Today, for example, I had a conversation with someone who is a religious fundamentalist at the gym. Now, let it be known that my physical trainer and I also discuss the hypocrisy of the Church about its view toward the poor and the political candidates it supports.
The first thing I asked this man is how much Christ charged for a healing and if He ever asked for an insurance card, to which his response was the lack of morality that many politicians have while in office.
I don’t know why I didn’t bring up Republican, David Vitter, Republican Newt Gingrich, and Republican Mark Foley-I should have. I might have had the conversation not ended, but he walked away-which is what usually happens when someone tries to match wits with me.
This man was really annoyed when I brought up the fact that my grandfather would never have been able to retire had it not been for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Conversely, my physical trainer and I discuss this all the time, and he seems to hold similar positions with regard to the moral hypocrisy of the conservative movement and its lack of compassion. He suspects that Donald Trump might be the Antichrist. However, I support that Trump lacks the intellect and the support need to be that false messiah. The one where we do agree is 2 Peter 3:4, where people will begin to hide because the Evangelicals will have destroyed America so completely that those who have waited for Christ’s return will become impatient.
2 Peter 3:4 4They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
1 John 3:17 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
What was truly unfortunate was that the man who tried to bring up President Clinton’s moral failing, the man who faulted the poor for their economic position, and the man who refused to believe that our Founding Fathers were actually morally bankrupt (read about the Hellfire Club) was the one who abruptly ended the conversation.
Jesus Christ never turned any sinner away-which, of course I am. Aren’t we all?