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Bigger Than Jesus

Here, thanks to Scott at Scottish Nous 2005-09-07, we have the latest contribution of the Religious Right to a vibrant Christian culture in America:

an ICHTHYS fish car magnet, inscribed with red-and-white stripes and the word BUSH.

No, I’m not kidding. This is for real. You can buy your own Bush Fish car magnet for $3.25, with discounts if you buy in bulk. (Of course, those who follow the comings and goings of creepy Freepers may note that this is not the first time that G.W.’s boosters have been aiming to save the right-hand seat for him.)



Meanwhile, Mike Tennant at Strike the Root 2005-11-09 brings us the following conversation, overheard on a Christian talk radio show out of Pittsburgh:

Caller: “[George W. Bush] led the country through 9/11 and Katrina in the most moral and righteous way possible.”

Host [Jerry Bowyer]: “I don’t think it would have been possible for him to do it in an immoral way. It’s his moral core.”

Apropos of nothing, here’s an item that was featured a while back in some obscure little left-wing rag that nobody pays attention to anymore:

9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made de the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, …

Also, while we’re at it:

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

And:

6 But when they said, Give us a king to lead us, this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD told him: Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.

10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.

The weirdest thing about the culture of the God-and-Country set these days isn’t even how chillingly statist it is. It’s how belligerently anti-Christian it is. Perhaps they need a new name for the civic religion they are creating; I’d like to suggest Caesarism, or perhaps simply blasphemy.

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  1. Discussed at www.karendecoster.com

    KarenDeCoster.com Web Log:

    Our Almighty God

    No joke. Someone has further deified Bush. What utter sickness….

— 2009 —

  1. Nick Manley

    Let’s discuss this:

    http://blog.beliefnet.com/apagansblog/2009/04/beck-bachmann-tribalism-and-terrorism.html

    I do believe the Americanists/big governmentalist Christian right is opposed to anything unlike them in tribalist fashion.

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