Huckabee: Alternative to Wealth is “Waiting for Government Rescue”

PASTOR MIKE Huckabee. Overcome poverty by becoming a Republican?

PASTOR MIKE Huckabee. Overcome poverty by becoming a Republican?

Mike Huckabee is a politician-pastor who will announce Tuesday that he’s a candidate — again — for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. I have nothing against deeply spiritual or religious people being active in politics, including running for office. But Pastor Huckabee betrays a woeful ignorance about the connection between Christian thought, government policy and poverty.

As part of his announcement that he will announce something about his Presidential aspirations on Tuesday, Rev. Huckabee said:

I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.

So, Pastor, what you’re telling us is that if we are poor, our only course of action is to wait for the government to rescue us. God isn’t going to help. Religious community isn’t going to help. Looking for work is of no avail. Gaining an education? Forget about it. The only two courses of action are government handouts or continued poverty.

I don’t quite understand how the simple act of joining a specific political party is a legitimate or practical alternative or solution to poverty, but maybe he’s speaking a code I don’t understand.

Quite apart from his politics — with which I disagree while absolutely agreeing with his right to hold those views despite what I see as being self-contradiction with Jesus’ teachings — the spiritual and religious malpractice evident in that statement is noteworthy.

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