The GOP Isn’t Pro-Life or Christian

“If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.” – Hannah and Her Sisters

For the past few decades the GOP has attempted to claim sole ownership of faith in America, never missing an opportunity to make a loud, showy stand, shamelessly declaring itself the party of Jesus. I don’t think he got the invite, because what’s currently unfolding in this country in his name, is about as antithetical as one can get to the heart of the Biblical Jesus—short of painting oneself red, donning a pointy tail, and brandishing a pitchfork.

Their recent resume is impressive in its sheer, unapologetic malice:

Trying to ban Muslims from entering the country in the name of supposed safety.
Attempting to take healthcare from 24 million of our poorest and most vulnerable.
Leveraging fear of people based on the color of their skin, their religious tradition, their sexuality.
Leveling Native American burial lands to run oil lines.
Legislatively assaulting the LGBTQ community at every turn.

Rolling back protections for the planet we’re standing on, the air we breath, the water sustaining us, the atmosphere surrounding us.

Gutting funding for the Arts and exponentially raising it for the Military.
Putting leaders in place who are intentionally dismantling the systems of education, commerce, environmental protections, and law that we’ve worked for hundreds of years to secure.
Taunting foreign nations into war and claiming Trump is anointed by God for it.

These are the professed people of Jesus?
These are the supposed lovers of life?
It would all be laughable if it wasn’t so infuriating.

It’s time we called out this sanctified nonsense masquerading as something redemptive because it’s gone on far too long and done too much damage to too many. We need to stop letting people corporately co-op the faith tradition of love your neighbor as yourself, while inflicting this kind of willful violence to the breadth of humanity. We need to name the hypocrisy of those committing such violations of people and of the planet, while simultaneously trying to claim they’re pro-life Christians, because the two endeavors are fully incompatible.

Christianity is not America First, it’s not God Bless The USA, it’s not Capitalism, and it’s not every man for himselfBeing a Christian requires following the sacrificial, humble, compassionate example of Jesus. It demands a life turned outward to heal and help and bring peace. It is not a matter of watching Fox News, waving a Bible, and then giving the figurative or literal middle finger to everyone who doesn’t look, talk, worship, believe, or love the way that you do.

The way of this Presidency is not the way of Jesus, and those of us who recognize it need to say it—whether we are Christians to not. We need to call this what it is: franchising out Jesus’ name in order to justify prejudice. It’s white privilege and rabid nationalism wrapped in Bible verses. It’s identity theft of the worse kind; claiming to be Jesus and then spitting on the least of these. It is the grossest example of taking God’s name in vain. 

The unapologetic bigotry, the abuses of power, the complete disregard for the truth, the preying upon the poor and vulnerable, and the absolute absence of a moral compass of this Presidency and of those amen-ing it—is all the very kind of perversion of religion Jesus abhorred. 

The current GOP platform under Donald Trump reads like an annotated list of the things Jesus devoted his life and ministry to naming as evil and pushing hard against in the Gospels. Christians should be loudly opposing this Administration, not doubling down and defending it. They should be demanding sanctuary for refugees from the pulpit, they should be condemning the casting aside the sick, they should be marching alongside Muslims and people of color, they should be leveraging their social media platforms to advocate for the diversity of life. The likes of Paul Ryan and Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions should be terrified of the people of Jesus right now—instead of finding safe sanctuary in their collective bosom.

Professed Christians supporting this President and these Republicans can quote the Bible all they want. They can drive to a building every Sunday morning and exude reverence for an hour. They can name drop Jesus like he’s a personal friend who does them favors—but in the end, practically speaking they are working for the opposition.

That’s not to say that sincere, loving, faithful Christians can’t identify as Republicans (as many certainly do), but these folks should be the most vocal in these moments in castigating their party, in intentionally distancing themselves from such systemic bigotry, and in joining in the work of reflecting the Jesus they claim by resisting the GOP platform. A political party, like a nation, has no business claiming a faith tradition.

