I’ve been paying attention with interest to the 2010 midterm elections, where America seems poised to make the mistake of putting the Republican Party back in the driver’s seat, since apparently the 6 years of Republican rule in the last decade were simply not awful enough. What particularly fascinates me, though, is to listen to Republican primary candidates simultaneously promote themselves as Christian, with talk about values and such, while at the same time relentlessly undermining the values propagated by Jesus Christ.
It occurs to me that perhaps there’s a reason for this. Growing up Catholic, it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I discovered that the Bible I read had several more books than those of my Protestant friends. It was then that I also discovered different translations of the Bibles, sometimes hinging around quite important theological points.
Accordingly, perhaps it is not that Republican candidates who promote themselves as Christian while at the same time viciously working to undermine the lives of the poor are not hypocrites. Indeed, it seems much more likely that they simply have a different translation of the Bible than I do.
As it turns out, I’ve been able to find a part of this translation for Luke 6:20-26, more commonly known as the Beatitudes. As it turns out, the Republican Party translation is a bit different than the one you may be familiar with. Here it is:
Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are rich,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who want more drilling for oil,
for you will be satisfied and it will never run out or spill.
Blessed are you who weep now because of high taxes,
for you will laugh when they are lowered.
Blessed are you when the media hates you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because they’re liberal meanies.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is Fox News’ reward in the ratings battles. For that is how you can avoid contrary points of view.
But woe to you who are on unemployment,
for you have already received your comfort and you should get a real job.
Woe to you who are hungry,
because food stamps are a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Woe to you who laugh when Democrats are in office,
for you will mourn and weep when sharia is declared.
Woe to you when the media speaks well of you,
for that is how they treat RINOs who want to attend cocktail parties.”
You can understand now why the GOP is the way it is, right?