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Old 12-23-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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This is a phenomenon I've never really understood is why those that are heavily christian, are also heavily republicans. If you really think about it besides abortion views, Jesus was a liberal. Not a leftest republican or democrat, but a full-blown green party tree hugging flaming liberal.
The teachings are about living frugally, to help the poor, to only live with what you need and give your unneeded wealth away. To open your doors to the needy and that greed is evil. Even how Jesus is depicted in looking, long hair, beard, sandals, pretty much exactly like hippies of the 60's.
It just seems to make sense that if you are a true follower of the bible, you would be a hardcore liberal, not a conservative.

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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I've always thought of the depiction of Jesus in the Bible as that of a straight up hippy and a 'commie'. [edit]Besides, he was a rebel against authority along the lines of Che and Fidel Castro. Jesus if he existed at all was to the left of Noam Chomsky.

So, yeah, good question - why are the Republicans using old JC as their figurehead?
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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Rank-n-file Fundamentalist Christians and Republicans share a common, core constitution - unthinking obedience to authority.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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I've always thought of the depiction of Jesus in the Bible as that of a straight up hippy and a 'commie'. [edit]Besides, he was a rebel against authority along the lines of Che and Fidel Castro. Jesus if he existed at all was to the left of Noam Chomsky. So, yeah, good question - why are the Republicans using old JC as their figurehead?
He and his disciples didn't take bread or circuses from the Romans.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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Republican party is more family friendly. Pro-life and pro-independent people. By the way Jesus never said we should live off the government, in fact He wanted us to separate from the government---give to God what belonged to God and to government what belonged to government (many today think more and more of out things belong to the government.) Those who did not work would not eat kind of thing. St. Paul wrote that to Christians in his letters.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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Republican party is more family friendly. Pro-life and pro-independent people. By the way Jesus never said we should live off the government, in fact He wanted us to separate from the government---give to God what belonged to God and to government what belonged to government (many today think more and more of our things belong to the government.) Those who did not work would not eat kind of thing. St. Paul wrote that to Christians in his letters.
I have met a lot of Christians who believe that God created the Government.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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I'm heavily Christian, and a liberal Democrat.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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I have met a lot of Christians who believe that God created the Government.
We need a government but we don't need a greedy one.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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We need a government but we don't need a greedy one.
Well . . Pray to God.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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There are a good number of Christian Democrats out there. A lot of my family is Christian Democrat.

That said, one of the reasons there is a lot of overlap between being Christian and Republican is because the Republican party does line up with a lot of what the Bible teaches. For example the Bible has a bunch of verses about cherishing life, which many Christians understand includes not aborting a fetus, and the official Republican stance on abortion is pro-life (though obviously individual members have their own opinions too). A lot of Christians also believe homosexuality is a sin and use some Bible verses to back it up, and the Republican Party as a whole advocates limiting the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. So in other words, a lot of the values line up.

That said there are many Christians who follow those values for themselves but don't necessarily believe in forcing those values on all of society, so while they may personally not want to have an abortion or marry someone of the same sex, they don't necessarily advocate that legislation because they believe others should be able to choose for themselves and come to their own conclusions.

There are also Christians who believe strongly in remaining politically neutral. They often believe that they are here to represent God's Kingdom, so they shouldn't get caught up in the politics of any particular country or group. The Jehovah's Witnesses are an example of this view. They believe that getting involved in politics is putting faith and trust in humans, but humans aren't trustworthy or dependable because they die and they can only do so much. Jehovah (a.k.a. God), on the other hand, isn't dying anytime soon and can make changes on a much larger scale, so it makes much more sense to depend on him.

And of course there is a lot of variety among Christians and among Republicans. Not all Christians and not all Republicans share identical beliefs about everything. It's best just to get to know someone individually and find out what they believe.
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