As my friend John Fugelsang recently commented, “I’m not saying Trump is the anti-Christ, but I will say that Christ is the anti-Trump.” And this is the rub for Christians in this GOP: you get to worship one or the other—both is not an option. 

This mean-spirited, predatory, violent movement in America in these days is many things, but it is not Christian and it is not pro-life. Let’s not pretend otherwise.

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488 thoughts on “The GOP Isn’t Pro-Life or Christian

  1. I can answer your question for you:

    The Republican:

    He is in this condition because he is lazy. You should give him neither the comfort of talk nor your help. Giving him money was not Christ-like because he almost surely used the money you gave him to buy hard liquor, which deepens his alcohol addiction. Only an absence of empathy and sympathy from all people and his deepening pain because of it will cause him to finally grab his own bootstraps and pull himself up out of poverty. Putting down-and- out people in as much pain as possible and moving them as close as possible to death’s door, as a matter of policy, is the only way to wake them up and make them finally be responsible for themselves.

    The fundie answer:

    He is obviously a really bad sinner. His poverty is a direct reflection of God’s anger at him and the punishment the Lord has meted out directly to him in this world. You did wrong by talking to him and providing money to him because you were interfering in God’s will. The thing you should have done is tell him the story of Jesus ONLY and asked him to repent of the sins that caused God to be punishing him so severely. If he refused, you should have abandoned him totally to the full punishment God has meted out to him.

    The real Christian answer:

    All three things you said—and more. Can you tell us his story?

  2. Did anyone notice how John Pavlovitz wrote out a long post covering many issues—yet—all of you once again allowed Joe Catholic (in his various disguises) to carry you all down the abortion rabbit hole once again—such that—the topic of the John Pavlovitz main post per se became largely ignored.

    This is how Joe operates people. He wants to destroy John’s blog by deflecting public attention away from the main posts on his blog. If you really support this blog, you will not allow Joe to do this. The Catholic abortion matter has been discussed to death all over this country for 42 years—with no one consensus identified. This is why Joe chooses this issue. It is an issue with no resolution. He knows that. His intention is to use it to WEAR OUT your mind, heart, soul, and typing fingers—so very much over so many days—that eventually this blog is no longer part of your life. You are just too upset and strung out emotionally to come here again.

    It is a matter of premeditated tactics and strategy—and you are all falling for it hook, line, and sinker. My recommendation is to just avoid responding to any post that has that “gray cross” quilt icon next to it because it is most likely Joe in one of his disguises. You cannot and should not assume it is a new person who has shown up here.

    • Charles, I noticed. I am going to try to ignore him, I really don’t feel he is worthy of my time, he doesn’t consider anything anyone else says, and assumes he knows what is in everyone else’s heart. You can’t carry on an honest conversation with someone like that. So I am going to give it the old college try. Hope others will too. Peace,

    • Well said, Charles. His obsession with the subject is disgusting. And yet he cons so many into falling into his trap.

      BTW, Charles, did you receive my email the other day with certain email addresses you had wanted?

      • Yes. My life has been a little crazy lately, and in the maelstrom, I had forgotten. Thank you very much for those, I have them in my list now. If you should lose yours, not that you would, just get in touch and I would be happy to swap them back. Have a good day and thanks again!!!

    • I’m still wondering how Joe ACP keeps his conversations sorted.That’s some major-league schizophrenia or something

      • Oh, but, Caitlyn Anne, he doesn’t keep it straight. He makes mistakes all the time. We identify a new disguise, he objects as ACP that the new disguise is not he and then turns around and as ACP responds to someone else as ACP but answering points addressed to the new disguise.

        That gray cross quilt block is usually Joe, no matter what name he is using. Also, he is very rude about people’s names. Just earlier today he called John P “Pavlo.”

      • Charles, if Joe is posting under your name and misrepresenting you, report him to John P. When he did the same thing to me, I reported him and John told me if he did it again, to report it and John would block his IP. Here’s our chance to get rid of him and all his aliases.

