We Are Basically All Holy

This past week congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sounded off in disgust after the first day of Supreme Court hearings to confirm nominee Amy Coney Barrett. She said on her twitter account that, “Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism. Fact is, if today Christ himself came to the floor of Congress and repeated his teachings, many would malign him as a radical and eject him from the chamber.” She then included in her tweet a video of her from February in a committee hearing  basically saying the same thing. In the video she references Jesus again saying “...if Christ Himself walked through these doors, [teaching] that we should love our neighbor and our enemy, that we should welcome the stranger, that we should fight for the least of us…He would be maligned as a radical and rejected…The only time religious freedom is invoked is in the name of bigotry and discrimination. I'm tired of it.” She also says in the video that conservatives use scripture as a “weapon” for bigotry and hate and not for loving other people.

Seeing liberal theology twist and water down Jesus' teachings on love is nothing new. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is defining love to mean that we allow anyone to do anything without anyone saying it is wrong. Her idea of love is not based in God's truth but in man’s own relative truth. Her abusive use of Christian love is molded into what she wants it to be, not how God has declared it. But this isn’t the most shocking part. 

I may agree with her that Jesus could very well be rejected if He were to come to earth today. He was rejected the first time He came to earth. The masses rejected Him and wanted Him crucified. Yet, unlike what she thinks, I believe He would probably be rejected by both the left and the right. There is so much sin everywhere that no one would be spared. She pigeonholes it to being a left and right issue, a democrat and republican issue. Jesus though is not privy to any particular party or ideology on earth. He stands for Himself, not a political leaning. In fact I know she would reject Christ too and I’ll show you how in a moment. This is still though not the biggest issue I have with her statements. 

The bigger objection I have is what she says later in the video about holiness. All the headlines are grabbing what she said about Jesus being rejected. Yet not one raised an eyebrow to her statements on holiness. The most intriguing part of what she said was that, “It is part of my faith that all people are holy and all people are sacred. Unconditionally. And that is what prompts us to transform because it is unconditional.” When she references her faith I would like to know what faith that is. The Bible clearly teaches that everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:23).  That no one is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). Now we are to aspire to be holy, but that is not what the congresswoman is saying. She is saying that we basically are all naturally holy. That everyone is good regardless of who they are or what they do. She has a  very humanistic belief for someone that supposedly has “faith”. 

What she fails to realize is the fact that she contradicted herself. she went on and on about us not listening to Jesus.  About how wonderful His teaching is on loving our neighbor. About how He would be rejected by our society today. How we need to follow Him and what He said. Well if that is true then how is she at the same time rejecting Christ’s teaching that no one is holy like she believes? Jesus said, “No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18) This just goes to show that she does not truly believe in Christ. That she doesn’t really know much about Christ and what He taught. That she just uses His teachings that are convenient for her. Her faith is not a true saving faith. Her faith is a faith a lot in our society have; I believe in what I think is right. This is why I think she would reject Christ if He went into congress; because she is rejecting Him now within her own heart.

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