Do you believe in a red state Jesus or a blue state Jesus?
November 2nd, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Do you believe in a red state Jesus or a blue state Jesus?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - Here's a presidential election prediction you can bet on.

Right after the winner is announced, somebody somewhere in America will fall on their knees and pray, "Thank you Jesus."
And somebody somewhere else will moan, "Help us Jesus."

But what Jesus will they be praying to: a red state Jesus or a blue state Jesus?

If elections are about choices, so is faith. And in Christianity, liberals and conservatives choose to see Jesus in different ways. Some liberals see Jesus as a champion of the poor who would support raising taxes on the wealthy, while some conservatives think Jesus would be more concerned with opposing abortion and same-sex marriage.

Good luck to anyone who tries reconciling their Jesus with the biblical accounts of his life. Even Jesus' earliest followers clashed over who he was and what he meant.

"Jesus didn't leave clear instructions," says Molly Worthern, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who specializes in religious history.

"He was a man who said many things that were quite cryptic. All Christians tend to pick or chose to emphasize some of his teachings over the other."

Perhaps most Christians follow not one Jesus, but many - including a bit of a red state Jesus and a bit of a blue state Jesus. We consulted several pastors and religion professors to come up with this voter's guide to Jesus. Answer these questions, click "Submit" and see where you fall on the red state-blue state Jesus scale:

Take the quiz here.



- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Jesus

soundoff (522 Responses)
  1. Anna

    black Jesus white Jesus....Who the f*** care? So when am I ganna meet you? O and the number 666 is the number of a person? well maybe if you call it that but it's def. the number of a computer:) and that can def. be calculated 😉 and also if you truely want to know what this battle is all about you should read Isaiah..... It's a little more clearer.

    December 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Frederick James Flintstone

    For all those fundies out there, I would direct their attention to the Biblical quote - "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

    Seems like enabling these people in their greed might not go over too well either.

    November 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
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