on CNN this morning quoting what I feel is the problem that is endangering our economy as well as our Democracy and strikes me as a pathetic grasp to justify the greed taking place in America through the Republican Party and equally misguided, in my opinion, statements. I do not deny him his right to voice his opinion or CNN the right to air it, as after all we are still a Democracy and one of the greatest in the World.
I would like to tell Tony that everyone is not born with the same opportunities as others and that too is in the Bible. The man who is given much and buries it in the sand as versus the one given little and makes it grow is a parable that Tony has twisted to serve his own purposes.
Tell the parents of children who are born pre-mature, with cerebral palsy,serious autism, with incurable heart disease, or cancer or their brain missing, that we are all born with equal opportunity. Tell those who are not Christian in America, Tell the Black, Hispanic,Arabs,Indians, etc., people who are born Gay that they are not denied the same rights and have an equal chance as the white heterosexual Christian male in America, and try to say it with a straight face and denial of the lie. Tell those who have to combat high medical costs when they have a sick child or becomes sick themselves or injured in an accident, and lose all they gained, that we are all given the same chance and therefore Jesus loves the marketer over the person that needs to ask for help of those who have gained their wealth on the backs of the middle class and the poor. We will never agree but my experience after knowing many of these families is that the great majority of all of these people will put the marketer to shame in the eyes of Jesus.
The problem with many of the Evangelical and Fundamentalist Churches in America is they have sprung up over night, in many cases, and been ordained a Church by charismatic people who do not know Theology, nor ever will study Theology, but instead have read the Bible to justify their own stand in life. Some of their ministers received their ministry from an outfit that sales ministry degrees out of their back doors or on the internet for a fee. In too many ways we Americans have lost sense of our own ability to think for ourselves and as a result of it, we have been betrayed and taken advantage of.
Just like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, they can twist everything around, to justify their stand and too many of these Churches are doing this to people who attend because they are sincere and do want to know and find God and Jesus. We see it in the Baptists and other established religions as well. There are renegade ministers and priests in the established Churches,who are teaching hate and greed to their congregations. They have brought an unequal burden onto the backs of those who are not given an equal chance and instead they are using the Bible against those who Christ made clear we all have a moral obligation to help and to defend.
For those who would deny this, then I suggest while reading your Bible you remember the parable where the business men showed up to hawk their wares in the street of the parade held yearly for the poor and Christ threw them all out of the Temple because they were taking advantage of the poor. These were not all widows as Tony claims the marketers are supposed to give to. They were the poor workers and of all persuasions.
When the widow Lady gave a penny and the wealthy scoffed at her Christ scolded the crowd and pointed out she gave much more than they had,as she had far less to give. The most important parable in the Bible that gets overlooked by the greedy is the one that says,”It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to gain Heaven.”
Despite this attitude in America throughout these Churches including the Mormon Religion that teaches.” God or Christ smiles on the wealthy”, this is not close to the general consensus of what Christ taught. Christianity that is committed to the concept of Christ does teach.”That to those who have been given much, much is expected of them.” This especially includes the marketers who have gained their wealth on the backs of their workers.
To justify this by giving voice and protection to the 1% is exactly what Christ preached against. Sorry Tony, but you are only feeding your and the selfish and greedy attitudes that have arisen and entered into the Republican Party today. We the voters need to help these Republicans to see the light by laying these elected hypocrites off from their jobs in 2012.
Every economist whoever studied the economy are all in agreement that the better the poor and middle class do in an economy the better the economy and shared responsibility is for everyone, including the wealthy. When the marketer plays fair we all enjoy a healthy economy.
The more we embrace diversity the stronger is our Democracy, as well. Yes folks, I am one of those educated liberals who embraces Christianity and the beliefs of those found all over in the Blue States, even though you have been warned against us. Actually I am more of a moderate but if we are Democrat then we are all lumped together and called liberal by them. You will hear that people like myself are not Christian but instead; Socialist,Calvinist,Agnostic,Atheist,Communists and/or even obstructionists. There is no end to the labels that so-called Christians can and will apply to people like myself, because for anyone who may accept that I am indeed a Christian, then I could be a danger or taken seriously if I was ever to challenge their bigotry and/or teachings.
That Rick Perry would have you all believe that we are all Godless and trying to take Christ out of Christmas, I can only say he wasted his money on the ad in Iowa, while he spewed his own brand of bigotry and hate. A little humor aside, did you notice he had on the identical coat worn by the actor who played the gay cowboy in the movie while he disparaged gays and that the GOP are not celebrating a Christmas Party but instead a Holiday Party tonight?? I beg to differ with those who would believe that crap about educated Liberals or people who vote in the Blue States and question instead, just how many real Christians are there in the Red States?
Just as the patriotic do not have to display their patriotism by wearing a flag pin, those who live their Faith, do not need to display or advertise their Faith. If we truly believe in and live our Faith, the pleasure or displeasure, we bring to God and Jesus, should remain private with Them. Charity broadcast is not charity but ego. Action talks–Bulls**t walks. Help me to help the Republican Party by getting rid of the Tea Party, the hypocrites and those who protect the 1% and not electing more in 2012. The proud old GOP needs to return to the real values of the people, by the people, and for the people.