Christianity is a religion that demands we visit and take care of the sick. “How dare Barak Obama take care of the sick, let’s sue him!” That is the message from the hypocrite party. “We don’t want anyone abusing their authority to take care of the sick. We should be free to continue to abuse the sick by overcharging them on private health care, taking their homes from them when they cannot afford to pay and generally ignoring those who cannot afford any kind of health insurance.” That is the clear message of the Republican party, the party of greed, the party of self above all others, the party of abusive suppression of the poor. Don’t get me wrong. The Democrats are equally as guilty on other issues. Democrats are the party of self above the human rights of a child, punish the unborn for the unwanted pregnancies of their mothers, kill the unwanted. Republicans claim to be the party of right to life for the unborn, but not the sick and not the poor. That means that if you are an unborn child they want to protect your human rights, but if you are born, forget it! Republicans don’t give a damn about the poor and needy. The Christian right is just as selfish and dead wrong on this: neither political party is the Christian party.
In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus described ongoing problems in our society such as poverty and sickness. What are some of the causes? Republicans will tell you that poverty is caused by laziness. They will say, I work for a living; go get a job. But, poverty is caused by a whole series of issues such as overpopulation, inadequate distribution methods, rising costs, inadequate education, unemployment and under-employment, environmental degradation, individual responsibilities, medical costs, sickness, greed, the cost and devastation of war, natural disasters, industrial changes, recessions, discrimination, pregnancy out of wedlock, disability, crime and unjust incarceration, immigrant status, gang presence, etc. How do we as Christians address those problems? Do we address the short-term need of feeding the poor, or do we address the political and economic issues that cause poverty? Some Christians address the direct need by activity in a soup kitchen. Others address the underlying causes by involvement in politics. Both address the problem, but Jesus only demanded that we at least start by giving the hungry food. It seems that Republicans are reluctant to do even that.
It is high time that we Christians tell both parties to stop using the claim to religion unless they really mean it. The religion of both Democrats and Republicans is defiled. Pure and faultless religion is to to look after orphans and widows in their suffering (James 1:27). We cannot pretend to bring Christian values to politics and only pick and choose those values that serve our selfish lusts. Let’s be honest. The biggest cause of Democrat support for abortion is selfishness and the biggest cause of Republican reluctance to adopt any measure to help the poor is also selfishness.