The Politics of Jesus

the-politics-of-jesusWhen people are passionate about something, they tend to become frustrated when others are not fully immersed in their cause.

Currently, America is fully involved in a public debate about politics, because we are on the verge of electing new leaders into prominent leadership positions throughout the country. This debate stems from ideas that guide our thinking and these ideas are often guided by past experiences and even hurts that we want to eradicate.

Christians that enter this public debate make comments often about “who true Christians should vote for” and, lucky enough, the answer to this always follows who they happen to support. The question of who Jesus would vote for is the proverbial “elephant in the room” and I think it is an important one to explore.

As I read scripture, I think I have figured it out. Jesus would vote for:

  • Those who clothe the naked, feed the hungry and are close to the broken-hearted.
  • Those who care about the dignity of every human, and who would respect life at every stage.
  • One who cares enough about their neighbor to look at them with compassion…
  • One who flees from temptation
  • A person who sacrifices and serves
  • …who is a peacemaker
  • …who mourns with those who mourns and rejoices with those who rejoice
  • A person who hungers and thirsts for righteousness.
  • Those who are passionate about the persecuted.
  • A person who speaks truth when it is hard and even sometimes unpopular
  • …whose heart breaks when they see evil running rampant

Ultimately, there is no perfect candidate.

When we look at scripture, we see that Jesus was not concerned with who was governing, or who had the most power in the region. He simply healed, loved, spoke truth, and sacrificed. He knew that no matter who was in charge, His kingdom was what mattered more than anything.

Maybe we need to stop being so concerned with who is going to be president of our land and start being concerned with who is king of our hearts. Voting is important and a duty we should embrace, but our eternal destiny is much more important.

So, who would Jesus vote for? Well…He may accidently forget to go to the voting booth because He would be too busy conquering death and healing the broken. I’m not encouraging you not to vote. Just remember that the way you treat your neighbor is much more essential.

Love you all.

-Landon DeCrastos

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