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March 6th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

My Take: Who would Jesus vote for?

Editor's note: Larry Alex Taunton is the founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation and author of “The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief.” You can follow him on Twitter @larrytaunton.

By Larry Alex Taunton, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Jesus isn’t up for re-election this year. He’s an uncontested incumbent of sorts.

But that hasn’t stopped presidential candidates from claiming his endorsement and hoping to ride his royal robe into the White House. They invoke his name to summon votes the way his Apostles once used it to make the lame walk and the blind see. They try to, anyway.

Presidential candidates strive to convince the public of their unique qualifications for the highest office in the land. They draw sharp comparisons between themselves and their rivals on issues ranging from the Middle East to health care. They do, that is, on every issue but one: the Christian faith.

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There each asserts that he, not his rivals, is the genuine article: Rick Santorum, scrambling to save his flagging campaign, is busy preaching his Christian credentials to evangelicals hoping to secure their money and their votes; Mitt Romney, less successful with that constituency, has nevertheless endeavored to convince them that Mormons are Christians, too; and Barack Obama, not to be left out, boldly stated at last month’s National Prayer Breakfast that his policies are guided by his Christian convictions and are consistent with the teachings of Jesus.

Given these claims, we might reasonably wonder whose candidacy the king of kings would endorse. Who would Jesus vote for?

That is a question Jesus’ contemporaries wanted to know, too. Not that there were any Democrats or Republicans at that time (whether that is good or a bad I leave you to decide). But there were plenty of political parties vying for power. Romans, Zealots, Sadducees, Pharisees and Scribes all wanted to know Jesus’ politics. Would he support their agendas, or was he an enemy to be destroyed? Let’s consider the evidence.

Contrary to their Hollywood image, Roman authorities are depicted throughout most of the New Testament as ambivalent to Christianity. Indeed, the first Gentile convert of the new church was a centurion (Acts 10). Shortly thereafter a Roman proconsul also embraced the faith (Acts 13:6-12). It was not until the burning of Rome in A.D. 64 that state-sponsored persecution of Christians began. Before then, Roman authorities were mainly concerned with preserving order in a religiously diverse empire. But when the crowd accused Jesus of treason against Rome - bad politics, so to speak - Pontius Pilate crucified him (John 19:4-16).

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What about the Zealots? Although Scripture says little about them, it is a safe assumption that they were also interested in Jesus’ politics. Violent and embittered by Roman tyranny, the Zealots wanted to overthrow Roman governance of Israel using any and all available means. Was Jesus the conquering Messiah they had long anticipated? When he demonstrated a capacity to woo crowds and perform miracles, some attempted to seize him and make him a king. But Jesus withdrew (John 6:15). Many scholars think that it was, in part, a disappointed Zealotry that incited members of the Jerusalem mob to call for Jesus’ death when they might have asked for his release. Who was released in his place? Pilate gave them Barabbas, a murderer and possibly a Zealot.

As for Jesus’ encounters with the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes, they are well-documented. Having amputated Judaism from authentic worship of God, they were quick to recognize that Jesus’ message was a threat to their monopoly on power - political as well as religious. When it became clear to them that he would not yield to their authority, they plotted to kill him (John 11:47-53).

So what may we deduce from this about Jesus’ political views? First of all, Jesus was not, as some suggest, indifferent to politics. As the great theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper once observed, “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’ ”

Nevertheless, he did not endorse any political platform because he knew that politics are merely a superficial manifestation of the inner man. Hence, it was his practice to address matters of the heart - justice, mercy, love, man’s need for his atoning work - and the eternal consequences that accompany our attitudes toward each. The result was that he condemned elements of every group for their sinfulness and refusal to obey God, while affirming others for their obedience.

Secondly, we learn that Jesus was not seeking political transformation of society, but spiritual transformation. There is a difference. Many evangelicals believe that societal reform is a top-down process: Remove President Barack Obama and frustrate initiatives of the Democratic Party and you’re well on your way.

By contrast, Jesus did not consider Pilate or Tiberius the root of the problem. They were representative of a systemic cultural rot. Wicked people make wicked laws. Change the people, and you change the laws they make.

