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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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  1. Dumb and dumber

    Jesus was executed because he was a part of the Occupy the Temple movement. He was a threat to the authorities in a city, based on the tmple based economy. He overturned the tables of the money changers. This cannot be over estimated. There were fees for offerings, fees for bathing, fees for lodgings for all the festivals, fees for preparation of the offerings, fees for the priests, fees for entrance to all the levels of the temple, fees to feed the offering animals, etc etc. and they ALL had to be ritually paid in Jewish currency, which had to be changed from the Roman coinage of the day. Jesus threatened the economic base of the city, (of Jerusalem), because he was a radical insurrectionist. They had been looking for him, and watching him, and when he did that, it was the last straw. ALl the rest, (re "salvation") is a later interpretation, and fantasy. He was a public nusiance, and they got rid of him. Nobody cares who a long dead Near Easterner would vote for. No one is radical enough for that, anyway.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  2. HeIsGod

    TruthPrevails – I am sorry to here that you experienced 2 hypocrites that ever walked on this planet, because we do have plenty of them, even among the so-call Christians.

    I for one was also raised by my mother who was a Catholic, but denounced it before she died to become a born again Christian. Many people are being misled by religion and that’s what I preach against it. When you focus on these kinds of people, it is obvious that you will never trust God because you failed to trust Him instead. Not every Christian that are rooted up in Christ, His will, Word and Way are using God for any excuse. Many of us do have the love of God dwelling in our hearts, but unbelievers seem to get up tight at hearing the word, “Christians”.

    God promised never to destroy the earth as He did in the time of Noah, but it will be destroyed, when, no one knows, not even the Son of God. The evidence that you see that’s happening around us is blinding you to the Truth. We all have a free will to do good or evil….God will not force your to believe in Him, no matter how bad things are. God will not interfere in the affairs of the wicked.

    God said, “If my people who are called by name will turn from their wicked ways and return unto me, than, I will hear from heaven and will heal their land”.

    If you want God to stop the bad things from happening around us, you MUST allow God to be part of our nation, which as you see, many have strayed from Him and followed either false religion, Satanic cults, or their own wicked ways to follow their own wisdom, which is foolish unto God. We don’t have ALL the answers to life, that’s why we follow God and lean on Him and not lean unto our own understanding. Even the heathens in the bible demanded Christ for evidence when Christ said He is the Son of God. Christ said to them, no sign will be given to you…..same with you Atheists, no sign shall be given to you.

    Any way, I hope some day you will open up the eyes of your heart and gain spiritual understanding so that God can have a place in your heart. Never follow religion....follow Christ who is interested in a RELATIONSHIP with you.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why would an intelligent person like TruthPrevails want to enter into a belief you hold, Higgy? Your very membership in the club would be a good reason to avoid joining it.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • sam stone

      heisgod: if you want a theocracy, take the next flight to tehran

      March 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan

    Check this he would'nt be with them......

    http://www.realzionistnews.com/?p=314

    March 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  4. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Higgy adores HeavenSent. They're roommates, I think.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Yaweh

    Jesus told me he is voting for Obama

    March 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Kevin

    He did not watch this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIew3R_jAIk

    March 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  7. Jim

    For a long time jon has been arguing against Christ on the basis of the name Jesus. We ought to believe him because he is clearly an historian of unmatched proportion. He has a solid grasp on ancient languages, to which none of the thousands of other experts can compare. That is why, even though he is overwhelmingly disagreed with, we ought to believe him, and only him.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Chad

    we learn that Jesus was not seeking political transformation of society, but spiritual transformation. ...

    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.

    Exactly, exactly, exactly.
    The problem is not with politicians, it is with us.
    The solution is not us, it is a "renewing of the mind" – Romans 12 available by the Holy Spirit to re-generated Christians by virtue of the atoning work of Jesus on the cross.

    when we know better, we'll do better.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Rick

      He was all about the spiritual transformation which can come only from him. If he came today it will be about that transformation!

      March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Erik

      Chad-Good points!

      March 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • jimtanker

      All this lunacy from one work of fiction. Amazing.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Awesome!!!

      Well said, Chad. Amen!

      March 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • sam stone

      give us an example of a "wicked law", please

      March 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • sam stone

      our secular laws are not here to codify your religious beliefs

      March 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  9. jon

    to the one who spoke of the name y-e-s-h-u-a. that name is found in the babylonian talmud. it is a hebrew acronym that says "may his name and memory be blotted out forever" yeshua is in connection to the name j-e-s-u-s. theres no way from what i understand why YAHUAH would ever name his son with that attached to it. it doesnt make sense to me.

