[anzac] WHY the "TEA PARTY" is UNCHRISTIAN - Andrew Strom

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:11:36 +1200
-by Andrew Strom.

I write this as a conservative evangelical Christian. I am anti-abortion
and hold all the usual 'conservative' views. But I have come to believe
that the Tea Party is one of the most misguided and misleading
movements in America - especially since it claims to be so "Christian".

I saw a piece written by pro-Tea Party activist recently who quoted
statistics saying that the majority of Tea Party members are 
evangelical Christians. He coined the term, "Teavangelicals". He 
says they are going to have a new Awakening and "Take Back 
America". I don't know what kind of "Awakening" he is talking 
about, but it is very different from the true spiritual Awakenings of
the past. America certainly needs a Revival. But not the kind that 
these guys are pushing. I believe it is a counterfeit of the real thing.
And if we fall for the counterfeit, then the true can be utterly lost.

So what exactly is the problem with the "Teavangelicals"? Below
is a very basic list of things that, in my view, make this movement
truly un-Christlike and unchristian:-

(1) -An Unhealthy Mixing of Christianity with Nationalism-.
When you "wrap the cross in the flag" so-to-speak, you instantly
distort the entire message and essence of Christianity. You are 
taking two totally different "kingdoms" and mixing them together. 
Jesus said: "My kingdom is not of this world."  So in mixing 
Christianity with Nationalism, you are totally distorting what His
kingdom truly stands for. Thus you get "Patriotic" actions such 
as saluting the flag or the Pledge of Allegiance being seen as 
"Christian" things to do. Marching off to war becomes a "Christian"
activity. The two "kingdoms" are being completely confused. There 
is a great deal of this happening in the church in America right 
now - and the Tea Party is really pushing it. -Utterly distorting 
what real Christianity is all about.

(2) -Being Basically the Biggest Supporters of WAR in America-.
(This is closely related to # 1).  One US commentator seriously 
stated that without the support of the American Christians the war 
would be over much quicker - because they are the staunchest 
and strongest supporters of War in the whole country. Now, can 
you imagine Jesus being like this? Can you imagine Him telling 
his disciples, "I want you to support military invasions and the 
shooting, killing and destroying of thousands of people"? -Because 
that is what WAR is. Does it sound "Christian" to you? Can we 
find anywhere in the New Testament where true Christians had 
this attitude? NO! They wouldn't have dreamed of being the biggest
supporters of War in their generation! Just think what a terrible 
testimony this is today - to all the unbelievers who are watching. 
How un-Christlike. No wonder they call us "War-mongers".

(3) -Siding with the Rich and Against the Poor-. This is the exact 
opposite of Jesus - as we see again and again in the gospels and 
the entire New Testament. Pay close attention to the following
words of Christ- "Woe to you that are rich, for you have received 
your comfort" (Lk 6:24), "How hard it is for a rich man to enter the 
kingdom of heaven" (Mt 19:23) and "You cannot serve God and 
Money." (Mt 6:24). Jesus also said: "Blessed be you poor, for 
yours is the kingdom of heaven" (Lk 6:20) and "I have come to 
preach good news to the poor" (Lk 4:18).

Can you imagine Jesus coming across like today's "Tea Party"
Christians - where they seem utterly against the cause of the poor,
and totally for the Rich and the 'Big Money' interests? Perhaps we 
have forgotten that Big Business exists largely for MAMMON and 
GREED. Can anybody tell me anything "Christian" about that? 

(4) -HEALTH CARE - Denying it to the Needy-.  (-Related to # 3).
I am not talking about "ObamaCare" here. I have no comment on
ObamaCare one way or the other. What I am talking about is a 
general attitude amongst Christians. I cannot tell you the number 
of emails that I've gotten from believers who want to deny poor 
uninsured Americans any decent Health Care. (I guess because 
they are lower-class and can't afford it). 

Do you know that millions and millions of Americans are being 
denied basic Health coverage that is totally taken for granted in 
other countries? And that it is the CHRISTIANS who want to deny
it to them? And do you know that there are multitudes of Americans 
who wind up bankrupt or losing their home simply because they 
can't pay their medical bills? Does that sound like a "Christian" 
ideal to you? Does it sound like something that believers should 
be fighting for? -Fighting on the side of Big Business against the 
"little people" who can't afford to pay? What kind of "Christianity" is that?

(5) -Pushing the Idea that "Political" Answers can Solve America's
Problems-.  To me, this is the worst deception of all - the idea that
America's problems can mainly be solved with "Political" activism,
or a change of government, or a new President. The USA's problems
are almost entirely SPIRITUAL. It is because she has lost her way
SPIRITUALLY that is causing all the other problems. And to get
the Christians all caught up in a "Political" movement is a total
distraction. A PRAYER movement - Yes!  A "Political" movement - 
NO!  It will not solve the problems in any real way at all.  In fact, it 
is like a "counterfeit" Awakening - to push the Christians into 
Political activism instead of focusing on the SPIRITUAL. It is like 
a false savior - a "pseudo" solution. The problems in America are 
Spiritual - and they need Spiritual answers. Not this "counterfeit" 
that gets everybody caught up in Political fights.

In summary, I want to say that I believe that many of the attitudes
and behaviours of the "Tea Party" evangelicals in America are
totally un-Christlike and unchristian. They come across as ugly,
mean-spirited and anger-filled. It is awful to see real believers 
caught up in anything so unlike Jesus.

I would like to challenge every Christian reading this to forward it
to your conservative friends. Tell them to come and meet me over 
at our discussion board, if they think they can prove me wrong.
I am open. If they think they can prove from the New Testament
that Christians should be thinking and behaving the way these
"Tea Party" people behave, then let them come. I will be waiting. 

Here is the link to our Discussion Board to post your comments-



God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.