Jesus is a Savior! Not a political savior in any way... How could he be when his fathers name "GOD" is being removed from this nation?
He's a Savior and he cares about the well being of his flock. He cares about the poor, hungry, children, minorities, GOP and Dems...He has no respect of person so when others start thinking more highly of themselves than they ought too..he cares, when you take food away from another because you feel they are beneath you, and refer to them as parasites...he cares. He cares about politics because they make laws that effect his people.
I guess it is splitting hairs but I disagree with you. Jesus was someone who spoke truth and not political mumbo jumbo that BOTH conservatives and Liberals spout. When presented with a political question regarding temple taxes, he chose not to take sides but instead responded, "Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's and God that which is God's (paraphrased). Also by equating Je4us with Liberals the natural progression is that Conservatives are aligned with Satan. Liberals good, conservatives evil. Unfortunately it is not so simple or black and white. There are good and evil in both camps, which it is better to back/oppose issues and not political parties.
Interesting and thought provoking. The best sentence in the entire piece is in the very middle, paragraph seven I believe.
"It is time to take off our blinders and mourn for the sorry state of affairs that is American politics."
Good post PN I don't agree with some of it but I do agree with some of it also.
up2 your comment just above says what needs to be said and I thank you.
Where in the Bible does Christ say raising taxes is wrong? Indeed, the Bible specifically says to render unto Caesar, etc., specifically separating money and spirituality. Money seems to be absolutely bound with their (some of the GOP) kind of faith, as if Jesus was really talking about the proper acquisition of money.
Each person has their interpretation of the bible. However, there is one thing we can't misinterpret.
Nowhere to be found in their messages is that of peace, love for your neighbor, caring for the disadvantaged or tolerance for those you would normally disagree with. ``Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.'' is just a passage in the New Testament and has no importance to them.
Jesus was in a spiritual sense a Liberal in that he sought to widen the circle, not restrict it. He sought Inclusion rather than exclusion. Eligibility, if you will, rather than in-eligibility. More souls having access to God thru him.
PN, Jesus did not talk about taxes, period. The Jewish tax was a non issue as that was taken care of by the tithing and Jesus refused to be drawn into a debate regarding Roman taxes. Not talking about it does not make it right or wrong, just not the message he wanted the people to hear. Jesus' message was for us to love each other but neither party has a monopoly on loving their fellow man. Ideally they approach it form different angles. In practice, there is little 'love thy neighbor' on either side.
"He cares about politics because they make laws that effect his people."
Disagree PN. Jesus cares about your heart. You have your heart in order, everything else will follow. Jesus does not want us to do stuff because we are forced to. He wants our actions to be free will offerings. Example: Tomorrow they pass a law saying until the age of 21, your children are chattel, to do with or dispose of any way you want. Would things change between you and your children. Would you suddenly start pimping your daughter out for tickets to the Super Bowl? Of course not because your relationship with your children supersedes any law. In the same way he calls us to care for our fellow man regardless of what laws our leaders may pass. You can do all the good deeds you want but if it's not in your heart it is meaningless. When it comes to Jesus, we need to stop worrying about what the other guy is doing and focus on what we are doing and why we are doing it. If that were to happen, then we wouldn't need government intervention in social matters.
@up2...I don't agree with you. I believe we have a moral responsibility to stand for what's right. We vote those people in office. It's up to us to stand for what's right. As far as worrying about what the other guy is doing..If that were the case you and I wouldn't often debate about health care and other political issues. I enjoy your post and I think you make some great points but faith without works is dead...
was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; as not the least morsel of bread to eat, so not so much as a cup of cold water to drink; which with what follows, are manifest tokens and evidences, that they did not belong to Christ, were not true believers in him, nor had they any real love to him: the grace of God was not in them, and therefore had neither right unto, nor meetness for, the kingdom of heaven; but were righteously banished from the presence of the Lord, and sent to dwell among everlasting burnings; for righteous it was, that such as they who would not show any love to him here, should not dwell with him for ever hereafter.
1john4:20We love, because He first loved us. 20If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything..
The House's passage today of the Republican leadership's bill to cut SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) by almost $40 billion over the next decade marks a new low for an already dysfunctional Congress. It would increase hunger and hardship all across our country.
By cutting food assistance for at least 3.8 million low-income people in the coming year -- including some of the very poorest Americans, many children and senior citizens, and even veterans -- this cruel, if not heartless, legislation could jeopardize a vital stepping stone to many families who are still struggling to find work or who depend on low-wage jobs. As the nation slowly climbs out of the deepest recession in decades -- with 22 million people still unemployed or underemployed -- millions of families rely on SNAP to help feed their children.
SNAP recipients already are preparing for an across-the-board cut in their SNAP benefits beginning in November that will reduce their modest benefits to less than $1.40 per person per meal.
For decades, policymakers have shared a bipartisan commitment to reducing hunger and hardship. This legislation turns its back on that commitment.