Right-wing Christians get so wrapped up in their self-righteousness that they’re oblivious to the harm they do to others — or they embrace that harm and revel in it, barely concealing their malice, jealously, and envy for other, less fortunate people.
This is not what Christ wanted out of his followers. Even considering much of what Christ said wasn’t recorded until later, their barely concealed rage conflicts with his teachings that were recorded. To remind right-wing Christians of this, a hashtag started trending today on Twitter — #ThingsJesusNeverSaid — and it’s got them dead to rights.
Perhaps by coincidence, the lead-up to Easter this year has been one highlighted by conservative bigotry and exclusionary practices. From pizzerias to “religious freedom,” the right has taken every opportunity to remind us that they’re bigots, that they hate people who aren’t like them, and that they’ll do anything to justify that hate, including cling to a few select “clobber verses.”
That Jesus, even though he was the leader of a messianic apocalyptic cult in first century Judea, wanted better from his followers is beyond dispute.
To remind right-wingers that they worship a deity of kindness and love, not hate and envy, Twitter users the world over started the hashtag #ThingsJesusNeverSaid — and as Twitter users are wont to be, it’s did so in a hilarious way:
Comedian John Fugelsang even joined in:
Yes, but did he support the rich and powerful? Because that’s all that matters.