I can’t help but wonder at times how the idea of what it means to be a Christian became so entangled with hard right political views. I understand the logistics, for it’s easy to look at the number of people shouting that they are Christians and the views they loudly proclaim.
Though I disagree with the entanglement of the two (Matthew 22:21), it’s evident they are entwined. I struggle the most with seeing the lessons of Christianity I learned become so twisted that they allow the current message put forth by hard-right politics.
The verses used to condemn individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are all from the Old Testament, which exists to show us what the world was like before Jesus died for our sins. Eating shellfish is mentioned more times in the Old Testament as a sin than anything that could possibly be interpreted as anti-LGBTQ+.
Have we forgotten that the Second Foundational Commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself? Removing access to health care, giving tax cuts to only the rich (Matthew 14:16), judging others (Matthew 7: 1-2), and spreading hate are all radically anti-Christian. Still these ideas perpetrate the minds of many “Christians” to the extent that upon stating that you are Christian to someone, they will likely assume you have these views.
To those of you who would say that the view put out by hard-right politics is Christian, I urge you to consider the verses Matthew 6:5 and Matthew 25:34-43 before arguing your point.