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What Would Jesus Say about today’s Politics?

Jesus was a politician but not the type of politician we think about today. Politicians, Kings, Emperors, dictators, and tyrants all leverage the power they have at their disposal to promote themselves and preserve their own personal paths to political ascendency. Jesus rarely weighed in on political issues except to attack political and economic systems that were already in place, and which were materially and spiritually subjugating the people to The State (Roman authorities or the Sanhedrin and priests in the temple) and who were making themselves their own gods. Remember C. S. Lewis’ admonition that “if your religion is your god, then God is not your religion”. Jesus’ life mission was not political, but he confronted and was a threat to the political order of his day. Earthly political power is an intoxicant like an addictive drug or wealth for its’ own sake. You can never have ENOUGH.

His life mission carried with it political implications, but he never sought earthly power for himself and always placed others interests before his own, not the Modus operandi of a typical politician. His horizon was long term, not an election cycle. His life ended in a political execution because His message and life threatened the status quo of the politicians and authorities.

Aquinas and C. S. Lewis both talked of THE TWO KINGDOMS. One spiritual and the other temporal. We live in both. But our eternal home will be in the former. Here is the key and what I think many leaders—including leaders in my Catholic Church miss this important point. The first should always inform the second., “Your faith should inform every aspect of your life”. Accommodation to a political or economic philosophy that is contrary to Biblical truth and Natural Law Principles that are founded on that truth, is not the way Jesus wanted us to live. There may be times and circumstances when we must be an Esther or a Daniel and wait momentarily in the shadows to reveal ourselves, but we should always keep in our hearts and souls the ultimate truths that transcend time and all circumstances. I think of the many e-mails and home visits, and phone calls I have received from doctors and nurses who had to hold within their hearts their feelings and professional opinions about Covid mitigation and treatment strategies. A nurse and a single mother supporting three children of her own has far more than her own professional opinions to think about should she speak out.

Political influence is spread using the “theory of nodes” Pockets of small groups connected to each other over a wide landscape is how any type of information is discriminated, not by just talking to the same group of people who believe as we do. Think about how the apostles spread the word in the early church. They talked to all people of all ethnicities and faiths. We need each other for support, but we need to graciously spread our beliefs. We should not do like most of us did in high school and sit at the same lunchroom table with our same groups of friends every day. We need to switch tables every now and then and listen. Faction never grows if it talks only to itself.

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I believe as I do because my beliefs are based on my faith and life experiences. Other people may believe differently because they have never had the opportunity to experience God’s Grace, and they may have had a very different life than I have been blessed to have. Share the Gem State Patriot with a friend. Listen to Kevin Miller with someone who thinks differently than you. Sit at a different lunch table.

Never be afraid to have your positions challenged. Read and listen and talk. Truth—spiritual and temporal will always reveal itself if given a chance. “As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be….” Truth—temporal or spiritual is a constant.

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2 replies on “What Would Jesus Say about today’s Politics?”

Jesus has already said it: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)

This is essentially the same as He answered the Pharisees in their Caesar -coin subterfuge:

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

This is also essentially the same as how Elijah answered the double-minded Israelites on Mt. Carmel: “Why halt ye between two opinions. If Baal be God, serve Him. If Yahweh be God, serve Him.”

And it’s no different for today: If We the People (a contemporary form of Baal) be God, serve them. If Yahweh be God, serve Him!

Idolatry is not so much about statues as it is statutes, such as what one considers the supreme law of the land.

There can only be one supreme law: 1) The Constitution, per Article 6, or 2) Yahweh’s moral law, per the Bible.

To futilely attempt to meld the two is to be as double-minded as the Israelites with Elijah on Mt. Carmel.

For more, see Chapter 3 “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh” of free online book “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at https://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.html

Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the sidebar and receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of “BL vs. USC.”

See also blog article “Could You Be a Disciple of Baal and Not Know It?” at https://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/could-you-be-a-disciple-of-baal-and-not-know-it/

From my limited knowledge of all the other nations & governments in the world I would say the USA is the best there is. Sure, NO nation is perfect. Perfect gov’t will come only when Jesus returns and sets up His “rod” DICTATORSHIP! Till then, we must CHOOSE — not between God and Baal but between (at times) the lesser of 2 evils OR actual EVIL (current POTUS) vs. sinful.

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