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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

How do Christian Americans answer “Who would Jesus vote for?”

Evangelicals may be told to vote for George Bush because he is a born-again Christian and he is against a woman’s right to choose and same-sex marriage. Jesus never took those positions.

Christian voters should consider what Jesus did say publically and consider how George W. Bush measures up to his directions. “Do unto others as you would have others do untoyou” and “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbors” are two major tenets.

George Bush lied about the reasons he took our country to war in Iraq. He lied about relentlessly pursuing Osama Bin Laden after nearly 3,0000 Americans were murdered by his orders. Undeniably, President Bush bore false witness, disobeying the teaching of the man he honors as the son of God.

Does President Bush do unto others as he would have others do unto him? Yes, if the “others” are his friends in the energy industry and at the very top of the income scale. He has does very well unto them, tax cut-wise. But he has not done so well unto the Iraqi people. All the while President proclaimed he wanted to free the Iraqi people - and he did - from the terror of Saadam Hussein, President Bush protected the Iraqi oil to be protected, but allowed the intellectual and artistic treasures of the Iraqi culture/history to be looted and destroyed. Imagine how Americans would feel toward liberating occupiers (an oxymoron, no?) if they looted and trashed the Library of Congress. Since George Bush is not much of a book reader he might not be nearly as upset as his librarian-teacher wife and the rest of us.

What are George Bush’s grades for the lessons Jesus taught during the Sermon on the Mount? How has President Bush and his power treated the poor, the meek, those weak of spirit and those in need of mercy? Not well at all. He publically ridiculed instead of showing mercy to Tanya Faye Tucker, executed while he was governor of Texas. While George Bush has been Presidnet and been sermonizing about his God-directed mission, the poor and the unemplyed and the uninsured have multiplied! George Bush has increased suffering among his countrymen and women. In contrast, Jesus nourished, miraculously extending loaves and fishes to feed his listeners.

Unlike George Bush and his handlers, Jesus loved his enemies, urged others to do likewise and even allowed them to listen to what he had to say. The disciples didn’t screen the crowd and eject everyone with a Jesus-doubting message on their robes. Not only did Jesus suffer the little children come unto him, he welcomed an audience of the opposition. Not our President.

Neither has this President followed the example of the young Jesus who drove the money changers from the temple because he wanted to clean up the corruption. Instead he welcomed the twenty-first century money changers in the temple of national service where so many of our young have been sacrificed. Jesus would have rejected Halliburtonand no-bid contracts. He would have raged against war profiteering.
To protect and cleanse the temple that is our country, Jesus would never have appointed industry officials to “police” and “regulate” their own companies and degrade our air, water and natural resources.

Much is made of Bush’s conversion to sobriety and born-again Christianity at the age of forty. We’ve been instructed to ignore everything he did before 1986. So if the George W. Bush we have as President was only born in 1986, he’s just 18 and should be treated like the rebellious, stubborn, quasi-schizophrenic teenager he’s shown himself to be, rousted from office and told not to even think about running again for 17 years when he’d be the post-born-again legally eligible age of 35.

The bumper stickers that proclaim the car owner’s Christianity with “My boss is a Jewish carpenter“ make me hope that every American who considers her or himself in the employ of Jesus will realize that after his review of George W. Bush’s job performance, the boss is printing his pink slip and giving him two and a half months to pack his belongings. Jesus would never vote for George W. Bush.

copyright 2004 by Carrie Carmichael


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