WWJV: What Would Jesus Vote?

Back in the day, Democrats claimed to have a monopoly on God’s favor. They made their case championing civil rights and safe working conditions. These days, Republicans claim God’s backing, citing their commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn and to traditional families. And don’t even get me started on the Tea Party! What’s a voter to do? What would Jesus vote? I compiled the following list of quotes by Jesus.

JESUS ON TAXES: “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” See Luke 20:20-26

JESUS ON HEALTH CARE: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8

[See also Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37]

JESUS ON IMMIGRATION: “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in?…The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” See Matthew 25:34-40

JESUS ON MARRIAGE:  “At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’  and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate…I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery…Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given…The one who can accept this should accept it.” See Matthew 19:3-12

JESUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.”  Luke 12:6

JESUS ON FINANCIAL AID: “Be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.” Luke 11:41

JESUS ON ARROGANT AND HEARTLESS LEADERS: “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” See Mark 12:38-40

Could it be–is it possible–that God is not in a political party? Could it be that right and wrong transcend politics?

See also: Tampa’s Elephant in the Room

and Do Christians Follow Political Peer Pressure?

 


5 thoughts on “WWJV: What Would Jesus Vote?

  1. Great thoughts, and very timely. Recently, I told people that I was conscientiously abstaining from the 2012 political process (and perhaps beyond) as I refocused on doing what Jesus said instead of relying on the government to do it (feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc). I was labeled a coward and treated like I was neglecting my Christian duty to participate in politics.

  2. Those people sound ridiculous, TC. That reminds me of Romans 14:4: “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.”

    Really following Jesus with your life takes some backbone. I know other Christians who abstain from politics, too; so don’t feel like you’re alone in this calling.

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