Wake Up, Christians. There Is No Place For You In The Democrat Party.
This week I’ve received many emails echoing the sentiments expressed by my friend Lana:
I’ve seen you write a few times this week that “Democrats can’t be Christian” or some such nonsense. I’ve come to expect horrible things from you but these kinds of statements are despicable even by your standards. You should be ashamed. I know very many Christians are ashamed of you. Guess what, Mr. Walsh? I’m doing the impossible! I am a devout Christian AND a loyal Democrat. I go to church AND I vote for the D on the ticket. I believe in the Bible AND in the principles of the Democratic Party. See it is possible! And come November I will be proudly voting for Hillary Clinton BECAUSE I’m a Christian. So now hopefully you can stop spreading lies. Thanks. – Lana
Please don’t misunderstand me. A Christian can certainly be a Democrat, just like a Christian can be a Buddhist, or a Christian can be a Scientologist, or a Christian can worship a goat or a join a suicide cult. Christians can do anything and believe anything while still retaining the title of Christian — that is, so long as we define “Christian” as “Someone who says they are one.” It’s no surprise that Democrats would define the term in such a way, seeing as how these days they even define “man” and “woman” that way. In the liberal world, in order to be something all one must do is declare that they are that thing. This is a view shared by my 3-year-old and by Michael Scott from “The Office,” who famously declared bankruptcy by standing outside and shouting, “I declare bankruptcy!”
When I say that Democrats can’t be Christian, then, I’m not saying that you’re all a bunch of filthy sinners and those of us outside the party — Republicans, Libertarians, and so forth – are perfect angels. That’s not the point. I’m saying that being a “loyal Democrat,” as you describe yourself, requires that you fundamentally reject the authority of Christ. Not in the sense of sinning and falling short, but in the sense of actually disbelieving and condemning some of His most important teachings and some of the most essential lessons of Scripture.
The question is this: Can you believe that Christ is Lord and that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and also believe that Christ was, in some cases, a liar or a fool, and that the inspired Word of God needs to be trimmed and updated? And if you disbelieve these massive chunks of the Bible, how can you believe in Christ, considering the Bible tells us about Christ? And if you don’t believe everything Christ said, how can you believe that He is Lord, considering we only know that He is Lord because He told us? You can believe and fall short at the same time, but can you believe in Christianity and resolutely reject its precepts at the same time?
No, obviously not. To believe in Christ is to believe and accept what He taught us.
So now that we’ve figured out what it means to be a Christian, we need to consider what it means to be a Democrat. Specifically, what it means to be a loyal and current Democrat, as you’ve announced. If you go to an old folks home and stir up a political debate (one of my favorite pastimes), you’ll find that many of the elderly conservative gentlemen and women also identify as “Democrats.” That’s because they stopped following politics sometime in 1953 and have no idea about the state of ”their party” or what sort of hideous, slouching beast it has become. Perhaps someone should tell them, but I’m afraid they could not physically handle the shock of learning that women like Lena Dunham and Sarah Silverman exist, and are now the perfect mascots of the new Democrat Party. These types of “Democrats” – oblivious to the modern reality, either because they’re very old or they’ve been living in the rain forest for most of their adult lives – can be Christian and Democrat precisely because they’re not really Democrats. They’re about as Democratic as Jefferson Davis, and some of them may have even voted for him.
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