So this past Sunday I went to church, somewhat reluctantly since I have come to the realization that I really don’t believe in God and have a huge problem with organized religion, but that is a topic for another post.
I was struck by the ‘theme’ of the First Reading and the Gospel, essentially the priest said that message was that to believe in God is to believe in what Jesus Christ stood for: the state of being selfless. Jesus Christ gave his own life, the ultimate act of selflessness, for the forgiveness of all our sins. The priest went on to say we should put aside our own desires, our own wants and needs and put God’s will first.
Then it struck me, this is the antithesis of today’s conservatism. Today’s conservatism is all about Ayn Rand, all about the justification of being selfish. Every conservative position on any given issue is about being selfish. The whole mantra of individualism masks an ugly truth: Conservatives don’t believe in helping the less fortunate, they see the poor as lazy people who are just looking for a handout. Look no further than Mitt Romney’s now infamous 47 Percent moment where he basically labeled half the country as lazy people.
So the next time you hear a Christian conservative talk about how they love Jesus Christ, ask them to reconcile the basic tenets of Christianity with their own political views, then listen for the sound of crickets chirping…