Somehow Facebook has decided that at least once a day I need to see Texas Senator Dan Patrick’s video about how he is a Christian first, a Conservative second and a Republican third. This is supposed to convince me to vote for Dan in his bid for the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor. And let’s face it, the GOP nomination just means he’s being elected Lt. Governor in March instead of November.
Dan is not the only Christian running for Lt Governor. All of the Republican candidates make a point of their church affiliation, though he and Todd Staples have made the biggest point of claim to Christian faith. To look at their websites, there is only one thing more important than Jesus to either Dan or Todd.
It’s Todd’s default top issue and you can’t even get into Dan’s site without skipping past a whole page which tells you how Dan feels about it and insisting that you signup to tell him just how much you agree with him. It is the issue above all issues to both of them. And the funny thing is, it is most important issue to me and yet I couldn’t disagree with them more.
Dan goes on and on in his video about how important his faith is to him, but he never mentions that there are lots of Christians that he actively wants to send into a life of poverty and violence. He can’t wait to get them there. He is unhappy that the Obama administration is deporting people at twice the rate of the Bush administration, because they just aren’t doing their job.
He doesn’t want many of the active, church-going Christian young people of Texas, who have lived in Texas almost all their lives but were born on a different piece of real estate just a few miles away, to have a college education. In fact, he would prefer young people from any other state who moved to Texas a year before college to have the benefits of in-state tuition, rather than those who were raised here and went all through school here.
Dan Patrick hates the stranger and the alien in our midst. He is not subtle about it. He says so on every pubic platform he gets. He wants to be in a position of even greater leadership in our State and he wants be elected because he hates the stranger and the alien. He want you to choose him for this reason. He wants you to sign up through his website to declare your own hate and he even offers a menu of options so you call tell him what you think is the best way to show your hatred and his.
Dan Patrick says his Christian faith is the most important thing in his life. The Apostle John, in his first letter, disagrees. I would encourage you to go read the whole letter, but here are a few of the things he says:
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:9-11
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:14-17
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21
According to John, Dan’s lying. Who should I believe? Who should you believe?
So go ahead, Dan, and tell me how important your Christian faith is to you. Tell me how Jesus wants you to send as many Christian brothers and sisters back to life under power of the cartels, where they can see headless bodies hanging from bridges and body parts piled up at the gates of elementary schools to show what happens to those who do not submit willingly. Tell me how Jesus wants you to stop as many people as possible from the safety and security of the State you want to lead. Tell me how Jesus wants you to treat children born in this country better than children born elsewhere and make sure the former have educational opportunities and the latter do not.
I will tell you to stay away from reading 1 John, the Gospel of John, the Sermon on the Mount, the book of James – oh, just avoid most of the New Testament and fair bit of the Old as well – because you might doubt you have any Christian faith at all. I know I do.
I say this knowing that a lot of my Christian friends have already written me off and are going to vote for you, Dan. You will probably get elected and end your inaugural speech with “God bless America and God bless Texas” or something like that. I will only ask that God have mercy on us as nation and as a state.