Becoming better Christians

I just saw the new movie ‘The Blind Side’.  We need more movies like this.  They can help teach Christians how to become better people.

Have Christians sold their souls to Republicans?

Many actions that seem to contradict our Christian morals are common practice among Republican leaders. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins; yet many, echoing Gordon Gecko, say “Greed is good”. Gluttony also is a deadly sin, yet most Republicans believe any person should be able to do whatever they want if it does not harm others. I was raised to believe that people should be stewards of the earth; but the Republican party sneers at initiatives to reduce waste and create a greener planet. I can see the merit in questioning some of the tenets of a green revolution; but the followers of the Republican leaders seem to take this to many that anything green, anything that reduces waste, is wrong.
The list goes on. Christians are admonished to help others (I think), and to help the less fortunate, and to be a good Samaritan. Yet in the U.S. Republicans teach to look out for yourself and to use others as stepping stones on your personal ladder of success.
Republican Christians like to preach that the U.S. is better than the rest of the world due to the principal of “Survival of the fittest”; and they invoke this in denying services to the poor – even though this principal only makes sense if you believe in evolution; which so many don’t.
If we asked the devil how he wants Republicans to behave, would he want them to behave any differently?
And what happened to WWJD? No one wanted to bring out that phrase during the Bush administration. What should we do with the prisoners in Cuba (WWJD)? Should we attack Iraq (WWJD)?

The Bible says “Don’t criticize others for what you yourself do” – earmarks

The bible says “You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”; yet all the Republican Senators that stood up to speak out against earmarks in the stimulus bill, put earmarks in the bill for themselves.  And the Republican leader has TWICE as many earmarks as the Democratic leader.

Source: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation/story/1068063.html

Would reducing union wages affect the price of your next car?

Many anti-union people believe that if you could reduce the union labor costs that go into creating a Hummer from $30,000 to $20,000; then the price of the Hummer would go down from $100,000 to $90,000.  This is certainly false.  In fact, it is entirely possible that the sales price of a Hummer would not change at all.  It is entirely possible that the $10,000 “savings” would simply become profit and bonus money to the chief officers that already have salaries in the tens of millions of dollars.  If that is the case, why should the union workers give up their income?  Why take this money from the poor to give it to the rich? 

Now, allow me to continue.  If the union labor costs for creating a Malibu went from $15,000 to $10,000; then I believe the price of the car may very well go from $25,000 to $21,000.  The reason for the difference is that the Malibu is under intense price pressure from competitors; but the Hummer is not.  The price consumers pay for cars is not determined by the cost of the car, it is determined by the price people are willing to pay.  The people buying Malibus are much more likely to do so if the price is lower because price is a major factor in the buying decision; but for the people buying Hummers, price is generally irrelevant.  Hummers are bought as status symbols.  (Yes, for those of you simpletons that see the whole world as black or white, price is sometimes a partial factor in some Hummer purchases, but it is certainly true that price is more of a factor for Malibu buyers than for Hummer buyers).