‘If Jesus were in the world today, would he be a Republican or a Democrat’ disregards the Alaska Independence party and the no-new-taxes party of Afghanistan that seeks to fund its post-American government with 30 years of loans from the U.S.A. in order to stimulate business. If such parties existed we might wonder if Jesus would seek to be a card carrying member. A more important question you could ask is; ‘Would Jesus Believe in Global Warming?’ If at least Oprah would declare her belief the problem might be solved straight away.
The Prince of this World is the political power of greed and desire for power over others. Jesus Christ was here to save people from their inherent fallen nature and will to continue in sin. Humanity naturally doesn’t seek Utopia, or hasn’t presently so far had the intellectual capability of envisioning such a political process so effective that all would willingly sign aboard.
We could ask; would Jesus prefer Republican or Democratic wars in Afghanistan for a decade or more, and would Jesus prefer that the poorest of Americans have no comprehensive health care coverage while the prosperous argue about federal payments to people making 88,000 dollars annually? Is that plan perfect enough for God to smile upon it? Isn’t the continuing war in Afghanistan created to empower redistribution of wealth to select corporations and corruptions trans-globally? Can’t Al Qaeda be kept at bay for just ten billion dollars annually in Afghanistan? How much does Al Qaeda and the Taliban spend on the conflict? What kind of economic planning would Jesus do in the House or Senate, and what lobbyists would he have visit-those with 30 pieces of silver in their pocket? Would Jesus Christ be a graduate of Harvard University or the more democratic and low cost Excelsior ((formerly Regents College Degrees) of Albany N.Y.? DO we think Jesus would have a B.A. or an LLD or PhD? Would he just be a lowly telemarketer or a homeless guy seeking to register with one of the two main political parties so he could wangle a job in some trans-national corporation?
Jesus wasn’t a nominalist -He was of The One God who is Three Persons.
His rule is Absolute perfection. He is the Creator of All Things Created-not a local limited knowledge temporal runner of budget, environmental, trade and security deficits. Yet we shall consider the improbable a little for your amusement..
Perhaps He would be a libertarian or a member of the Alaska or American Independence Party. If he had been here when Theodore Roosevelt was running for a second term assuredly he would have been a member of the Bull Moose Party. It is plainly stupid to believe that he would have found the Whig Party incapable of reforming its own policies sufficiently to run the United States with the firm, adroit leadership of George W. Bush.
Jesus Christ was a follower of political political front runners? Wasn’t he that Tiberius Caesar party organizer in Jerusalem seeking a promotion to the big time in Rome. Wait-we are to believe that He would have been a political candidate seeking election by the woefully sinful electorate. There was an election in the courtyard of Pontius Pilate the Roman Procurator and the Jewish hench-voters elected the arch criminal Barabbas to be set free. If Jesus sought to be elected by anyone is was by God. All Christians are the elect pre-determined to be saved, even if the weather is cold and their sleeping bags are wet so they must shiver a little at things besides the national debt.
If Jesus Christ were to have run against either Obama or McCain he would have had to be an independent. His second coming thought is supposed to be with all the power of heaven mopping up after the disaster-maybe in 2012 when some of the comets and hailstones the size of egos strike the world and people look for non-flimsy cave-dwelling to seek shelter in. Supposedly the stars will fall from the sky, perhaps having something to do with gravity or hot things making their way through the atmosphere, and the electorate will be toasted and frozen all the while experiencing increasing taxes and federal deficits with increasing outsourcing of quality jobs to China. Television programming will become stupid. If Jesus had appeared on the Oprah show or received The Arnold’s endorsement, perhaps holding up his hand in the double victory symbol he would have perhaps received a narrow majority of the votes.
It is inconceivable that no Oprah or Arnold were present in Jerusalem when Satan was having a string of victories leading to the cross and the public shame of trudging along the stone road to Golgotha on the hill. With popular p.r. support to offset the dirty deeds of the Sanhedrin that were after all looking out for the interests of the masses-or so they believed- disregarding the warning of Jesus that no stone would be left standing in the temple and other indications that he wasn’t ordinary lint for stapling to some wood in the wind.
I believe I prefer to consider if Jesus were alive today would he play for the Yankees or the Giants?
Our Lord has already judged humanity and found it wanting. Our only hope is to throw ourselves upon the mercy of God and accept the sacrificial atonement of Jesus to be relieved from the horrible verdict of eternity in hell aware that we denied our only salvation. So you think Jesus might support either political party of the damned?
Would Our Lord have been a Pharisee or a Sadducee that such a question might be asked? Can anyone believe that he might have claimed to be of either sect perhaps joining one side to get a more partisan view of how eternity might be? Would he have sat in and audited the classes of Hillel or Gamaliel. Did Paul not relinquish such affiliations after conversion excepted when it was of value to defend himself against the legalistic persecution of an apposite sect?
I appreciate quite a lot that anyone might consider that God would condescend to join one of our primary political parties in the United States. One might want to have a sense of humor about such possibilities though. Maybe General McCrystal will be a Republican or a Democrat too after wrapping up the Afghanistan mission and consider the question. I think that Jesus would be offended by abortion and homosexuality issues, would think that two much rendering unto Cease as well as the Temple tithing is actually being badly spent, would consider trans-national corporations a kind of greater Babylon phenomena if His intelligence were reduced to the level of average Democrats or Republicans, and if he voted at all it would be on the Peace and Green Days Party.
We shouldn’t just regard political officials as the Caesars, Nero, Caligulas, Tiberius and Herods of our time of course. The Prince of this World that put Jesus to death was employed by the temple priesthood of his own people. In America our own hierarchical priesthood fundamentally aligns with oily Republicans, the Democrats have the corrupted versions of churchy hierarchies, and neither supports and egalitarian priesthood of believers or is willing to have a clue that such should replace the hierarchical priesthood since were now mostly all literate. Something must exist in either political party that would attract the interest of God though as being especially deserving of His becoming a member of such a party, right?
It must be the unbalanced budget policies endemic since the Reagan administration, the interest in cloning and removing mentions of God from public places, the way that campaign financing occurs and the support for foreign wars in which hundreds of thousands are killed. When presented with choices of evil Jesus seemed tom slipped away to renormalize on working for the good. What party works for the good impartially and selfless and which party seeks just to benefit their own constituents?
We might ask if Jesus would be an abortionist, if he would be C.E.O. of a major corporation with a totalitarian and huge bonus for execs policy, if he would outsource jobs to China without finding replacements of equal value in America, if he would support the poorest of the poor being excluded from health coverage, if he would advocate inefficient housing design and land use policies and so forth? Would Jesus stand on a stage year in and out collecting tithes while his chillin worked hard to make ends meet? Jesus walked on water and feed the five thousand with a couple loaves and a few fish-he would have overcome all of the economic and environmental issues America experiences straightaway. He would not have been duped into voting for either of two parties that simply kick back to concentrated interests of wealth.
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