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Christians United Must Fight for Campaign Finance Reform

My Nana taught me that as a Christian it was best to never discuss economics or politics.

My Nana was wrong.

Christians must be discussing politics. Christians must be discussing economics. And Christians most definitely should be discussing the corrupted intersection where economics and politics seem to be meeting these days.

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Capitalism (noun):

an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

Democracy (noun):

Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

Most Americans assume that we live within capitalism. After every election, it seems that less and less of us believe we live within a democracy. By very nature of their definitions, capitalism and democracy cannot coexist.

Look at the definition of Democracy and words like “people” and “free” stand out. Look at the definition of Capitalism: “corporations”, “wealth”, “state-owned.”

Democracy and Capitalism are not allies, they are enemies.

In 2010, in the case of Citizen’s United vs. the Federal Elections Committee, The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation.

Many of us were shocked. We were enraged. We were incensed into action.

And as is often the case in politics, we grew tired and four years later, nothing has changed.

We must reignite the flames of righteousness that burn to eliminate those with 1% of the nation’s wealths to purchase election results. We must fight the hypocrisies and lies that hide beneath the thin veil of Super PACs and other loopholes that give political power to the wealthy. However, we mustn’t just fight as citizens, we must fight as Christians.

With the ability to contribute unlimited sums of money under the guises of corporations, those unincorporated get left outside. They in essence lose representation in our democracy

Because they can’t afford it.

It reminds me of the poor people who were unable to enter the Temple of Jerusalem because they could not offered to pay the exchange tax on the offerings they needed to enter the temple. The very place that was set up for them, the very place that they needed to rely upon had turned their back on them. Jesus didn’t stand for it. And neither should we.

It is time to turn these tables over and run the money changers out of our democracy.

As Christians we cannot profess that every individual matters; we cannot proclaim that those most welcome in the realm of Heaven are no longer included in our democracy while we allow the poor, the individuals, and the marginalized to be locked out of our democracy.

Capitalism is that which stands for the corporations. Democracy is that which exists for the protection of the individual.

Let us not let one more election go buy without demanding that we limit the difference in political influence the wealthy have over the poor. Let us make haste to demand that our government be of the people and for the people; not the corporations.

For the Good of the People. For the Good of the individual. For the Good of us all.

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