Finally, Jesus understood that while party affiliation may be an expression of one’s deeply held convictions it does nothing to put you in right standing with God. To lose sight of this, as many on the “religious right” have, is to confuse conversion to a political platform with conversion to Christianity.

To be clear, Christians should exercise their political rights. I exercise mine with relish. But we should never place our hopes in the political process. Hope is found neither in politicians nor in the laws they enact but in Jesus Christ alone.

So who would Jesus vote for? As the executive director of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, I cannot legally tell you that.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Larry Alex Taunton.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church and state • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (1,019 Responses)
  1. jon

    First of all, the real name of the messiah isnt j-e-s-u-s, its YAHUSHA. and the Creators name is YAHUAH. its not j-e-s-u-s or, g-o-d. do a search on google on this. YAHUAH AND YAHUSHA

    March 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      You should take a class on Hebrew. Jesus is the Greek name we know him by since Paul was so eager to get the message out to the world (most of the world spoke Greek for trade at that point in time). The terms yahua or yashua (it would actually be Yeshua) were not ever used because English wasn't around during that time, and Hebrew doesn't use alpha-numeric values....duh!!!!! The meaning of Yeshua would be translated to Joshua currently, and then word means "God saves." Please learn some Hebrew before you try to argue his name was something that DIDN'T exist during that time. Just ridiculous!!!!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • William Demuth

      The real name of the savior is spelled S-N-O-O-P D-O-G.

      It is written he is the shizel!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      Also, the terms "Jehovah," "Yahweh" and are the same term. From what I have found, the Germans chose to go with the "j." In roman times, Latin didn't have a "J". People still argue over whicc is the correct translation.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      William, learn how to spell if you are going to insult something. The word is spelled "Snoop Dogg." Please try to keep up!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • William Demuth

      GauisCaesar

      Aww, its just a "G" thing!

      (sound of rimshot)

      March 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Spell it however you want but it's still just made up B S.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  2. Marc

    Jesus, Allah, and God are not the problem, believing in them is.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Believing in God (Jesus Christ) isn't the problem....allow religion bring division is the major problem. Especially when you allow it to stray you from Christ to follow other "gods" or idols that doesn't even exist.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Godless

      "Especially when you allow it to stray you from Christ to follow other "gods" or idols that doesn't even exist."

      I'm guessing you don't see the humorous irony in your statement, how you so quickly and easily dismiss "other" gods as non-existent....

      March 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      So, godless....tell me, out all of the "gods" there is, how many do you serve or believe in?

      March 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • sam stone

      Sure, Higgy, your imaginary god is superior to their imaginary god.....

      March 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  3. HeIsGod

    God in His divine mercy sent His Son to us so through Him the world be saved. Human being are self-destructive and would probably re-sacrifice Christ on the Cross all over again than to let Him vote.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Bob

      So how come your weak excuse for a god couldn't get the 'saving' job done with a flick of his fingers or less, instead of all the absurd son-nailed-to-sticks foolishness? Quite the wimp of a god you've made for yourself there.

      March 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  4. Get Real

    Jesus would obviously vote for Rick Santorum because as Jesus so famously said "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and the Separation of Church and State makes me want to throw up".

    March 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Rick and JC would be butt buddies.

      JC pitching, Rick catching

      March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • justme

      bill, it's getting hard to keep up here so you should look at page 17 kevin's story for a good laugh. look for the video.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  5. CommonGood

    As a moderate Christian, I thought this article was uplifting and refreshing.

    Our moral conscious shouldn't come from a pulpit. Instead, the person at the pulpit should only call out what's already placed there by God. If you rely on religion/politics and use it like a cane (using it to prop up yourself while beating up on others), it will not give you what you truly need or seek, only a twisted sense of what you want (btw, the Bible labels calls this coveting).

    Getting Obama out of office won't bring peace and harmony anymore than pour a single bucket of water will save a burning house. Salvation is an individual thing. No gathering of men, money or influence can save your soul, and – if you're soul is right – you won't need any of that in the first place.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • William Demuth

      You worship a God that is sworn to killing BILLIONS of innocent humans and you are a moderate?

