Texas Governor Rick Perry is attending a prayer meeting this week at Reliant Stadium in Houston along with several right-wing religious leaders, including Tony Perkins and James Dobson.
Please note that I use the term “religious leaders” rather than “Christian leaders” or “ministers.” I make this distinction because—while I would never question the faith of a fellow Christian—the leadership provided by Dobson and his ilk is anything but Christian.
Instead of encouraging followers to follow Jesus’ teaching (see Matthew 22:37-39), they focus their energy on opposing gay marriage or on trivial issues like school prayer.
Likewise, right-wing politicians consistently support tax cuts for the rich and oppose programs to help the poor.
Consider the following Bible verses—all from Christ himself—and then consider the actions of right-wing politicians and religious leaders like Perry and Dobson.
…Sell everything you have and give to the poor…
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed,
because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
You cannot serve both God and Money.
They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.