Chart of the day

My wife and I had a conversation yesterday that had her saying, “and that’s why ‘Evangelical Christian’ is pretty much synonymous with hypocrite” these days.  I cannot even remember exactly what we were talking about, but here’s a chart and a little commentary from Drum that made me recall that conversation:

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump calls this a “fascinating detail,” but I call it totally unsurprising:

But, in all fairness, the gospels are just full of Jesus railing against abortion and homosexuality.  Seems like Jesus never had anything to say about helping out the poor, oppressed, etc.

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Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to Chart of the day

  1. Nicole K. says:

    Yeah, one would think that demonstrably marginalized people, like LGBT people, immigrants, refugees, and the poor, would absolutely count as the type of people that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 25 when he said:

    Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and not serve you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    But since the average Evangelical Christian hasn’t even actually read the Bible outside of paraphrased stories and selectively chosen verses that are often presented without context, I’m beginning to think that maybe many Christians don’t actually know what Jesus said or didn’t say.

    After all, most Christians believe the statement “God helps those who help themselves” can be found in the Bible. I’ve read the whole book more than once, and I know it isn’t in there. But when people get their understanding of their religion told to them instead of actually taking the time to study the primary sources and the history of the Church themselves, they can be made to think just about anything.

  2. R. Jenrette says:

    And to think that the big issue fought over when Protestantism first emerged was about ordinary people being able to read the Bible and form their own interpretation.

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