BY SAM FIELDS
One of the consequences of the GOP candidates’ merger with the religious crowd is that candidates must pass a series of litmus tests. Abortion, prayer in school, gay anything are but a few of this social issue gauntlet that all fall under the catchall of “Family Values.”
There are a hundred Rightwing Christian groups that wrap themselves in some variation of “Family Values”.
As the election season goes along they all have the same message. They want a President who supports biblically inspired families that combine “Leave It To Beaver” with Jesus and The New Testament.
If it’s not it’s James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Or it’s Tony Perkins and his Family Research Council. Did I forget football coach Bill McCartney and his Promise Keepers?
They and a hundred others all have the same story about biblically-inspire family values.
But one does not have to read very far into the New Testament to realize when it comes to “family values” that these folks don’t really know or believe what the bible says. They are just convinced that the bible says what they believe.
The New Testament has only one real message: Get ready for Jesus and the Second Coming. Screw families and family values; they just get in the way.
A good starting point to truly understand New Testament family values is Matthew quoting Jesus at 10:34-37
“I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me…”
Jesus assured his followers that nothing was more important than eternal salvation through him. Everything else is “second place” to The Second Coming.
Less you think that Matthew is an anomaly, you’re wrong. In light of The Second Coming the New Testament is filled with attacks on marriage and family as counterproductive and a waste of time.
Luke 20:34-35: “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to be resurrected from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.”
But no one can top Matthew for solving the compunction for marriage and carnal desire. In Chapter 19:12 he wrote:
“There are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”
Now there’s a real “Christian family values.” It’s too bad that the fathers of Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, etc., didn’t subscribe to that belief.