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Sunday, January 31, 2016

What is "Christian" about Raphael "Ted" Cruz?

Paul Gustave Dore - Jesus Preaches the Sermon on the Mount, Strasbourg, France, 1865.
Jesus taught the Beatitudes at the Sermon on the Mount - Can Senator Cruz measure up to these standards?
Blogging as a practicing Christian, Roman Catholic, it's impossible for me to understand how Senator "Ted" Cruz calls himself the candidate of the Christian Evangelicals, when it's difficult to understand how he measures up to the standards set forth by Jesus Christ. Let's measure Senator "Ted" Cruz by the tenets explained in the Beaitudes, as taught by Jesus himself.

Jesus taught the eight Beatitudes during his "Sermon on the Mount". Many Christians even consider the Beatitudes to be a renewal of the laws given to Moses in the Ten Commandments.

How does Senator "Ted" Cruz measure up?

1.  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
       I doubt "Goldman Sachs" undisclosed loans is a place where people go when they are poor in spirit.

2.  Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 
     Has Senator "Ted" Cruz demonstrated sorrow for the thousands of people murdered by preventable gun violence every year? Not as far as I know. Instead, Cruz hangs out with people who worship guns as though they are a diety.  Senator Cruz has never demonstrated "mourning" for the root cause of gun violence.

3.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 
     I'm open to anything that will lead me to believe there is an ounce of "meekness" in Senator Ted Cruz.  He's spoken about spanking his children; he's explained how condoms somehow correlate with Republican support for birth control. Being meek would not be one of Senator Ted Cruz's attributes.

4.  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 
     Okay, maybe Senator "Ted" Cruz can self-declare himself as "righteous", it's a matter of opinion. I suspect Jesus was calling on Christians to "thirst" for righteousness, but I don't believe he preached to people in a condescending self righteous manner.  

5.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 
    This is the Beatitude where Senator "Ted" Cruz fails miserably. He has never voiced mercy for the victims of gun violence or those who are caught up in the legal conundrums of America's immigration problems. He has not shown mercy. Instead, he demonstrates callous disregard for the plight of those who need mercy.

6.  Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. 
     "Pure of heart" means not practicing hypocrisy. It's not being "pure of heart" when Senator "Ted" Cruz accused President Barack Obama of being unqualified to be the President of the United States, because he was allegedly born in Kenya, therefore, not an American citizen. Yet, there was never, ever, an ounce of evidence to suggest this lie had any merit, whatsoever. Moreover, it's not being "pure of heart" when Senator "Ted"Cruz was, himself, born on foriegn soil in Canada, and has not bothered to clear up his qualifications to run for the office of President of the United States, while court challenges to his candidacy  are being organized.

7.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. 
     "Peacemakers" do not threaten to close down the American government, putting tens of thousands of people at risk for not being paid and public services in limbo, just because he couldn't get his own way on a Congressional budget deal. This isn't  "peacemaking"; rather, his positions are acrimonious.

8.  Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." 
Certainly, it seems to me, many people have been emotionally harmed by policies supported by Senator "Ted" Cruz. Beginning with his terrible lies about President Obama's citizenship, to his strident stand against immigration reform and paths to citizenship for alein residents in the US.  Of course, Senator Cruz would likely claim his positions are "righteous", but he doesn't practice meekness while trying to adhere to policies that are harming innocent people. In fact, the people the Cruz proposed policies harm are those who have no voice or vote, being the immigrants who he will block from becoming American citizens, if he's elected president.
Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10
Although I certainly don't want to be self righteous or lack meekness, in my opinion, there's almost nothing Christian about the policies of Senator "Ted" Cruz.  Consequently, it's a mystery to me why any Christian Evangelical voter could possibly support his candidacy for President. 

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