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Tuesday, June 28, 2005


The following theses are from Professor Peter Ludlow:

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said "love thy neighbor", willed that believers should show *compassion* toward others.

2. This word cannot be understood to mean mere lip service ("I love them, but I hate their sin"), but genuine concern for the welfare of others.

3. Yet the Religious Right has forsaken compassion for a doctrine of institutionalized hatred and violence.

4. Specifically, the Religious Right has taken the Word of God and wrapped it in the flag of Right Wing Politics, replacing God's message of redemption for the entire world with a narrow message endorsing right wing American politics.

5. Item: the Religious Right has neglected the teachings of Jesus in the gospel of Luke, where He instructs that we are to show compassion for the poor.

6. In place of God's words, the Religious Right has substituted a right wing political doctrine in which the poor have only themselves and their alleged laziness and moral weakness to blame.

7. For example, the Religious Right has rejected the needs of poor children of unwed mothers.

8. The Religious Right has rejected the cries for help from the children of impoverished families in the inner cities.

9. The Religious Right, has advocated fewer resources for the elderly poor and for the millions of children now living in poverty.

10. In place of giving to the poor, the Religious Right has advocated political doctrines specifically designed so that individuals may acquire vast sums of money.


At 3:07 PM, Blogger D.R. said...

In regard to #5 -- it has been shown time and time again that those associated with more conservative religious and political views give far more money to charitable organizations than do those associated with more liberal religious and political views. Government sponsered programs DONT work. That is why the Religious Right doesn't support them, not because they hate the poor.

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Howie Luvzus said...

True. However, the poor don't show up on a recent poll from and evangelical site:

At 7:47 PM, Blogger D.R. said...

Yes, I am aware of the poll and I do agree that it is a shame. I think the leadership at the SBC need to drive the point home more that the poor should a primary focus of our churches. Still, to move from the poor not being a priority to suggesting that Evangelicals completely ignore the teachings of Jesus is a jump. Also, Ludlow goes on to suggest that not supporting welfare programs equals not caring about the poor is a terrible stretch. The welfare system in many cases keeps people poor, it doesn't help them come out of it. I think it comes down not to whether or not one cares, but rather what is one's ideology for eradicating the problem. That is why I think the One initiative just might be a very good development. And many in the religious right are getting involved in that.


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