Vote for McCain-Palin or you’re going to hell.
So says Janet Porter of the Christian right website World Net Daily in one of the most profoundly ridiculous articles I’ve ever read, titled “You cannot be a Christian and vote for Obama“:
To all those who name the name of Christ who plan to willfully disobey Him by voting for Obama, take warning. Not only is our nation in grave danger, according to the Word of God, so are you. … In one week, America will make a choice. And to those who call themselves “Christian” who are planning on voting for Barack Obama, put down the Obama talking points and read God’s voter guide before you go to the polls.
Porter goes on to quote a bunch of Bible passages out of context to make the case against Obama’s policies on gay rights and abortion before slipping directly into McCain-Palin talking points, complete with Joe the Plumber reference:
Obama will use your tax dollars to kill innocent children, and then he’ll take your paycheck and use it to “spread the wealth around.” Don’t believe me? Don’t believe Joe the plumber? Hear Barack Obama for yourself in an 2001 interview about his goal to try what the Soviets proved does not work.
At which point, Porter links to Obama’s 2001 radio interview on Civil Rights and “redistributive change” that the Drudge Report tried and failed to turn into a national scandal. Unfortunately, it never seems to occur to her that one of the biggest advocates in history of spreading the wealth around was, um– wait for it– Jesus Christ. Imagine if Obama had told Joe the Plumber to “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,” as Jesus instructed the rich man in Mark 10:17-22. I think a few Republican heads would have exploded.
But back to the choice in this election. Just in case Porter isn’t making herself perfectly clear:
[T]he warning goes far beyond that. To those who think that God’s grace gives them license to willfully disobey Him without consequences – think again:
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23)
That deals with your eternity.
Got that? Switch your party affiliation now because, as the Bible clearly tells us in First Joe 3:16, registered Democrats will be denied entry into the kingdom of heaven. But the irony that Porter is missing is that right-wing ideology has become so narrow that Jesus would probably be denied entry into the Republican Party.
Jesus never spoke a single word about either gays or abortion, two issues which have become pass/fail litmus tests for Republicans. And over half of everything Jesus said dealt with the issues of money and wealth– mainly how to spread it around to care for the poor and each other. Republicans would likely characterize the endless baskets of fish and loaves Jesus gave to “the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute”and 4,000 other able-bodied people in Matthew 15:29-38 as welfare, a handout. After all, no one in the crowd worked for it.
Jesus also turned out to be a pretty strict free market regulator the day he entered the temple and drove out the salesmen and money changers in Matthew 21:12-13. Almost certainly, the modern-day Republican Party would brand Jesus a socialist, if not a Marxist Communist Muslim.
You could go on and on with this stuff, but my point is not whether Jesus would be a Democrat or a Republican– I don’t know if he’d even be all that interested in being an American. My point is how utterly hypocritical and presumptuous it is for Janet Porter and the rest of religious right to believe that is God on their side, and how ridiculous it is for them to go further and claim that God will send good Christian men and women on the other side to hell. In fact, I pretty much have a problem with anybody who goes around pointing out who they think is going to hell and who isn’t, as if the decision is in any way up to them.
So to Janet Porter or anyone else who believes that you cannot be a Christian and vote for Obama, I have three words for you:
Yes. We. Can.