Has politics replaced religion?

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I have something that has been burdening my heart for a long time, and I feel that this is the perfect place to share it. I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and we were discussing how all religious beliefs attempt to explain and appease the existential crises we all have; he said that we must gage our beliefs on what is good, rather than what feels good. I brought up how I feel that the issue with Western society is that it promotes short-term pleasure over long-term fulfillment. He made a very good point about how politics is a great example of this: Pleasure isn't just what we physically want, but what feeds our egos as well. People feel pleasure when their fears and hatreds are validated and justified. For evidence of this, all one needs to do is go on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where it seems that negativity and trolling is rewarded with clout and notoriety. Most contemporary movements have fed on this desire to be as negative and offensive as possible (SJWs, the alt-right, contemporary feminists, liberals, conservatives, etc.).

The Christian gospel which preached about helping your fellow man and treating people with respect, has been replaced by modern-day cults which preach hatred for -- and domination of -- the Other. Evangelism has been replaced with internet trolling and clout chasing. I would go even farther to say that most contemporary political movements are glorified cults in which everyone is expected to act and think the same -- This, imo, is because politics has replaced religion. The desire to provide meaning to one's life is inherent in every human being, and sadly many of us fill it with meaningless nonsense.

Thoughts?
 
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I have something that has been burdening my heart for a long time, and I feel that this is the perfect place to share it. I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and we were discussing how all religious beliefs attempt to explain and appease the existential crises we all have; he said that we must gage our beliefs on what is good, rather than what feels good. I brought up how I feel that the issue with Western society is that it promotes short-term pleasure over long-term fulfillment. He made a very good point about how politics is a great example of this: Pleasure isn't just what we physically want, but what feeds our egos as well: people feel pleasure when their fears and hatreds are validated and justified. For evidence of this, all one needs to do is go on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where it seems that negativity and trolling is rewarded with clout and notoriety. Most contemporary movements have fed on this desire to be as negative and offensive as possible (SJWs, the alt-right, contemporary feminists, liberals, conservatives, etc.).

The Christian gospel which preached about helping your fellow man and treating people with respect, has been replaced by modern-day cults which preach hatred for -- and domination of -- the Other. Evangelism has been replaced with internet trolling and clout chasing. I would go even farther to say that most contemporary political movements are glorified cults in which everyone is expected to act and think the same -- This, imo, is because politics has replaced religion. The desire to provide meaning to one's life is inherent in every human being, and sadly many of us (including myself at one point, as many of you can witness) fill it with meaningless nonsense.

Thoughts?
I agree with most of your assessment. Except the bolded/color red statements.
I don't think that Christianity has been replaced by cults which preach hatred, or that Evangelism has been replaced with trolling and clout chasing. I find it far more offensive. I believe that the Christianity (and certainly not the only religion, but the prevalent one in the USA) and Evangelism have EMBRACED hatred and trolling and clout chasing. They have embraced it and included it into their doctrines.
 
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I believe that the Christianity (and certainly not the only religion, but the prevalent one in the USA) and Evangelism have EMBRACED hatred and trolling and clout chasing. They have embraced it and included it into their doctrines.
Explain what you mean.
 
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Churches used to go out and help the homeless and feed the hungry.
Now they march to stop gay rights and the ERA ... they demonstrate at Planned Parenthoods screaming "baby butchers" at patients entering the facility ... they endorse and support hate-mongering and racist, misogynistic, homophobic, Islamaphobic Xenophobic political candidates ... the list goes on.
 
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Churches used to go out and help the homeless and feed the hungry.
Now they march to stop gay rights and the ERA ... they demonstrate at Planned Parenthoods screaming "baby butchers" at patients entering the facility ... they endorse and support hate-mongering and racist, misogynistic, homophobic, Islamaphobic Xenophobic political candidates ... the list goes on.
Don't you think that this is because the message of Christ has been perverted by malicious forces?