An excerpt from Ted Cruz’s ‘talkathon’-
“What we have here is our core values as Americans and Christians slipping away into this facade where we should take care of our poor, sick, and disabled,” said Cruz in hour 19 of his filibuster. “It is disheartening to know that the nation our forefathers built is no longer of importance to our president and his Democratic counterparts. Not only that, we are falling away from core Christian values. I don’t know about you, but I believe in the Jesus who died to save himself, not enable lazy followers to be dependent on him. He didn’t walk around all willy nilly just passing out free healthcare to those who were sick, or food to those who were hungry, or clothes to those in need. No, he said get up, brush yourself off, go into town and get a job, and as he hung on the cross he said,”I died so that I may live in eternity with my Father. If you want to join us you can die for yourself and your own sins. What do I look like, your savior or something?” That’s the Jesus I want to see brought back into our core values as a nation. That’s why we need to repeal Obamacare.”
Eh, I don’t know if this qualifies as ‘Dominion theology’ or just outright asininity.
Jesus died to save himself?
Never heard that before. In fact, I would have thought most US Christians of all denominations to find Cruz’s dubious attributions to Jesus rather offensive.
Ted certainly seems to echo the sentiments of his dad given this statement.
Unfortunately on my last visit to the US last year I found this sort of thinking to be quite common – but then again I was in the Atlanta area for most of the time.
I’m not familiar with this chap and his political orientation but from what Beatrix has described he seems to be a symptom of a much larger problem: That North American Christianity has lost its spiritual bearing. I can see how Christianity and traditional libertarianism/capitalism meshed together.
The American tradition was an interesting blend of libertarianism (with its corollary the free market) with elements of classical conservatism. Lokean liberalism’s emphasis on the individual and his/her inalienable rights stemmed from Christianity and natural law. The worth of the individual was paramount and it was the state’s responsibility to safeguard it. This would also cause economic inequality but that would be taken care of as Christianity emphasized charity. Of course we realize today that some state intervention is necessary for mitigating the effects of a volatile economy.
Yet the American tradition also borrowed heavily from the philosophy of Edmund Burke; that the state must be Christian in spirit and not theocracy. That families, communities, and public morality must be regulated by Christianity and these social groups would serve as a buffer between the individual and the state. The founding fathers were also deeply concerned that democracy would entail mob rule, a common perception shared by American and British intellectuals (such as Lord Macaulay) at the time. The electoral college was the earliest safeguard against democracy and it has been rightly argued by some that today’s America is far more democratic than what the founding fathers intended. As Paleoconservatives we are partial to Edmund Burke’s conservatism (within reason) as we witness the cultural Marxist left raze and destroy Western culture by attacking the family and Church via feminism and communism.
In both cases as we can observe, Christianity played a role in shaping the spirit and morality of law and political philosophy, and not their literal content. We don’t believe in or endorse pastors writing laws on this website but we do support the Christian character of society. Today’s cultural Marxist left (like its intellectual predecessor) seeks to subvert society by promoting rebellion; Women rebelling against men and patriarchy (feminism), workers rebelling against the Bourgeoisie (communism), Gays rebelling against society (“gay rights”) minorities rebelling against the majority (multiculturalism) ect… We as Paleoconservatives hearken back the cry of Burke:”Evolution, not revolution!”
Today’s Christian right seems somewhat displaced in it’s scope where it seeks to impose theocracy, meddle in foreign policy, and thrust a noxious philo-semitic interpretation of scripture upon the rest of us. Cruz’s take on Jesus paints a dismal picture of a reality where Christianity has to aggressively compete with other common ideologies for public space and public consciousness. Cultural subversion has fashioned a society that worships material objects with greater fervor than a pagan worships his idol. Since society is no longer Christian in spirit, Christianity has been forced out of the spiritual domain and onto the mechanistic world where it must jostle with other ideologies for public space. Hence Jesus becomes a capitalist.
I’m eager to hear your thoughts on this issue and feel free to point out any flaws in my reasoning.