Rick Perry’s God Problem

Rick Perry got me thinking the other day.  He had an encounter with a fourteen year old bisexual girl that went like this:

“This is about my faith, and I happen to think that there are a whole host of sins, homosexuality being one of them,” Perry said, adding that he himself was “a sinner” so he wouldn’t “be the first one to throw a stone”. Reflecting on another question he had received about how he would feel if his own child were gay, Perry said, “I’d feel the same way. I hate the sin but I love the sinner”.

OK, here’s the rub.  Take a look at the first thing Rick said.  “This is about my faith.”  But it’s not. Rick’s running for president as a Christian candidate.  It’s about his faith applying to all of us.  And Rick’s faith isn’t in accordance with the Bible.

You got that right, Mr. Christian Candidate, your faith is not in line with the Bible. Pretty bold statement, but I can back it up.

Jesus Christ taught us to love one another and to not judge.  Yet you judge homosexuals as sinners.  You judge, sir. If you are a Christian, there is only one who may judge and that is God.  You choose to judge and legislate in defiance of God.

Moving on, according to a 2009 story by John Henneberger, a staggering 87 percent of Texas communities exceed the US poverty rate.  In 2010, Texas lead the nation in the percentage of its population with Medicaid. In 2009, Texas lead the country in children without insurance.  In response to this, Rick Perry has cut the Texas budget, handed out tax breaks to the rich and, when was asked about income inequality, was quoted as saying “I don’t care about that.  If that’s what comes, I’ll take that criticism”.

Jesus Christ commanded us to take care of the sick and poor and to visit those in prison.  How can he care for them when he doesn’t care about them?

And let’s look at Rick Perry versus Jesus when it comes to those in prison.  Again, Jesus commanded us to visit those in prison. Rick Perry does the opposite — he has them killed. To the tune of 234 prisoners executed versus 31 commutations.

And how does Rick justify balance this against the 6thcommandment (Thou shalt not kill)?

“If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don’t come to Texas”, he wrote in his book lauding states’ rights, “Fed Up!”

In other words, he doesn’t justify it.  He simply ignores that commandment, and that one is kind of a biggie.  

So as you can see, our Christian candidate has little in common with the God he claims to worship.  And when you consider that he’s going to push this false version of Christianity on the nation, I think we should take pause and really ask ourselves if he is a real Christian or a Christian in name only.

Well, my answer to that is a quote from from Mohatma Ghandi that leaps readily to mind:  I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”.