Yep, that’s the headline on a recent article by Phil Zuckerman at The Huffington Post.
His premise is based on his read of the results from a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that he says statistically proves what social scientists have previously claimed: “White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus.”
Zuckerman really digs into the evangelical zeal for “loving” Jesus as a savior, but not so much in his teachings of mercy, forgiveness and communal responsibility:
Before attempting an answer, allow a quick clarification. Evangelicals don’t exactly hate Jesus — as we’ve provocatively asserted in the title of this piece. They do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them. Through his magical grace, and by shedding his precious blood, Jesus saves Evangelicals from everlasting torture in hell, and guarantees them a premium, luxury villa in heaven. For this, and this only, they love him. They can’t stop thanking him. And yet, as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain.
Provocative food for thought on the collusion of conservative political, religious and social thought…