"Conservatives love Jesus, the Bible, and pretty much anything that they can twist to justify their hatred and bigotry. Unfortunately, their love for the Bible (or ability to read) does not extend to actually opening it. Thanks to the “family values” party’s refusal to engage in bipartisan opposition to starvation, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program has expired, taking away much-needed federal aid from over 1.3 million Americans–including the children right wingers demand must be born into the world and veterans conservatives support enthusiastically (until they come home, that is), and the elderly.
This “let ‘em starve” mentality is justified in a number of ways in the alternate reality in which conservatives reside. Most, however, choose the time-tested, tried and true ultimate liberator of guilt for just being a terrible person: the Holy Bible and its totally, completely white mascot– Jesus.
Bill O’Reilly, FOX News’ bastion of truth, said that Jesus would not support food stamps. TEApublican blowhard Stephen Fincher, for example, laid down some Thessalonians on these moochers earlier this year, saying “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Many Christians believe Jesus said this, but the quote was taken in a letter written by Paul to his church in Thessalonica to remind that if they did not help build the church, they would not be paid. Biblical scholars also believe the letter is a forgery written by someone pretending to be Paul.
Despite right wingers’ certainty that Jesus is down with letting poor people starve, the Bible is not so sure about that. Had they actually read one, they would know this. After all, should one not understand that which he is shoving down another’s throat?
Let’s see how God feels about these moochers.
If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.
Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger.
1 John 3:17
But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him?
Anyone who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them. To help the poor is to honor God.
He who shuts his ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in his own time of need.
“If you have two coats,” he replied, “give one to the poor. If you have extra food, give it away to those who are hungry.”
2 Cor. 9:9
It is as the Scriptures say: “The godly man gives generously to the poor. His good deeds will be an honor to him forever.”
I want you to share your food with the hungry and bring right into your own homes those who are helpless, poor, and destitute. Clothe those who are cold, and don’t hide from relatives who need your help.
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours in the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
”The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice… Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. …Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and with you have withheld, cries out against you; and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter."