January 4, 1999
The Community Press
After reading “Christ’s Trials Remembered” (December 23, 1998), one could argue that Priscilla O’Donnell has shocked the conscience of Christianity.
She referred to Christ’s crucifixion as “… the story of the temporary triumph of evil over good.” She goes on to say that, “Ever since then Christians have been called upon to fight the battle over and over again.”
Christ’s death was the blood atonement for our sins. The crucifixion was not a triumph of evil, temporary or otherwise.
Furthermore, we have not “been called upon to fight the battle over and over again”, as O’Donnell asserts. We are helpless on our own against Satan’s power. Only the power of Jesus Christ can overcome evil.
O’Donnell went on to state that “The parallels between Christianity and the central tenets of the Democratic philosophy are manifest.” She mentioned school lunches, Head Start, public education, Social Security, and Medicare.
All of these programs have one thing in common: The government forcibly confiscates (under penalty of law) the resources of one group of people and hands them over to another who may or may not need them. Is that Christianity?
Jesus expects us to help those in need. We as individuals are to choose how to help. Options include financial contributions to the Red Cross, United Way, or others. Or working in soup kitchens. This is the Christian way and it squares with the central tenets of the Republican Party. Lower taxes frees up more time and money for us to help those in need without bureaucratic government interference. Jesus never suggested that the government should take this responsibility (charitable giving) away from the people or the churches.
Does Jesus Christ approve of the central tenets of the Democratic Party, as O’Donnell seems to think? Would Jesus be in favor of child pornography or pornographic “art”? Would He be in favor of homosexuality? (The King James Bible calls homosexuality an abomination. See Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; 1 Timothy 1:9, 10; and Jude 7.) Would He be in favor of handing out condoms in schools in place of Scripture tracts? Would He be in favor of abortion for any reason? The Democratic leadership even favors partial-birth abortions through the ninth month for any reason including sex selection. Furthermore, they want to take our tax dollars to pay for it. Would Jesus Christ be in favor of these things that the Democratic Party leadership has been fighting for?
The Democratic leadership thinks that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution allows for these atrocities. Would George Washington or Thomas Jefferson think so? No, but Larry Flynt and his fellow Democrats sure do.
O’Donnell crossed the line from outrage to insult when she drew parallels between the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the impeachment of President Clinton. Clinton has disgraced himself, his family, his party, his office, and our country. He doesn’t even have the dignity to resign.
Bill Clinton seems to be the Al Capone of politics. The government could only convict Capone (a notorious gangster) of income tax evasion. Likewise, Congress has only been able to impeach Clinton on perjury and obstruction of justice. However, Ken Starr is still investigating Clinton’s other numerous scandals.
The Democratic Party leadership has chosen to stand in the gutter with their president. Could this be “guilt by association”?
Clinton should be removed from office, prosecuted in a criminal court and (if found guilty) sentenced to five years in a federal penitentiary. This is what any other unrepentant perjurer would face. Why should Clinton be held to a lower standard?
John E. Becker