The Greatest Commandment

Conservatives and Republicans love to keep Jesus the Christ’s name in their mouths. For all the ambiguities and discrepancies in the Bible, Jesus was clear on one thing: Love your neighbor. There are many passages in the text that we could (and should) debate, including the origins of the text itself. But generally speaking, theists and atheists can agree that Jesus was a fan of the Golden Rule.

So can someone please tell me why Republicans, who have branded themselves the champions of religious freedom, are responsible for prosecuting Scott Daniel Warren for providing food, clothing, and shelter to migrants in Arizona? This is disgusting. A disgrace. A dreadful attack on good people who dare to defy Orange Julius Caesar. It’s not the first time it has happened, either.

We all saw this coming, but it is still infuriating. The only positive result of this current political climate is that the veil of decency has been incinerated. The violent racist, sexist, classist nature of this country cannot be hidden or denied. As the pile of this administration’s hateful antics grows, the moral authority of self-professed “Christian” political leaders shrivels. They cannot continue to chip away at the rights of people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and the poor under the guise of Christianity. They are indeed the wolves referenced in Matthew 7:15.

We reach a new low when we criminalize compassion. If you treat migrant neighbors as human beings, you are criminalized. What a world.

Dr. Barbara Ransby

I’m not being hyperbolic here. This is a country where people are facing prison time for giving water to people in need. Literally. This is a betrayal of basic human decency. Jesus himself made it plain because he knew y’all would do your best to corrupt his message. He gave his Greatest Commandment in Matthew 22:35-40. I’m not getting into the atheist and agnostic views of verse 37 right now. The existence or nonexistence of God is not as politically relevant to me as our treatment of one another, especially our treatment of people in desperate situations. Verse 39 is the hook for me. It goes right along with Matthew 25:40. Jesus said, on more than one occasion, to help people who need it. So how is it that conservatives/Republicans are so determined to do the exact opposite? (A rhetorical question, of course. We all know how.)

When asked about the meaning of the Greatest Commandment, Jesus offered the parable of the Good Samaritan. If Scott Daniel Warren isn’t a good Samaritan, I don’t know who is. His legal troubles should not be ignored.

I am certainly not perfect. I know I have some gaps in empathy, but unlike your favorite political figures, I am not out here actively hurting people. I just don’t know what else to do to fight them. I am donating. I am making calls to elected officials. I am volunteering. I am tired. People in power are doing their best to make all of dystopian fiction a reality. Their supporters are sitting back in smug satisfaction, thanking God for a government that punishes people that provide water to frightened migrants in the desert.

*sigh* I’m not even mad that humans might not be here in 30 years. Mother Nature is tired of our shenanigans.

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