      Don't make me puke!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • CommonGood

      My God doesn't kill the innocent, he brings them home.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Observer

      God has not sworn to kill you, WIlliam. I suspect that your end will not be good, but you're a work in progress.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      William, you have no clue what you are talking about. According to the Bible, we are all dying (which is obvious if you look around...you get old and die, we call it naturally). Christ is a way out of that, not phyically, but spiritually. We are all bound to die...it is those that accept that live.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • William Demuth

      CommonGood

      Hell is home? Plus why does he make abortions so affordable?

      I guess that little girl that got killed by the tornado was actually an evil succubus?

      Get a grip, your programing is showing!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Observer

      Gos is specific in those he has killed, and those who he intends to

      Haven't you read your own Bible?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • justme

      bill; you know they are really not innocent and big rats produce little rats so it's time for the extermination be begin.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Amen, very well said!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      William, if that was the case, God would have never given His Only Begotten Son for the world so we DON'T have to die and end up on hell....THAT'S THE PART YOU ATHEISTS DON'T GET!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • CommonGood

      William,

      I'm programmed by no one.

      I don't trust organized religion despite that my faith calls me to it. Preachers, deacons, parishioners can be lying, cheating, adulterous, vallianous souls – they're people. We all have the capacity to be that way, both you and me. If you choose to call hell your home, so be it. I know where my home is and I plan to go there one day, and it sure ain't hell. If you choose not to go where I'm going, I can't force you, but you can't make me go to hell either.

      You are such a broken soul and I pity you.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • William Demuth

      HeIsGod

      Begotten son? So now he was boffin someone? I thought Mary was a Virgin.

      Your beliefs are about as mature as the Muslim ones you loathe so much.

      Same God, different cults.

      You are an embarassment in the 21st century.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • William Demuth

      CommonGood

      Funny, I have no soul, but I do think your mind is broken.

      When you die the maggots will have you.

      You will rot and be forgotten, and no amount of blathering shall ever change that.

      You believee as you do because you are a coward.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      William – Poor thing, here you are thinking that you know more about a God that doesn't even exist to you and claiming that I am the one who is an embarressment to society?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • TING

      My God doesn't kill the innocent, he brings them home.

      That's priceless. I thought for certain there had to be a bumper sticker out there that says that, but I can't find it. I think you're on to something.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • CommonGood

      You're afraid to believe in God and you think I'm the coward???

      You truly are lost.

      Faith is an act of courage.

      Where is you courage William???

      March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      TING – Do you think that if there were a bumper sticker, you would believe it? I doubt it.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • William Demuth

      HeIsGod

      Yes, I know more of your fables than you.

      I also know more about Star Trek than you.

      The key is I know they are both nonesense, but one seems more entertaining.

      I mean Christianity exists as nothing more than a fable created by a "Desperate Housewife of Palestine" who didn't have the courtesy to tell her own son who his real father was.

      Its for simpletons!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      William – So tell me, how can you know of a God that doesn't exist....because you read the bible?

      You are unfullfilled unless you can have a relationship with you Creator,GOD, which in your case, you are unfulfilled with all the hate that dwells within your heart.

      But rest assured. Death is your eternal destiny.

      My death will only be the one that I will experience through the body....after that, there is no death for me. Unlik you unbeleivers, there are 2 deaths that you will with your very own eyes.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • William Demuth

      CommonGood

      Courage? That is what someone with an agenda says you have as he plays you for a fool.

      That is unless you are so vain as to claim courage for yourself without the opinion of others?

      You are a coward who fears the dark, and hopes for a Palestinian Super Hero to save you.

      Rest assured, he isn't coming.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      William – That is what someone with an agenda says you have as he plays you for a fool....hmmm, guess Satan has been fooling.

      Guess what, if you are right about what you say, we don't lose anything...NADA....ZERO.

      Guess what, if you are wrong about what you say, you will lose everything....TODO!

      So, with this, we all we see for ourselves who held to truth, unbeleivers or us.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • William Demuth

      HeIsGod

      I read that rag before you were born and I will read it after you are dead.

      It's plot is weak, its authors pathetic, and it's premise absurd, but one MUST know his enemies.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • William Demuth

      HeIsGod

      What you lose by believing is self respect, but it seems that is something you don't have anyhow.

