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BILL CRAWFORD — Christian behavior lacking in too many Republicans

BILL CRAWFORD

BILL CRAWFORD

Group calls for Nativity scene to be removed from Harrison County courthouse,” read the Biloxi Sun-Herald headline. 

 
Seems a humanist, freedom-from-religion group wanted the scene removed because, “Nativity scenes in courthouses, like any blatantly religious display on public property, show government favoritism toward religion and to Christianity in particular,” according to Monica Miller, senior counsel at the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.
 
While the Nativity scene has been on display in the courthouse for years, most of the officials inhabiting the courthouse these days are Republicans.  And, Republicans tend to fight to maintain things reflecting Christian values – Christmas displays, the Ten Commandments, public prayer, etc. No doubt Harrison County Republican officials will do the same to the extent allowed by law.
 
This follows a small uproar resulting from the Ole Miss Student Activities Association deciding to rename its annual tree lighting ceremony from “Grand Ole Christmas” to “Hotty Toddy Holiday.”  Notably the ceremony still featured a Christmas tree and a gospel choir, but the change “to be more inclusive to the entire student body,” caught the eye of the Republican leaning American Family Association.
 
Too bad many Republicans’ fervor for Christian displays and activities doesn’t seem to extend to Christian behavior. 
 
My Bible teaches me to love not only my neighbors but also my enemies. (Matthew 22:39; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:43-44; and more.)
 
But many Republicans are telling me to hate Muslims, illegals, and, oh yes, liberals… doesn’t even seem to matter if they are American citizens, patriots, or Christians. 
 
My Bible teaches me to “pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” (Romans 14:19.)
 
But many Republicans enthusiastically pursue war and the tearing down of others… doesn’t seem to matter if the others are good Republicans or not.
 
My Bible teaches me that if I believe in Christ Jesus that I need not be a slave to fear. (Romans 8:15.)
 
But many Republicans want to enslave me to fears of all sorts, especially terrorism. (For a relevant epistle on fanning fears of terrorism read Sid Salter’s column from last week.)
 
The clean-up hitter for these unChristian behaving Republicans is presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. The Bible is “incredible” and his favorite book says Trump.  Yet with every other breath he unashamedly utters some new message of hate, fear, intolerance, or mud-slinging. On deck would be Ted Cruz who somehow appeals to evangelicals but has his own mud pile of fear-based and hateful messages. He seems to have never met another Republican he couldn’t tear down. 
 
They, and too many other would be Republican sluggers, seem intent to hustle us to an unfaithful, joyless Mudville. 
 
Thank goodness for Christmas and the joy it can bring us when we fervently celebrate our faith and not muddy politics. Indeed, that amazing joy would stick with us year round if we would stick with the Bible’s teachings. 
» Bill Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Meridian (crawfolk@gmail.com)

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6 comments

  1. I would like to know specifically which Republican said to “hate Muslims, illegals, and, oh yes, liberals…”. And there is plenty of enthusiastic pursuit in tearing down of others on both sides of the political fence. Look at your fellow Democrats/Liberaks with this same lens. I look forward to reading your oped piece on the lack of Christian behavior in Democrats. #PotCallsTheKettleBlack

    • While I am not taking the side of some statements made by the candidates, I do agree with all scripture that is quoted by Bill Crawford. The problem with taking a few chosen scriptures while attempting to prove a point is participating in disinformation. All one has to do to see another side is look at other scripture and see that there was a time that Jesus got angry in the temple, called Herod a fox, and called the Pharisees whited sepulchers as well as using the term generation of vipers. As far as Donald Trump, he did not register as a Republican until 2009 and has said repeatedly that his philosophy lines up with Democrats more than Republicans. His close alliance with the Clintons for many years cause some Republicans concern and rightly so. The Clintons were bought and paid for in Arkansas by the Chinese and they received their payback in 1993 when Bill granted them Most Favored Trade Status. They are now owned by the Arab (Muslim) world. The word “hate” is thrown around loosely these days as “racism” and “phobes” are also. As for Muslims, they all believe, read and swear to the same teachings in the Koran. Their clear intent is stated in Psalms 83 regarding the destruction of Israel as well as the “houses of God.” A radical Muslim wants to kill anyone that isn’t a Muslim and the so called moderate Muslims want to see radical Muslims kill all who aren’t Muslims. If non Muslim people want to hug and brag on them, they are helping their subtle enemy to achieve their eventual goal of collectivism in establishing their desire for world dominion. As for Democrats, Obama, and Hillary, they have been living in Mudville (Chicago) for a long time. How can they even celebrate Christmas when they basically voted God out of their platform at the 2012 DNC? Oh yea, we don’t need to forget that in the same vote, their choice was not to recognize Israel as a nation or even their right to exist.

  2. I resent Mr. Crawford’s painting “Republicans” with the same overly broad brush he criticizes Mr. Trump for using as to Muslims and others. The attitude on college campuses and elsewhere towards Christmas and a number of other “politically sensitive” topics is decried by me, by fellow Republicans, and by many friends who are Democrats. That has been going on for a number of years and is a nonpartisan. Don’t try to make every topic about politics and please do not unjustifiably generalize, Mr. Crawford.

  3. Dr Ben Carson definity does not fit your charatization as he still believes “we are one nation under God”. I still believe that God tells us to love our enimies but not to approve of their actions or religion. We must defend our religion and our practice of it, not bend to the wishes of those who would destroy our religion and our believers.
    Bill I think you are too harsh on most of our polititions.

  4. Bill, you speak the truth. Peace on earth. Goodwill toward men.

  5. Why are Democratic (or Republican) operatives writing articles for the Mississippi BUSINESS Journal ? What the hell does this jibberish have to do with business ?

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