Haven’t really done anything today, but I do have a rant to share.
I’m considering making a bumper sticker that looks like this:
For those who didn’t grow up Baptist, here’s the citation.
My son immediately urged me not to, because he didn’t want me ending up in Guantanomo Bay. Isn’t that cute? Kids!
But seriously folks, have you heard any major Christianist nutjob, i.e., Robertson, Falwell, Dobson, et al., say anything like this? Have they, any of them, come out and done what Jesus has told them to do?
And more than that, can you imagine their reaction to such a bumper sticker? I would love to hear it. I mean, Christ is fairly explicit here:
King James: 27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you… 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
NIV: 27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you… 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
New Living Translation: 27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you… 35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.”
Contemporary English Version: 27 This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. 28 Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you… 35 But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back.* Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. [*footnote: Luke 6:35 without expecting to be paid back: Some manuscripts have ” without giving up on anyone.”]
Luke and I could go on, and Matthew could join us, but dang, people, could the Man be any clearer?
So how would the Christianists excuse themselves? Why aren’t they selling these bumper stickers on the TV? Instead of God Bless America, which Matthew fairly anticipates here, why aren’t bumpers all over these red United States proclaiming their willingness to ask God to bless Al-Qaeda?
I’d love to hear their answer.