“Religion is for the masses”

January 19, 2012

I’d like to make a point about the latest on Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich: Religion is not personally important to higher-ups in society.

Rick Perry used his religion as a campaign platform.  He was only trying to appeal to evangelicals—I think his commercial labeling the repeal of DADT highlights the fact he is unconcerned with more urgent issues America faces (both economic and spiritual).  And his endorsement of Newt because of Newt’s professed faith and spiritual healing is just ludicrous.  Newt is on his third wife, which Jesus Himself says he has no right to have because he illegitimately divorced his first wife.  The fact that he has been divorced twice due to his own unfaithfulness should make people wonder why Rick Perry think endorsing Newt is a Christian thing to do.

These men see themselves above God’s law, and the law of the land.  These are the people who suppose “who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”  Religion is a tool, a tool to control people.  They don’t take it seriously—if they did they wouldn’t need to tell us how religious they are.

“When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.”  Jesus said that practicing religion is not trumpet-time.  We don’t need announcements.  If you think your religion should make the evening news, how bad of a person are you?

Which brings us to the main point: character is important.  A person can talk big religion, act very religious, but the true test of whether or not they are religious, in the deep, personal sense of the term, is what their character is like.  Is this man’s character shaped and influenced by religion?  Character reveals who the liars are.

To say that God has forgiven a man who still lives in open violation of His rules for morality is absurd.  Rick Perry knows nothing about the God he claims to serve, the God who demands sinners turn from their sin instead of continuing in it.  Both he and Gingrich are snobs who think they are above religion—that’s something for the masses to be controlled with.

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3 Responses to ““Religion is for the masses””

  1. Simon Grey Says:

    In all fairness, though, the masses do allow themselves to be controlled by this pseudo-religiosity. What’s the old saying? “You can’t fool an honest man.” Well, most religious people in America simply are not honest in their religion, which is why they fall prey to these political tricks.

  2. lukescott313 Says:

    Well said..sincerity in devotion to God Almighty is rare event in these times. Politicians will use any angle they think will work to secure their position of “authority.” One truly devoted to observing the law of God and following the teachings of God will do so because their heart yearns for union with their Lord and Master, not for any other reason. Glad to see someone calling these people out!


  3. @Simon: The people of Samuel’s day wanted a king, against the will of God, so God gave them the king they wanted: a wicked man. When people select their leaders, the leaders will only be as good as the people.

    @Luke: Rare indeed. An interesting thought you struck upon there–“Politicians will use any angle they think will work to secure their position of “’authority.’” This has been true historically, but it is interesting to see the rise and fall of different philosophies which have legitimized “power” in the past. That’s for another day, likely.


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