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18 de outubro de 2018

Evangelicals and Bolsonaro.

Filed under: Livros, Notícias e política, Organizações — Tags:, — Yurinho @ 12:37

With the connection between Bolsonaro and the military dictatorship, I’m a bit surprised that evangelicals want to vote for him, when there are biblical reasons not to do so. Most of these reasons gravitate to the principle of loveing your neighbor, which first appears in Leviticus and is developed throughout the New Testament from Matthew. Those who watched Haddad’s electoral segment on television saw recordings of Bolsonaro praising Ustra and lamenting that the military dictatorship did not kill “some thirty thousand” people of whom some would be innocent. The following text is aimed at those evangelicals who want to vote for Bolsonaro. If you aren’t Brazilian or religious, you may want to do something else.

Before going any further, Haddad really wants to legalize marijuana and abortion. However, neither can be done without the will of the doer. You do not have to abort or use marijuana. Besides, although abortion might become a legal possibility, I would be very happy if you did not abort. After all, according to the Statute of the Child and Adolescent , the mother who can not raise the child can place the kid for adoption without major problems. She does not need to keep the child, so in theory, abortion would be unnecessary: ​​if you can not raise your child, someone else will. Thus, you would only abort, for example, if you wanted to. The evangelical church-goer does not have to abort. The evangelical does not need to smoke anything either. If others do so, it’s not your business.

Suppose Bolsonaro decides to govern with the military dictatorship as a government model (remembering that there is a possibility of a military coup under his government), would that be a biblically acceptable situation? The return of torture? Removal of rights? Censorship? Above all, hate?

It is understandable that, in the face of such insecurity, we turn to hatred and defend drastic measures, but human wrath does not equate divine justice (James 1:20). Whoever hates is in darkness (1 John 2:11) and does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4: 8). That means I can’t hate homosexuals, for example? You can not: there is no person who does not sin and that is why we can receive forgiveness. For example, Rahab was a prostitute, but by working with the spies of Joshua, she was justified (James 2: 24-25). When a certain woman was caught in adultery and taken to Jesus, he said that only those without sin could throw a stone at her. There is no one who does not sin, so we are unfit to punish others for their sins (John 8: 1-11). Why do you want guns? Why does the removal of the Disarmament Statute looks attractive to you? Do you want to do justice with your own hands? Have you not heard that revenge belongs to God (Romans 12:19)? If you hate murder, do not become a murderer.

The commandment in which the whole law is summed up is “thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” or, put another way, “do to others what you would like to have done to you” (Matthew 7:12). He who does not love his brother (and God is the father of us all) does not walk with God (1 John 3: 10-11). Thus, the homosexual who does not hate is more likely to be saved than the liar or murderer who accuses him for being homosexual, because the accuser sins three times: once for being a liar or a murderer, twice for nurturing hatred towards another person and a third time for being a sinner who judges another sinner, casting himself as hypocrite. If God only looked at our mistakes, no one would be saved. But that would be unfair. In not God also a God of justice? The homosexual who has done many good deeds is more likely to be saved than the murderer who accuses him and then goes to church. And that’s because the first is more worth being forgiven. I do not even have to touch the subject of racism.

Do you think you can save yourself by going to church and listening to the words? That’s is self-deception: faith alone does not save, because not even Abraham was saved by faith alone (James 1:22). Had Abraham heard and believed, but not acted, would he not have been rejected? In fact, what kind of faith does not bear fruit (James 2:14)? If faith was enough to save, the devil would be saved, because the demons also believe in God (James 2:19). True religion is charity toward the oppressed, as orphans and widows (James 1:27). Bolsonaro wants to take the rights of the working classes, many of whom have children and a wife, and who, in spite of their work, sometimes need help from the government to stay alive. One may say that the worker is worthy of his wages and that those who do not work should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10), but the problem here is to take minimum working conditions from those who work. So, despite working, sometimes the worker lacks resources to buy food. We could also argue that receiving government help is like receiving “alms.” So what? Is it a sin to give alms? The prayers and alms of Cornelius Italian were accepted before God as a memorial offering (Acts 10: 1-4). So what does it matter if this is the case?

Finally, a word to those who intend to not vote: not doing a good deed when you can do it is sinning by omission (James 4:17). If you are, for example, a Jehovah’s Witness and can not vote for religious reasons, at least spread this text to others. A hate government is an anti-Christian government and the hatred has begun even before the elections are over. Evangelicals should be ashamed of supporting an overtly aggressive person with their vote.

4 Comentários »

  1. Well, Bolonsaro was elected as the President of Brazil, quite unpleasantly – and yet also quite predictably.

    We’ll see what comes next… nothing good, I strongly suspect. People who sacrifice their actual freedom for the illusive promise of security get neither at the end. The history of all dictatorial and tyrannical regimes should have taught it to us all long ago. However, most people are quite unreseptive to the lessons of history, and thus prone to repeat the same failures once and again.

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    Comentário por Explorer — 30 de outubro de 2018 @ 16:12

    • I worry about my future, sincerely. I fear I might have to give up on my dreams of teaching philosophy, as conservative regimens don’t like it’s presence in high schools.

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      Comentário por Yure — 30 de outubro de 2018 @ 17:45

  2. Yure, what do you think about this analyis of the current political situation in Brazil:

    https://socialistproject.ca/2018/10/brazil-the-collapse-of-democracy/

    The dark times for the Brazil are coming, apparently…

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    Comentário por Explorer — 27 de outubro de 2018 @ 08:09

    • I think the analysis is valid, Explorer. Everything said there is true. It does reflect the current situation. Tomorrow is the day we will vote. I’ll vote for the left and I think we have a thin chance of winning, if Bolsonaro continues to burn himself by aligning himself with the dictatorship and violence. But, according to my nephew, most people who vote for Bolsonaro (at least among the people he knows) do so in hopes of actually ending the violence. Bolsonaro is radically against crime and people are so sick of violence and so scared of leaving their homes to even work, that many would think that, as long as he contains crime, all of his other acts would be justified. Bolsonaro is capitalizing on fear. I won’t vote for him.
      But there’s a great mass of evangelicals who are lured into voting for him because the trash protestant movement, better known as Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, is in hopes of capitalizing on Bolsonaro’s administration. The bishop who owns that church also owns the Record Network, which has already made a deal with Bolsonaro. If he wins, the Record Network might receive advantages in exchange of making propaganda. So, it’s in the pastors’ best interest to make the church-goers vote for Bolsonaro. The situation looks bad.

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      Comentário por Yure — 27 de outubro de 2018 @ 12:49


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