Is it possible to be a Christian and right wing?

It’s not complicated.  Jesus said “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.”

And what are His commandments?

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

and here are some more details:

“If you lend only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? …  Lend to them without expecting to be repaid”

“Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow”

How does this square with austerity measures imposed by the wealthy on the poor?

Just asking…..

About Minimalist Christian

Phil Hemsley is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He works for a multinational company in the power industry, has presented technical papers at international conferences and holds many patents. He has published two books, the most recent is "The Big Picture, an Honest Examination of God Science and Purpose". He has lived on both sides of the faith fence. He is married, with two daughters.
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5 Responses to Is it possible to be a Christian and right wing?

  1. unkleE says:

    Hi Phil, I agree with you that the teachings of Jesus are much closer to socialism than they are to capitalism, but I still think (in answer to your question) that it is possible for a christian to be right wing. For a start, it is possible to be a christian and be wrong about something, in fact it is pretty much certain we are all wrong about something or other. Also, there are some parts of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, but also in Paul, that can be taken as more right wing. So I think I can understand christians who are right wing, but I just think their understanding of Jesus and the kingdom of God is incomplete.

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  2. eddigoodwin says:

    Being a Christian is about believing in Jesus as the way to God. Being a Christian does not make you intelligent, or thoughtful, or correct, or good. Millions of evangelical Christians have just voted in a misogynist, narcissistic psychopath as US president. I am not questioning their faith, just their intelligence. The parable of the talents is also interesting regarding putting capital to work. Jesus resolutely stayed out of politics and I like it this way. However, I do get very upset when I come across Christians sharing posts from Britain First on Facebook. Or full of hatred towards the LGBT community. I don’t know how people reconcile these behaviours with Jesus’ teachings but then I am not perfect either. I think the interesting thing about religion is that there is clearly an expectation that we have to work at it. I have a Jewish friend who says that if you have three Jewish people discussing their faith you will have four contradictory opinions. He says that Jewish people love arguing about these things. I have found an unwillingness amongst some of my Christian friends to debate things. To me, Jesus always came at things from a position of love for the individual and compassion. The Bible tells us to do many things, including some appalling ones like stoning, or treating menstruating women as unclean. The old testament God regularly wiped out whole communities as punishment. Jesus is our touchstone. Do our actions come from love and compassion?

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  3. I’ve thought about this many times and I believe that this applies to racism as well. Many
    “Christians” quote “love your neighbor” regularly without putting into meaning or practice what it means. This is especially true for many Christians on both the right and left who ignore the place of racial and economic injustice in our land. I wrote a blog about this recently

    https://jholmes90blog.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/when-loving-your-neighbor-isnt-enough-the-empty-rhetoric-of-the-second-greatest-commandment-as-a-response-to-racism/

    I do think one can be a Christian and right wing, but like any ideology, you have to put the gospel and word of God above it.

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