  3. You spew hatred and divisiveness, you pass judgment, and reek of sanctimonious piousness. Your ranting shows you have focused on a small sampling of a society and it reminds me of the Pharisees who thought they were so much better than others!!

    • Now, see, right here, what “dawn” wrote (with a suspiciously familiar gray cross quilt block) is the perfect example of someone who is not here to offer a differing opinion.

      The venom in the repellant vocabulary is chockful of nastiness.

      It is also another case of “methinks thou dost protest too much” since apparently the mirror John holds up to “dawn” shows a reflection that she hates.

      Guessing the shoe fits all too well.

      • Ha, you do exactly what you are accusing those of the “other side” of doing. True Christians reach out with love and not the hatefulness that has been said of the republicans here. You are exactly what you accuse them to be! Look in the mirror. Your posts and John Pavlovitzs posts come from pure hatred and only meant to stir decisiveness. No point in offering a different opinion because your cemented in your biased view that won’t change.

        • Wrong again anonymous#5!

          In point of very obvious fact, we do NOT “do exactly” what [we] “are accusing those of the “other side” of doing”. We DO “reach out with love and not the hatefulness” you claim. We just don’t do that with you all anymore. Been there, done that, got nothing for my troubles.

          Being “mean” and calling out right-wing Bible thumpers for using their professed religion as a weapon is not the same as what those same folks do to others.

          So no, we are NOT “exactly what [we] accuse [you] of being. Look in the mirror we hold up instead of returning fire and you will see it too.

          We do hate sin and we will call it out, and hurting people with the force of law because of your religious belief, is wrong. As if you are spreading sunshine?

    • It is so funny how e’rebody thinks e’rebody else is the Pharisee! They must be hardtasee. From the evidence, I think more are goats, but that could just be me.

  4. As I have to be out and about all day with various medical appointments, visiting my 92-year-old mother, and since I will never catch up, how prolific you all have been in the past twelve hours,
    I give you this today, written by someone with the same gift of exhortation as John P and spoken in the same prophetic voice as he.

    Prayer for Conscience and Courage
    Loving God,
    lead us beyond ourselves
    to care and protect,
    to nourish and shape,
    to challenge and energize
    both the life and the world
    You have given us.
    God of light and God of darkness,
    God of conscience and God of courage
    lead us through this time
    of spiritual confusion and public uncertainty.
    Lead us beyond fear, apathy and defensiveness
    to new hope in You and to hearts full of faith.
    Give us the conscience it takes
    to comprehend what we’re facing,
    to see what we’re looking at
    and to say what we see
    so that others, hearing us,
    may also brave the pressure that comes
    with being out of public step.
    Give us the courage we need
    to confront those things
    that compromise our consciences
    or threaten our integrity.
    Give us, most of all,
    the courage to follow those before us
    who challenged wrong and changed it,
    whatever the cost to themselves.

    Sister Joan Chittister

  5. I’m convinced that John is NOT a genuine man of God, but a left wing nutcase parading around like he is God’s spokesperson. To be sure, God doesn’t sit on the back of a Donkey or an Elephant! He is of no respector of persons, and has no loyalty to any man made institution.

    That being said, I would take the GOP platform over the DNC any day! The DNC, especially this generation, are for the most part, evil people that hate s God, Jesus, and Christians!

    Baack during the 2012 election cycle at the DNC convention, they voted as to whether God would be included the party’s platform, and the people overwhelmingly voted “NO!” Our then Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Viragosa, took it upon himself to include God in the platform…..cause he knew that it would negatively impact Obama’s reelection campaign.

    BE assured that Jesus knows the heart of people in the DNC, and hypocrisy of people like John, that pretends to be such an advocate for the downtrodden. So what would Jesus find upon returning to earth as it relates to the DNC (HE Knows Already)?

    A people that believes in killing the unborn and snuffing out their lives in the name of a “woman’s right to choose”……..though God has said that “HE HATES THOSE THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD”.

    A people that embraces sexual immorality and perversion as evidenced by the approval and promotion of Homosexuality and other sexually perverted lifestyles……in the name of “equality”.