    March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  10. jon

    do you even know where the origin of the word god came from? just as do you know that the name of j-e-s-u-s is only 500 years old?

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

      Nah dude, Iknow this Mexican dude named "Hay Sous" who has GOT to be at least 510!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  11. jon

    well there are 60 plus translations of the bible. this is not good.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Godless

    Who would Jesus follow on Twitter?

    March 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Bible Clown™

      Me.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  13. jon

    this diagram will show that yahweh is jupiter. the way that yahweh is broken down will lead one to show that the origin of yahweh is jupiter
    http://about-yahweh.tripod.com/

    March 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Bible Clown™

      Right.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Jim

      Right, because any source that chose a domain name with tripod is a source worth trusting.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  14. chuck

    If you believe the bible, then you know it's not a vote. He told us he was our King and we should have no other. We told him we want to be like the others of the world and elect our own. We will never elect a person that is sufficient for us. Even King David had troubles and he was a man after God's own heart. Do we really think any of these people that think they should respect all religions would be acceptable in God's eye's?

    March 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Well said!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • momoya

      No, god doesn't like acceptance of other religions.. He doesn't like it so much that if you believe in anything other than Him he'll burn you for all eternity.. Bible god is a might makes right/ love me or burn type of guy.. Christians should get a head start and start killing the nonbelievers.. Let god sort 'em out, amiright?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Yea, and the bible is true because the bible says that it is true so it is true because the bible says it is true......

      March 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • jon

      do you think that the Creator would name his Son a name that is of that of a horse. if you go to strongs hebrew concordance 5483, the only part thats hebrew in j-e-s-u-s, is sus. sus means horse. is the messiah a horse?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • BRC

      @chuck,
      1) A theoretical god that actually loved all people and meant well for its "creations", yes, acceptance of all would be desired. Obviously this idea doesn't occur to the "God" of the Bible, so I guess not if you're of the Christian faith.
      2) What would you say to those of us who don't believe in gods, who don't thing anyoen is the defacto all powerful ruler of teh universe, this earth, our Nation, or even a few swuare inches on teh very high part of a mountain because we do not have absolute rulers in this nation? Those of us who do not accept the propose drule of "God" or Jesus as a king, but ahve equal part in deciding the leadership of this nation. How does that tought process fit in with your considerations?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Wow, aren't you such an IGNORANT?? LOL

      So you are saying that we have millions of human horses living among us with the name of Jesus? Wow!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      momoya – Is that what you were taught in church when you were a Christian? Wow, please keep making yourself look like a total fool because obviously, you are doing a great job at it. 8 – {

      March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bible Clown™

      "do you think that the Creator would name his Son a name that is of that of a horse. if you go to strongs hebrew concordance 5483, the only part thats hebrew in j-e-s-u-s, is sus. sus means horse. is the messiah a horse?"
      His name would have been Rabbi Yeshua bin Yusuf bint Meriem. Try it that way.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • jon

      i would encourage you all to search the things that i speak of and not believe every word that comes out of the mouth of these pastors and preachers. have a mind and search things out for yourself.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • momoya

      @ HeIsGod

      In what ways is my synopsis wrong?

      March 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • chuck

      Never confuse Christianity with hate. No where in Jesus ministry does he say kill in my name. There are plenty of bad people who claim they are Christians. A true christian would not kill another because they do not believe in Christ. Our job is to love our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor. We are to only share our faith and let that person make their own choice to accept god or to reject god. Of course this is easier said than done and we all fall short.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Chuck,

      Using the 'no true Scotsman" fallacy isn’t helping your case.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why is the Spanish Armada, back again! How ya doin' Higgy the Piggy?

      Here to vomit your idiocy yet again?

      March 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Higgy doesn't know what a 'synopsis' is.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @chuck
      Though Christ never ordered anyone to kill in his name, he did order his disciples to take up arms.
      "He said to them, 'But now if you have a purse, take it and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."
      – Luke 22:36

      March 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • J.W

      I think he may have told them to carry arms for protection, but I don't think he wanted them to kill anyone.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • sam stone

      wow, imagine all this from the iron age comic book

      March 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  15. carl

    knowing full well that the name of Ephraim (along with Israel and Isaac) is upon this nation it is time to wake up for we are of that wicked House of Israel,those ten tribes that wanted their own king under Solomon.Later, God divorced the House of Judah as well. SINCE, the name of Israel is on this nation and yes upon the so called west we got a problem ! After all , we have thrown away Gods Law and Commandants and went to killing and by thowing away the Law we have thrown away Christ himself For He is the Living Word.. the Law !!! If you want to read about the House of Israel, read Ezekiel. Does the Queen of Heaven ,Jezebel, rule over this nation ? What say you of acts 3: 20-21 ? We are indeed in the days of Jacobs sorrows. Yes, the house of Israel went to killing and enjoying it and that Law you threw away ... that is the Living Word who will Judge you by the Law.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  16. ntl