      What I get from my view is the joy of knowing YOU shall cease to exist

      March 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • William Demuth

      HeIsGod

      Satan?

      Good grief dude, you are not well are you?

      Obamacare may finally get you the meds you so obviously need.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Scott

      @ HeIsGod:” Unlik you unbeleivers, there are 2 deaths that you will with your very own eyes.”

      Your threats of damnation are as empty and impotent as your nonexistent god

      March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  6. Kright

    Folks, if you don't believe that Jesus existed, I'd recommend you read the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Tacitus, Thallus, and Josephus, to name a few. The first four are Gospel writers, but two knew Him personally (Matthew and John), one began interviewing eye-witnesses just a few years after the events took place- well within the lifetimes of anyone who met Him (Mark), and one was a professional historian educated enough to write in Classical Greek (Luke). Two of the other three men weren't Christians at all.

    On the other hand, since I don't assume that anyone is so ignorant as to disbelieve in the existence of the historical Jesus, I must therefore assume that you are nothing but trolls.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Sure.

      I know a guy in Hoboken who knows a dude who new a chick who used to party with Obi Wan Kenobi.

      Your supposed savior is a FABRICATION perpetuated by simpletons and the men who profit from them.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • justme

      you must be new here so watch out, the trolls are about to jump all over you, but hang in there you are on the right path and many will try to knock you off of it. i will check it out.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • boo

      It is important to attack christardanity on all fronts. Anything could be what's needed to bring the whole thing down.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • TING

      The gospels weren't actually written by M,M,L, and J. The writers just used their names. Compare them and you will see that they don't agree on how things played out.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Observer

      William is not a troll, he is sincere in his ravings.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • justme

      bill; why are you here? this is the belief page and it is obvious you do not.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • William Demuth

      justme

      I am here because I believe you are idiots.

      Dangerous idiots.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Well said William. 🙂

      March 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Thinker23

      As far as I know not a single statement about Jesus could be attributed to Josephus who was indeed living and working during Jesus' lifetime... but feel free to prove me wrong if you can.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • justme

      no that was dumb. you can do better than that.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Observer

      Feeling helpless doesn't sit well with you William? Perhaps something more active would suit you better.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • justme

      thinker, actually Josephus just mentioned Jesus was in the area at that time.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      William – No, you are here because you are a bitter Atheist looking for someone to attack. That's idiotic of your part, if you ask me.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Real Deal

      Thinker23,

      Josephus lived from 37 a.d. to 100 a.d. He was born after the alleged life of Jesus. He reported on the new Christian cult and what *they* believed.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus

      March 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Observer

      Felling helpless?

      It seems reality dosen't sit well with YOU.

      You are unfullfilled unless you can have a relationship with a creator, and the need is so great you create one that is implausible, and sacrifice your rationality in his worship.

      But rest assured. Death is your eternal destiny.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Kright

      @ TING- Actually, the fact that all four have different versions of the story are very helpful. Had they been identical, they would have been redundant, as only one is necessary. Also, people would say they got together and made it up. The fact that they complement each other boosts their reliability considerably.
      @Thinker23- Josephus mentions James, the brother of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the crucifixion of Jesus. There is some concern over the description of Christian faith being an interpolation, but nevertheless two specific mentions of Christianity and one mention of Jesus' cousin do exist.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Really?

      "ut two knew Him personally (Matthew and John), "

      Everyone knows the story about Jesus and the woman about to be stoned by the mob. This account is only found in John 7:53-8:12. The mob asked Jesus whether they should stone the woman (the punishment required by the Old Testament) or show her mercy. Jesus doesn’t fall for this trap. Jesus allegedly states, let the one who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her. The crowd dissipates out of shame. That story was not originally in the Gospel of John or in any of the Gospels. It was added by later scribes. The story is not found in the oldest and best manuscripts of the Gospel of John. Nor does its writing style comport with the rest of John. Most serious textual critics state that this story should not be considered part of the Bible.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Spidey-Man

