Joe the Plumber sadly comes to mind- just to put a face on the enormous problem facing this democracy. He and a bevy of right-wingers have popped up like mushrooms in the last decade. Quite a few were elected to Congress in 2010 [because so many Democrats stayed home!] and they have a choke-hold on the GOP in the House. Why did they get elected? Who are the constituents who voted them in? What were they thinking? Better yet, were they thinking or were they believing?
Teavangelicals is the newest hot-political word abuzz in DC. As the compound word suggests, it is a careful blend of tea and Jesus. Fundamentalists are gulping the carefully concocted brew like half-dead survivors of a Mojave Desert misadventure. Tea and Jesus or for some operating in an alternate universe, tea with Jesus. The distinction is apparently irrelevant.
David Brody, the Chief Political Correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, has penned a piece that he named, The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America. The author says of the intersection of the Tea Party and Evangelicals: it will result in how the people of the movement aim to restore the American Dream to its original glory. Notice the proper noun, American Dream. Glory is always a handy propaganda word, too.
Restoring the American Dream. Does it sound like fiction? How does one restore a dream? I had a dream last night…
What does Jesus have to do with all of this? I’m betting that these Teavangelicals are salvation-ists rather than followers of the man- you know, ignore his life’s work, teachings and actions and focus on his death. After all, his LIFE and his ACTIONS don’t exactly mesh with Tea Party ideals. So, forget all of that and focus on his final 3-hours of life- the ‘gimme’ part. “Gimme my salvation, now leave me alone!”
Author Brody suggests that both the Tea Party and Evangelicals embrace one another’s ideals. That is interesting and possibly true if and only if the Evangelicals are salvation-ists. Why? Because the Jesus of action, the Jesus of the poor, outcast, weak and oppressed does not mesh with the Tea Party agenda.
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ [Matthew 25].
How does Matthew gel with Tea Party Issue #2: Reducing the Size and Scope of Government? Brody quips, “That’s scary for evangelicals who believe that people should rely on God, not the government.”
Rely on God, he says. Well, how does that exactly work, Mr. Brody? How does God interdict hunger, sickness, prison and squalor? What’s his plan?
And what did Jesus say [God’s supposed son]?
Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Is there a distinction between God and Jesus? Of course the two verses from Matthew are from the LIFE of Jesus. Sadly, the salvation-ists don’t focus on that stuff. He came to DIE, not to be an example of LIVING.
The idiocy of it all stifles me.