    The desecration of the Family unit as Almighty God has already defined it when He created “MALE AND FEMALE” and told them to “BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY.

    Further, He would find a people reject the Biblical model for the Family…even against what the Lord Jesus Himself said concerning marriage the way God created it:

    “And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

    He would find a people that has pretty much told Him where to go….because they know better than He, even though HE Himself is the creator of mankind.

    He would find the deception of the so-called “Transgender” person that is confused and misguided, but who blames God for creating him/her in the wrong body, and other nonsensical statements, no considering that it doesn’t matter who they say they are, God has already said who they are when He created them MALE OR FEMALE! No amout of surgery, bathroom laws, or any other futile attempt to change the truth, will make them a woman if they were born a man, etc.

    He would find a weak generation that is whimpy and will complain about anything that they don’t like, and will make demands of others in order to have their feelings massaged. A group of spoiled children that need so-called “SAFE ZONES” in their respective Colleges and universities…….because they don’t want to dialog with anyone that might have a different view and perspective.

    He would find Preachers that are enemies of the Cross, and who refuse to call sin sin! He would find useless churches opened in His name, that are fearful of the culture, and seek to be in the good grace of the culture by not addressing the hard truths of the Scripture, of which John is one of them.

    I could go on, but suffice it to say that those on the Left, are as evil and misguided as they come, and as a Black man in America, I wouldn’t dare be a part of such a misfit association!

    • Tell me, Wayne, how exactly does someone live with so much hate, fear, bigotry, ignorance, and anger in their heart? I didn’t think it would be possible, and yet, here you are. I’m guessing there’s a lot of repressed feelings there, because someone is only this awful if they’re hiding from themselves.

      I recommend professional help.

      • I concur, Caitlyn Anne. I have thought ever since Wayne showed up here that he really needs medical treatment urgently.

        Sadly for him, though, he is no doubt one of those Christians who thinks the practice of psychology and psychiatry is the work of satan.

  6. I will add that the left is only concerned with Homosexuality and Homosexuals! That’s what Obama brought to America during his eight years tenure, and I think that it is due to the reality that he himself is a gay man! All we ever hear in our country these days is about the so-called “Constitutional Rights” of gay people, which is nonsense seeing as how our forefathers were NOT thinking about gay “marrige” and other perverted behavior when they crafted our Constitution and Bill of Rights during the 1700’s!

  7. A question….

    Has anyone else noticed that Joe ACP is conspicuous by this absence?I hope no harm has come to him or anyone he loves.

    Or does he have a new identity and a new quilt avatar?

  8. Wow John that was great insight and so well expressed.
    In line with a thought from Pope Francis that recently caught my eye…to paraphrase…better to be an agnostic than a hypocritical Catholic. You seem to both agree…

  9. The truth is, the Right never appropriated the Bible, nor the flag, nor patriotism, etc. It’s the Left who has tossed them all into the rubbish bin of history, and then accused us of appropriating them just because we haven’t followed suit.

  10. Here is something all of these people that claim to be Christians but refuse to house the homeless, feed the hungry, heal the sick, etc. all of those pretend Christians that think Trump is doing a good job; don’t, and won’t, understand. That part in Matt 7:21-23; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’” he is talking about you!
    We have people more concerned with building Mega-Churches, luring in more and more people taking in their money all the while people are suffering in their own neighborhoods. You all do not know Christ. You have never met him.

  11. Republicans USED TO BE somewhat for equality in the 1950s, then the southern strategy happened. The racists, bigots and hate mongers all migrated to the gop republicslime party and they have been there ever since.

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  13. John,

    Where does Christ’s Great Commission fit in all of this…?

    I believe that is our starting point

    ““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  14. Linking the Republican Budget to an Annie Lamont quote (out of context a bit but still applicable): “….it would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish”. Especially the not-so-Pro-Life feature that repeals the Adoption Tax Credit. Yes. So-called Pro-Lifers repealing the Adoption Tax credit. You are correct: The GOP is not Pro Life. Let’s be Whole Lifers.

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