First off, I will admit that it is much easier for me to post complaints or gripes with fringe religious groups and not post any positive, guiding words. Let me make an effort on this post.
Bryan Fischer and Newt Gingrich, the first with religious mumbo jumbo and the second via political attacks, keeps the theocratic march going.
Last month, firefighters in Obion County, Tennessee watched a home burn to the ground because the homeowner had failed to pay a $75 fee to receive fire protection from the city of South Fulton.
The fire department did the right and Christian thing. The right thing, by the way, is also the Christian thing, because there can be no difference between the two. The right thing to do will always be the Christian thing to do, and the Christian thing to do will always be the right thing to do.
If I somehow think the right thing to do is not the Christian thing to do, then I am either confused about what is right or confused about Christianity, or both.
In this case, critics of the fire department are confused both about right and wrong and about Christianity. And it is because they have fallen prey to a weakened, feminized version of Christianity that is only about softer virtues such as compassion and not in any part about the muscular Christian virtues of individual responsibility and accountability.
This story illustrates the fundamental difference between a sappy, secularist worldview, which unfortunately too many Christians have adopted, and the mature, robust Judeo-Christian worldview which made America the strongest and most prosperous nation in the world. The secularist wants to excuse and even reward irresponsibility, which eventually makes everybody less safe and less prosperous. A Christian worldview rewards responsibility and stresses individual responsibility and accountability, which in the end makes everybody more safe and more prosperous.
Newt Gingrich, advising the 2012 GOP to vilify food stamps and use it as a weapon against the Democrats:
It’s a bit out of left field. Most of the election cycle has centered on rich people and their tax cuts rather than poor people and their food-assistance programs. But there’s a very obvious reason why Gingrich wants to frame the issue this way: food stamp usage has historically gone up with Democrats in office, and down when Republicans were in charge. Frame it like that, and it looks as though Dems are the welfare-state-loving socialists and Republicans are the patriotic capitalists.
Republicans have long struggled to shake the image of the party of wealthy white folks, but belittling food stamps seems a curious strategy to regain the GOP’s identity. That kind of rhetoric might play well with those Tea Partiers who can afford to jet to Washington for a political rally to restore conservativism. But those of them who can’t–the ones who receive food stamps–probably won’t be flattered by the argument.
First with Newt, I don’t know if he wants to outlaw them completely. That wouldn’t happen anyway but it is good his party is proposing some policy ideas even if they are unrealistic.
Second with Fischer, it sounds as if he has taken a very strong stance towards life from a few Old Testament texts out of context (?).
Both seem to stand on a form of self responsibility which everyone in one distinct shape or another is truly striving after. It must be noted that the capitalistic ways of the white GOP can act, and have in the past, as suppressing tools against the poor, further preventing them to rise out of poverty. Many inner cities have been abandoned after industrial industries moved south then over seas. This cyclical (in cycles) issue is inter connected. Many of these pressures on inner city “food stamp usin’” denizens are not on the shoulders or hanging around the necks of the Grand Old Party. I see these harsh circumstances as making inner city families flustered, forcing them to survive and feed themselves and their kids in a more frantic way than most are use to. In the end, the problems with urban families and struggling children are not fully the blame of the schools nor the families. These neighborhoods have been forgotten and continue to be jested about in the media without any medium between programs and hands on work.
I hope Newt and Fischer can see this video: