Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How Would Jesus Vote?

I was in the parking lot at Shopper’s World and saw a bumper sticker that said, “Get real. Like Jesus Would Ever Own a Gun & Vote Republican.”

They got a point. The man who said, “Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” probably would not buy a Smith and Wesson. And the man who said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God” probably would not embrace a political party whose economic philosophy facilitates the accumulation of wealth.

Granted, I’m not taking sides.


Blogger Peter Everett said...

Whoever displayed the bumper sticker "Get real. Like Jesus Would Ever Own a Gun & Vote Republican" was displaying an ignorance of scripture. According to Luke 22:36, Jesus commanded his disciples to carry swords (the handgun of the day). "...and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." Peter even used one of those swords to cut off the ear of one of the high priest's servants in the confrontation at Gesthemane (an ear that Jesus miraculously healed shortly thereafter).

I think it is a safe bet that the owner of the aforementioned car at Shopper's World had little if any familiarity with with the life and words of Jesus. As for voting Republican, probably not, as a live and let live kind of guy, I figure Jesus for a libertarian.

December 20, 2009 7:23 PM  
Blogger Michael Isenberg said...

Not sure if Jesus was libertarian. But he did say "Render under to Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's." That laid the foundation for libertarianism by making the radical suggestion that there are some things which aren't Caesar's.

December 21, 2009 9:24 AM  

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