It’s not just that Reince Priebus, leader of all things “Republican” in the USA, is shamelessly using Holy Scripture for his own purpose (there’s a Shakespeare quote you might want to think about that relates to this). No, it’s that he clearly doesn’t understand the Book that he thinks he’s quoting from. And he’s not alone in this.
In an interview with CBN (link below), Mr. Priebus said the following:”“First of all, I don’t know if I’ve used the word tolerance. I don’t really care for that word myself”, and “Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that’s not code language. That’s the New Testament…”. Let’s break this down so we can understand what he (and other “conservatives” “Christians” and “Republicans”) is saying:
He is saying that we should use Old-Testament values but make them look nicer than they are. He is saying that it is OK to hate, to discriminate, to impoverish, to kill, to starve, to disempower, and to abuse anyone who does not think and believe exactly as they do. Instead of being “tolerant” of others, he proposes using a “tolerant tone”. He proposes, therefore, deception. Lying, in other words.
Now, Mr. Blunt and Cranky is not all that zealous (Presbyterians rarely are) and does not propose to tell you what to believe, if anything. But he does take issue with lying politicians, no matter if they wrap themselves in a Flag, Scripture, or the Federalist Papers. And the New Testament does NOT say to carry on with the Old while cleverly disguising it with honeyed words. No, the New Testament affirms some parts of the Old, and clearly replaces some others (one example – turning the other cheek).
We see this quite frequently among the Fundagelical community: the selective use of Scripture coupled with willful misunderstanding of what the Prophets, Jesus, and Apostles said. And since the talking heads on TV are held up as “Christians” (and nobody wants a theological catfight), their distorted, false, and misleading views are taken as Gospel. And Gospel, they most certainly are not.
Play this fun game: Have a bible handy when you watch these “Christian Experts” on the TeeVee. Whenever one of these yahoos claims to be citing Scripture, go and try to find it. You’ll be amazed at how often there isn’t anything in the Book to support what he or she claims to be God’s word.
Example: Reince Priebus on CBN recently. He was on the Christian Broadcasting Network, for crying out loud; and either no one else knew he was wrong, or decided to keep quiet, knowing that he was full of it. If a network devoted to the New Testament doesn’t understand it or communicate it clearly, then imagine how badly other “Christian Republicans” mess tis up.
Mr. Blunt and Cranky