Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza's Political Christianity bears bad fruit

"The criminal charges, filed in U.S. District Court, allege that D’Souza in 2012 illegally reimbursed associates(mistress included) whom he asked to make donations valued at $20,000 to an unnamed Senate campaign. At the time, primary and general election campaign contributions to federal candidates were limited to $2,500 each from any individual to any single candidate."
The Washington Post

"Dinesh stayed at a hotel with Denise Odie Joseph II during an apologetics conference last month in South Carolina, according to World Magazine.
D'Souza told conference organizer Alex McFarland that nothing happened that night though they shared the same hotel room, the magazine reported"
The Christian Post

"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit."
Jesus quoted in Luke 6:43

 For Dinesh D'Souza Christian tribal identity is more important than Christian personal integrity. Dinesh puts political ambition over personal character. Political Christianity is a tree of double standards and hypocrisy that bears bad fruit and bad faith.

Nothing like the combination of religion, politics, sex, and money. Dinesh has managed to combine all of them in this scandal.  The kingdom of Jesus is not of this world but Dinesh's certainly is. Dinesh's apologetics in delivery and substance reminded me of someone defending their own ego instead of the faith itself. 

In the kingdom of Political Christianity, power is more important than purity. Giving money to your mistress to fund your political friends is justified and easily forgiven on the altar of power. The overt hypocrisy is ignored because after all Dinesh belongs to the right political and religious tribe. In Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov "without God everything is permitted" but with tribal and political Christianity "with God everything is permitted."
Jesus of Nazareth was much more tough on his own tribe than those outside his tribe. Dinesh does the opposite - all things are permitted within the tribe and those outside the tribe are given no understanding or mercy only judgement.

The Apostle Paul had a different paradigm than Dinesh's Political Christianity.
"What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?"
 1 Corinthians 5:12

Other political and partisan movements are also part of this tribal hypocrisy where they go soft on their in-group but are merciless towards the out-group.

Whatever your political ideology one should remember what Kant and Madison stated:

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."
James Madison

"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."
Immanuel Kant

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