LETTERS Questions connection of capitalism to Christianity

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This election cycle we were entertained by a whole host of closet constitutionalists and historians sharing their apocalyptic visions of a "post-Christian" America.

As an evangelical Christian who doesn't buy into the use of wedge issues by the GOP to scare up votes for big business policies, I am increasingly alarmed at the lack of knowledge about the Gospel, the Bible, American history and God's hand in our nation.

Donald Rogers (Record-Courier letters, Nov. 12) claims that America is a "godly miracle," and that somehow we are a Judeo-Christian nation but doesn't get his syllogisms right. While many of our founders were Christians, they came here so that they could be free of the tyranny of state churches and monarchs who thought they knew what faith their subjects should adhere to. Perish the thought that he or anyone else should rule the nation or the lives of their neighbors with their proof-text approach to reading the Bible.

We are told by Rogers that the Constitution is under attack, but he gives no examples. Neither does he explain why the Constitution has had to be revised several times as several classes of people weren't considered citizens with equal protections and rights in the original go-round. Likewise he paints teachers and the Progressive movement as somehow demonic, and leaps to a faith in capitalism as the core of our nation. Surely, the public schools are of the devil, especially since there we learn that there are people in the world that do not think like us, look like us or behave like us.

How capitalism, not mentioned in the Constitution, became connected to Christianity is a great mystery, but the Republicans have sure made that a selling point of their ideology. And wouldn't you know it, that darned 47 percent who paid 75 percent of their taxes into Medicare and Medicaid and no longer pay taxes, they are the reason for our nation's fall from grace. No mention of those who actually caused the great recession and the high rates of unemployment.

Like any good Romneyite Mr. Rogers also proclaims the "S- word." Does he not see the irony of calling our president a socialist barely four years after capitalism at its finest destroyed our economy?

To my fellow Christians I would simply suggest that you consider that our Lord and Savior came to earth when it was ruled by a dictator, his overwhelming concern was for the lost souls, the poor and disenfranchised. As for taxes, he simply commanded: Give what is Caesar's to Caesar and to God what is God's.

How far has the church of Christ fallen when we think that we need government to do His bidding? Preach the gospel. Remember that you, too, are a sinner. "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."

Rick Hawksley, Kent

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  • What a refreshingly intelligent letter. I could not agree more with this writer.