    I'll tell you up front... I'm an Atheist but get dragged into these articles every now and then. This is one of those articles I enjoyed. Although you gave no "clear" (tongue in cheek) answer... You still kept us hanging 'til the end. I resisted the urge to read ahead and see. I still say we need a good ol' Atheist in office. Then we'll get something done in the best interests of the people of the USA. Instead of the best for himself and his or her religious brothers and sisters.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  8. William

    This is a Stupid Question! Jesus lives in a Kingdom: THERE IS NO VOTING! Let me add that Jesus did not come to condemn the World and Oh what scandal and condemnation Jesu would face by Christians today because of the people Jesus associated with. Many people speak and act on God's behalf with self proclaimed authority like people saying God told them to run for Office of President WHY? So that they could lose and drop out? God is about personal relationships and personal choices: something that needs no outside help. There are too many wolves in sheeps clothing especially in Politics. Morality can't be legislated. Are you your brother's keeper? This all adds up to enslavement but it was Jesus who set you Free! Use that brain God gave you to seek the truth!

    March 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs~~~

      March 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Jesus – Don't study the studies.....they are wasteful. Study God.

      March 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    Jesus would not know Republicans for none of them are "Christians". Their actions, lies, hate, and disdain for the poor show a rejection of the teachings of Jesus and what He asked of us. Republicans wouldn't recognize Him for he was not white with blond hair. He was a Middle Eastern Jew who Republicans are bigoted against. Republicans hate anyone who is not white, rich, and elitist. Jesus was a poor fisherman and woodworker – part of the working class – which Republicans ignore and betray.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  11. kentuckyscience..)com

    All government is established under Jesus.

    Therefore the principles of human evolution from an insane species require a virgin birth of Adam and Eve for the establishment of a moral and just human government (Isaiah 9:6).

    Natural Selection states that it is good to kill the older animals and take their goods or property. Happens all the time in the wild. A reason they call the jungle wild. All you smart science scholars please explain to your students that you are promoting ignorance towards the laws of man.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • TING

      All government is established under Jesus

      says the wanna be leader of the American Taliban.

      March 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Get Real

      Kentucky science has got to be the ultimate oxymoron. And you are a complete moron.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • William

      Not under Jesus but under GOD the Father. Jesus has great credibility because he did not seek to be worshiped like Satan(Matthew 4:1-11) or Like God the Father. Jesus said: "God is greater than I" (John 14:28). Jesus is but one of God's son's(Job 2:1) Jesus is the only begotten son – born to flesh and blood a mortal with Authority layed down for the attonment of sin. He could have judged and condemned the world but did He – No! Jesus is praised by his Father and we should worship the Father alone as Jesus did. Jesus is Great but Give God the praise. All other stuff is man made iidolatry just as what Moses found. God is a Jealous God ( Deuteronomy 6:15) I look toward God the Father and because of Jesus I am free to do so – So are You!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Natural selection doesn't say if anything is "good" or "bad" – it is merely an observed phenomenon.
      Would you say that Plate Tectonics states that earthquakes are good, so all you geologists out there should tell your students that you support the destruction of coastal cities?

      March 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  12. JustPlainJoe

    Another example of "how many angels dance upon a pin?" Ridiculous arguments based on ludicrous assertions, complete fantasy discussion.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  13. GA Bubba

    Since jesus didn't have photo ID he couldn't voted anyway – at least by the GOP's standards.....

    March 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  14. coy4one

    Jesus would not vote for any politician....1) too much corruption, 2) not enough emphasis on the poor and the sick, and 3) too many hypocrites!

    March 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  15. James Foley

    Jesus wouldn't vote for any of them. He stayed out of politics except to opin on the merits of the actions and statements of the politicians of the time. He was to busy doing his job to worry about losing it, so to speak. He had bigger fish to fry... or rather, bigger fisherman to encourage. I think this article is surprisingly insightful, and I'm glad it was written. One point I'd like to emphasize though is that the pharisees and sadducees and scribes were also concerned with their cash cow; their money and power grab scheme. Or has everyone forgotten the money lenders in "my father's house."? Jesus was only a human man, but he was not 'just some dude." He was a man of high moral conviction, astute observation and insight, and a brave man who showed what people of true faith and conviction can accomplish... then again, so were mohammed and hitler. This is why we focus in on the acts of each man according to his beliefs and arguments as well as our own, and not simply on the person as he is. What's the old saying? Hate the sin; love the sinner. I think Jesus would be either disappointed at best or thoroughly distgusted at worst with the current crop of candidates, one and all, but I think he'd more enjoy a talk with Barack Obama over the others. Obama at least wouldn't wouldn't tell the supposed lord and savior what he [the lord and savior] was thinking as if he actually knew, like the others have.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  16. Rico

