Thursday, September 09, 2004

Jesus and Politics

If all sins are equally bad for taking you further away from God, where does Republican Alan Keyes get off saying that Jesus would not vote for Democrat Barack Obama because of his opinion on one political issue (abortion)? Wouldn't Jesus, if forced to vote for either candidate, weigh the totality of each candidates positions to see which ones - taken as a whole - lead further away from God? In other words, which candidates positions were the most sinful as a whole...

Perhaps Keyes just doesn't want to admit the obvious: Republicans have long convinced evangelical Christians that "abortion" is the only issue that Jesus would care about today. While Jesus would certainly have cared about the issue (even though He didn't speak directly on it in the canonical gospels), there are undoubtedly other issues that Jesus would, and did, hold strong positions on today. War, poverty, criminal justice - just to name a few.

If Jesus were here today, I'd imagine that he'd take one look at Keyes, shake his head, and say, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"

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