This is in response to Richard Saunders' letter titled "War on Christianity," in which he claims "the policies of the Republican Party are anti-Christian" while "the party nearer to Christian beliefs as professed in the New Testament is without a doubt the Democrats." I am hard pressed to think of a statement that is more emphatically false.
The author's error is rooted in his mischaracterization of Christ's mission. Yes, Jesus exhorted his disciples to care for the sick, the downtrodden, and the destitute. He certainly did not instruct them to accomplish this goal via government taxation and redistribution. For one thing, this shifts the responsibility of obeying Christ's instructions regarding the poor from His followers onto a government bureaucracy. Government agencies are well-known for bloated budgets, inefficiency, and corruption, but not for pursuing heavenly directives. I'm quite certain that Matthew 25:34-36 does not appear in any federal agency's mission statement.
However, Jesus' primary mission was to redeem mankind from sin, the violation of God's laws. I am utterly baffled how Mr. Saunders can insist that the Democrat party espouses Christ's teachings when considering the following: We read in Scripture that life comes from God (Job 31:15, Psalm 139:13-14) and that God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Psalm 106:38, Proverbs 6:16-17), yet the Democrats have made unrestricted abortion rights a fundamental party plank. Further, the institution of marriage was defined by God as being between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6), but the Democrats have campaigned for same-sex marriages to be recognized by the federal government and every state.
I am not saying the Republican party is correct on every matter; but on the crucial moral issues of life and marriage, it is far more closely aligned with Biblical principles than the Democrat party.
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