    Irrelevant.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  17. acts 431

    Jesus wouldn't vote - at all, for no one!!! It is important to note that Jesus never spent one single second of His time on this earth on political issues. This is highly significant because Jesus came to set an example for us in how to live. And Christians are supposed to be following HIm. Instead, so-called Christians have thrown away the blueprint Jesus established and have come up with their own agenda.

    In case anyone is wondering, the politics of Jesus' day were far worse than anything we have today - more corrupt, more brutal, more vile and more insensitive toward the common man. For example, the "president" was none other than Nero. In spite of this, there is not one instance of Jesus organizing a political party, a boycott, a "prayer meeting" or even preaching a sermon on "our country is going to hell in a handbasket".

    It is interesting and significant to see who Jesus did spend a lot of time addressing and confronting...religious folks. There is an entire chapter (Matthew 23) where He tells them exactly what He thinks of their little games. On another two ocassions, Jesus goes to church (the temple) and literally tears the place upside down. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus is more concerned about the state of so-called Christianity than the state of our politics.

    If so-called Christians would focus on genuinely being like Jesus - instead of worrying about politicians and who to vote for, God promises He will take care of our country (2 Chronicles 7:14).

    March 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      Forgive me, I somewhate agree with you comment, but Nero WAS NOT emperor over Rome during Jesus' life. Tiberius was (Augustus had already died), and Nero didnt take over until after that. Nero set the fire in Rome during 66 AD (+/- a year), and Christ has been gone since the early 30's!

      March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • GA Bubba

      Jesus wouldn't vote – at all, for no one!!!

      Doesn't that mean he would vote for everyone???

      March 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      GA Bubba, that might be the funniest comment of the day. Here, let me throw that back on you... If I hate everyone, does that mean that I like them? If I don't use a bank, does that mean that I use them all? Not sure what you were going for here, but I can safely say u should rephrase that. if I don't vote this election, that doesn't mean I vote for all of them. That's just...crazy thinking, and completely counterintuitive.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • TR6

      “If so-called Christians would focus on genuinely being like Jesus – instead of worrying about politicians and who to vote for, God promises He will take care of our country (2 Chronicles 7:14).”

      Yes, that is so true. We all can see badly he punishes ultra atheist Sweden and how he blesses ultra religious Iran

      March 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  18. Mark

    Anyone who believes Jesus would have voted in a secular government election in order to chose a leader in this world is completely deluded. Has anyone even read the bible?

    March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  19. Barney

    First off, it is foolish to say that Jesus did not exist. He, more than any other person, army, emperor, world event, or anything you can think, has affected the world like Jesus Christ. The calendar is based on his birth. The values we try and uphold are based on His teachings. Only every country in the world acknowledges that He lived with us, and every middle eastern culture and religion believes He lived. Even Islam believes He was a great prophet...the most powerful....regardless of what you hear about Muhammad. Regardless, Jesus doesn't answer to man. Never did, never will. Therefore, he would not vote but only focus on God and His will. The teachings of the Bible say that God's will is to bring Christ back as the Lion....to judge all. Are you willing to take the chance of not getting to know who this Christ was and is?

    March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Amen, Barney, very true indeed! Well said!

      March 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • TR6

      “Are you willing to take the chance of not getting to know who this Christ was and is?”

      Yes. just like I’m willing to take the chance and not carry garlic and a crucifix in case vampires exist, ware green in case leprechauns exist or ware a tin foil hat in case UFOs exist

      March 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  20. Buddhist girl

    A thoughtful and educated analysis, with a demonstration of humor at the end. Well done, Mr. Taunton! *applauds*

    March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • J.W

      You should come on here more and teach us about Buddhism.

      March 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
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