    People so often mix up what Christ taught for each man and woman to follow as something that would also apply to the government. I appreciate the author alluding to this. Peace, compassion, and giving is to be applied on an individual basis. Jesus never taught that these were practical pursuits for the government.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  17. HeIsGod

    Atheism are for angry people. The majority of Atheists used to be part of Christianity and from what I have read, they were part of Catholicism........which they claim to be Christians, while corupting and twisting the Word of God.

    Now tell me, why would I even consider being part of it? Because they are thinkers? Of what? God created our minds to think clear and it's obvious that unbelievers don't have the ability to think as clear as God would want them to.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • momoya

      Your opinion has not been noted.. Half of the population shares your ideas, so it's pretty well established by now.

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

      momoya – Why am not suprised that my opinion isn't noted by an Atheist?

      It's a shame that you hypocrites used to be believe in God and now point your fingers at us by mocking our faith, but guess what, remember, you have 3 fingers pointing right back at you testifying of your guilt.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • BRC

      I am and always have been an atheist, and I bare no animosity towards teh concept of a god, I just don't believe in one. How does that fit into your theory?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      BRC – Guess what, you can't even speak for the ones that were Catholics and I bet many will even deny that they ever were because they are stiff neck and full of pride. Also, rather you were or weren't, you do have family members that are beleivers, so you think you are not belittling them too? Shame you Atheists!!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • BRC

      @HeIsGod,
      I'm sorry your comment went a little off the rails there, let's se if we can sort it out. 1) I never said I spoke for anyone, but there are those of us who never believed in any gods, and we have no animosity towards any supreme beings (because we don't think they exists). How does your analysis of anger and hatred apply to that. 2) I do have family members of faith, in fact I married a Catholic, but what makes you think I belittle them? I have criticisms of organized religions, but I don't insult them for their faith, I don't directly insult the people here for having their faiths etheir, I merely ask questions and point out things that don't make sense so where is the insult? Exactly what is it I'm suposed to be ashamed of?

      March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      BRC – Good for you....until Atheists learn not to put us in the same boat with others so called Christians, you won't be put in the same boat with all the others.

      I didn't directly said, "Shame on you....but to all Atheists, even if you are included".

      Some day you will see God face to face. Have a good day, have to leave now.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • BRC

      Summation:
      Even though I can't apply my rant to you, and can't disprove anything you said, I'm still going to say shame on you, but in a way that tries to make it sound like I'm not saying it TO you. Now I'm leaving, and you're going to hell.

      Thanks for the fun chat HeISGod, come back anytime.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      BRC – LOL, you are funny...sound like a nice guy.

      I didn't know you had a hell to place me in? Also, Atheists don't even beleive in hell, so how can you say where I end up wen I die? You must be hiding something.

      Also, you are wrong, hell isn't the place that my soul is going to end up and I pray that your's won't either. Have a nice day.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Sammy

      HelsGod maybe you wouldn't be so negative about the world around you if you took your brain out of your boyfriend's bunghole for a while and took a nap in your parent's basement.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • BRC

      @HeISGod,
      Summation means I am summarizing the above comment, I don't believe in hell, but you do, and have noted you believe I (along with all the other atheists) will be going there. I was trying to make your somewhat difficult to follow conversation more streamline. It appears I failed.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      BRC – Never mind, I misread your comment wrong....and fyi, I don't have a hell to place you in.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      I was born and raised christian by two of the greatest hypocrites to ever walk this planet. Don't get me wrong I love my Mom dearly, my father on the other hand is the epitome of evil. I'm not angry. I'm quite content with my life. I'm amazed that people remain blind to what is going on around them and use god as an excuse to explain it. I see too much evidence to the contrary for a good loving god. If he knows everything and see's everything, why is there so much bad happening? Why not just destroy his creation in its entirety? (he apparently did it before-what's stopping him now?) I left the fairy tale behind b/c it no longer had a place in my life and from what I have studied and seen, that book and its stories don't make sense any more. It would be nice if people realized that we live on a volatile planet and it is only our own actions that are destroying it. Atheists don't tell others who they can and can't sleep with; we don't tell people what to do with their bodies in the sense of contraception. We will call you out for speaking without being able to provide evidence to back you (and your buybull doesn't count).

