How would Jesus vote?

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Mary sent me this article, and I thought I would post it to see if anyone wants to start up a conversation.

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0 Responses to How would Jesus vote?

  1. Joseph says:

    Personally, i do not understand at all the point of asking the question that this article says Christians are asking. While I do believe that it is essential as Christians to examine what we believe and let that have an influence over how we vote (on that point I agree), I don’t think we can ask how Jesus would vote if he were here today. Or if he had faced the same choices back in the day, because he DIDN’T have the issues to vote on. So I think the question is moot.

  2. Josh Creason says:

    In his time, Jesus was radical. He was liberal. He was about change and reform in both the private and public life. He challenged norms and pointed to new ways of living. Yes I would consider him liberal for then…but it seems like his liberal is our conservative. When I look at our current political situation it looks like we have two sides claiming morality. Bush’s camp is emphasizing individual morality, the other guy’s camp is emphasizing social morality. I am beginning to think that possibly an evangelical Christian could potentially vote for the other guy and really believe they are doing the right, biblical thing. A few months ago I would have thought, “How could someone who calls themselves a Christian even consider voting for that other guy?” So, who would Jesus vote for? I don’t know.

  3. Jon says:

    I don’t know that I would agree with the statement “In his time, Jesus was radical. He was liberal.” Not for the sake of principal, but for the fact that it could possibly be encapsulated better by approaching Jesus’ interaction with current society as a revitalization movement founder. (viz. “Jesus: A New Vision”; Marcus J. Borg) While not agreeing wholly with Borg’s contribution to the historical Jesus phenomenon (from which questions like this directly stem) Borg’s main “push” is that as a revitalization movement founder, “one who stands within a tradition and…calls it to return to some earlier form”, Jesus’ focus would have been/would be towards a national renewal. “Just as he challenged the conventional wisdom at the heart of his social world, so he also challenged the politics of holiness as the dynamic shaping his people’s corporate life.” (p.125; ibid) It seems that through an approach from this direction, politics in the name of religion would be opposed by the character of Christ and in turn would yeild a renewal approach towards both parties that have been hinted to be in question. Certainly, in line with this, consistency would be a large factor, just as it was focused upon in the teachings of Jesus that have been transmitted to us today. (with a limitation that would exclude pseudographical writings such as “a woman shall not enter the kingdom of heaven unless she first becomes a man”. (The Gospel of Thomas). Yet still, a consideration of many more things must be considered in cultural dependence and universal absolute.

    Perhaps the idea of Jesus’ vote opens much more of a bag than the quip intends? But on the other hand, you have different fingers.

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