Jesus and the Democratic Process
November 29, 2008 4 Comments
“WakeUpAmerica,” a welcome visitor to this blog, recently made an interesting suggestion. I liked the suggestion and decided to create a post that might encourage readers to think about the issue and post their comments.
If Jesus was living in America in the 21st century, what would his politics be? Would he be registered with a political party? If so, which one? Would he start his own party? Would he run for office? Would Jesus vote? What issues would matter to him most? Would he campaign for a political candidate? In the most recent general election, is there a candidate he would have voted for? Would Jesus favor a democracy, or some other form of government? In other words, how would Jesus participate, if at all, in the political process if he was a 21st-century American citizen?
Here are three questions about the questions listed above:
- What difference does it make what Jesus would do? What’s the point in asking?
- Is what Jesus would do what we should do?
- Is it any different to ask, “What would Jesus do if, instead of being Jesus, he was one of us?”
Here’s one more question, for good measure: On what basis can we speculate how Jesus would conduct himself if he lived in a democracy like ours?