      March 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Dad, Catholic (was even in the seminary). Mom, protestant. Sister, Anglican.
      Though never forced through any of the rituals, I was taught the tenets of Christianity.
      I've always had a problem with blind acceptance of dogma which was strongly reinforced the first time I came to know a Southern Baptist family. I was friends with their son who suffered from a degenerative ocular disorder. His parents told him that if he was a good enough Christian and prayed hard enough that God would cure him. I watched his torment as tried to figure out why God didn't see fit to so much as slow the onset of his blindness.
      I've never had a negative thing to say about the character of Christ or any of His teachings – just those who deign to speak their (or their Clergyman's) interpretation of those teachings.
      Now if you'll excuse me, it would seem that my intrinsic atheist rage is coming through. It's a good thing I wore these stretchy, purple sweat pants today.
      *RAWR* DOC SMASH GOD! PUNY PRIESTS CAN'T HURT DOC! *SNARL*

      March 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism are for angry people. "

      wow the brainwashing of your cult is amazing. You have to tell yourself that crap so you can feel OK about believing in something that doesn't exist. Now ask yourself why you read anger into those that disagree with you.

      March 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      HIggy isn't long on smarts.

      March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • sam stone

      You're the one who sounds angry

      March 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      Yeah, athiests don't have the ability to think clearly. Not like the lemming like Christians

      March 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • TR6

      HeIsGod:”God created our minds to think clear and it's obvious that unbelievers don't have the ability to think as clear as God would want them to.”

      Perhaps you can explain with this god of clear thinking created 2 sets of 10 commandments that don’t match and 2 creation stories that don’t match either. You might also clearly explain one author of the bible says Judas hanged himself and another one says he fell down and busted open

      March 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  18. jon

    for the one who mentioned jehovah and yahweh. yahweh means jupiter and the hovah in jehovah, it means ruin and destruction. that doesnt coincide with the nature of YAHUAH. also the messiah was not greek or latin, of which the name j-e-s-u-s is. he was hebrew. there is no letter j in the hebrew language. the thing is that we can know. but you cant find it in the mainstream.

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

      on; we can help if you really want it just ask.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • GauisCaesar

      Please kindly look up what you just said! Yahweh has NEVER refered to Jupiter (there are obvious reasons why on face, this is an unintelligent response), but means "I am" which can also be translated to "God can do whatever." You also say Jesus waws a Hebrew name, and then say Hebrew didn't have a "J," so not sure what you are even trying to say. Jesus is a Greek translation of the word. Please just look it up. There is no reason in this Computer Age for you to spew some ignorance on the computer when you have resources in front of you to look up!!!! That is plain unintelligent!!!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • BRC

      @Gaius,
      I think Jon was actually saying the Jesus is NOT a Hebrew name (it's a little convoluded, but the setnence works); pointing out that Jesus is greek, as teher is no J in the Hebrew language, and that tehre was no reason to change the name.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • gc

      Gaius, if you read jon's post again, after the phrase "of which the name j-e-s-u-s is" there is a period, then the statement "he was hebrew" meaning Yahusha was Hebrew, not jesus was Hebrew. He was stating the Messiah is/was not latin or greek and the name j-e-s-u-s is derived from iesous which is Greek. The Messiah was of Hebrew origin.

      March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  19. Ricky

    Jesus would not have voted for anyone because as he said, his kingdom was not part of this world. He also said to his Father in prayer (John 17:14): "I have given your word to them (his disciples), but the world has hated them, because THEY ARE NOT PART OF THIS WORLD, JUST AS I AM NOT PART OF THIS WORLD". Jesus knew that the solution to human problems and misery cannot be found in human governments but in the Kingdom of God. Jesus also knew very well not to "put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man,to whom no salvation belongs" (Psalms 146:3); and that the time would come when "the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (government) that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms (human governments), and it itself will stand to times indefinite" (Daniel 2:44). And the King of that kingdom? None other than Jesus himself. He was very familiar with Daniel's prophecy as it appears in Daniel 7:13, 14. So, no, Jesus wouldn't have voted for anyone in his time nor would he approve of any government by "earthly man" in any time. And he expects true Christians to follow his example. That is why not only Jesus, but all true Christians from the 1st century never got involved in politics. No is the time for true Christians to give their "vote" to the King of Kings.

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

      good one rick, you sound like one of Jehovah's Witnesses, so do not be afraid of telling these people. they need the truth.

      March 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      AMEN!

      March 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's the only post you've typed that actually has all the words spelled correctly, Higgy. Congratulations. How are those English for Spanish Speakers classes going for you?

      March 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  20. Danman

    I think he would say let men rule men....

    March 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
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