As a result of this warping of religion, solutions to the issues that plague us all, and the types of common sense legislation that could easily lead to better lives for many of us, is being ignored. I don’t understand why we are so dead set on cutting off our nose to spite our face. I read the blogs, the news, the statistics, the studies. I lay awake at night puzzling away at the patterns, and the inconsistencies. My mind keeps coming back to a single string holding this whole mess together – the GOP’s God.
As a full-fledged, card-carrying, Liberal AND God-loving woman. I am pissed. I am absolutely at my wit’s end at the GOP for using their interpretation of God as a reason to ignore what is needed for this nation. I am furious at what they have smacked the label of God onto–this idea that “God hates” or “God punishes” is of supreme insult to me. How dare the right commandeer Him that way? I mean, is it not truly narcissistic and blasphemous to dirty the idea of God with a hateful agenda?
Instead of using Him as a reason to exclude climate science from school, we should recognize Genisis 1:26 says “And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” That means we are in charge here, we have power, but as Voltaire said, “with great power comes great responsibility.” We are clearly responsible for this planet, as directed in the first chapter, within the first few pages, of the Bible. If we ignore this responsibility, if we ignore the science of climate change, we fail to serve God.
Republicans use God out of context. They infer a meaning in scripture from Jerimiah 1:5 ( “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”) that is not there. This is not a commentary on when life begins but rather a comment just like we human’s make all the time, “Before you were a sparkle in my eye, I knew….” To follow the Bible’s actual instructions, we should remember Genisis 2:7 which says God that breathed life into Adam and then and only then did dust became life. More importantly we ought to remember that God’s 5th commandment to “honor thy father and mother.” I think we ought to honor our mothers by giving them choice and opportunity, and trust to make the choice of when and with whom they become mothers.
It seems that interpreting the Bible as to take away the value and choice of women by forbidding insurance companies to cover birth control, is a warping of the Bible. Instead, if they truly believe that reproductive rights are sinful, then maybe they ought to use God as a reason to forgive that which they don’t agree with or understand. Instead of the ignoring the facts of science, politics, and reason to further the liberty of those they claim to want to represent, Republicans should stop playing dirty tricks on legitimate filibusters like Wendy Davis’.
The GOP stands on a platform of “pro-life” while also supporting complete murder and total neglect. They support the death penalty and that is hypocrisy enough but when we add in the determined efforts made to keep women, and children, and veterans, and students, and the disadvantaged, and the middle class, poor and getting poorer, it is a sustained and sinful act that is certainly not pro-life. these policies completely ignore Matthew 19:21,“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Finally, we listen as the GOP beats the drums of War. against, Iran, against North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq… They don’t care who we bomb so long as they make money building bombs. I cannot help but fall back to where I began, and point out that this is the ultimate in not loving our neighbors.
It is obvious from the political discourse on gay marriage, contraception, climate change, and the economy going on all over the nation that misusing God in politics is an epidemic.
In thinking about this issue, I am reminded of a passage from “The Audacity of Hope” that shows that not only is Barrack Obama a stellar Christian, he’s the type of God-loving man we want representing us in decisions that go beyond faith:
“…. When science teachers insist on keeping creationism or intelligent design out of their classrooms, they are not asserting that scientific knowledge is superior to religious insight. They are simply insisting that each path to knowledge involves different rules and that those rules are not interchangeable…
Politics, like science, depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. Moreover, politics (unlike science) involves compromise, the art of the possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It insists on the impossible. If God has spoken, the followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime; to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.
The story of Abraham and Isaac offers a simply but powerful example. According to the Bible, Abraham is ordered by God to offer up his “only son, Isaac, whom you love,” as a burnt offering. Without argument Abraham takes Isaac to the mountaintop, binds him to and altar, and raises his knife, prepared to act as God has commanded.
Of course, we know the happy ending – God sends down an angel to intercede at the very last minute. Abraham has passed God’s test of devotion. He becomes a model of fidelity to God, and his great faith is rewarded through future generations. And yet it is fair to say that if any of us saw a twenty-first century Abraham raising the knife on the roof of his apartment building, we would call the police; we would wrestle him down; even if we saw him lower the knife at that last minute. We would expect the Department of Children and Family Services to take Isaac away and charge Abraham with child abuse. We would do so because God doesn’t reveal Himself or His angels to all of us in a single moment. We do not hear what Abraham hears, do not see what Abraham sees, true as those experiences may be. So the best we can do is act in accordance with those things that are possible for all of us to know, understanding that a part of what we know to be true – as individuals or communities of faith – will be true for us alone.”
With this fine explanation in mind, it’s time to get serious folks. Let us all take our faith and, with love, set it aside for one moment.
Think about all the things that we can understand without it. Appreciate all the places we can go together. Even if you are Abraham, or the Pope himself… and even if you really do believe, maybe even know, in every ounce of your heart that you know God, and your faith is right, then you have still got to know that your evidence for your faith is no stronger than my evidence is for my faith. This roadblock between us is not a good enough reason to ignore science or math, or war or peace, or poverty or prosperity.