Find­ing Je­sus once again

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Some of us get a lit­tle put out ev­ery elec­tion year when Je­sus rou­tinely gets pulled out of the lib­eral closet, dusted off, and mor­phed into a mas­cot for their po­lit­i­cal cause.

The lat­est ex­am­ple was Rep. Stephen Co­hen of South Carolina’s com­par­i­son of Barack Obama to Je­sus as an al­leged com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer and Sarah Palin to Pon­tius Pi­late, the gov­er­nor of Judea.

Af­ter eight years in an ac­cred­ited sem­i­nary, two post­grad­u­ate de­grees in bib­li­cal stud­ies, and 30 years of Bi­ble study, I am un­able to pro­duce one scin­tilla of ev­i­dence prov­ing Je­sus was a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer as we un­der­stand the term. For the ben­e­fit of any left­ist who is re­ally in­ter­ested, Je­sus to­tally re­pu­di­ated both the re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal sys­tem of his day. To Pi­late him­self this com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer stated, “My king­dom is not of this world (John 18:36).”

Plainly, he had no in­ter­est in Judean pol­i­tics. His lone po­lit­i­cal opin­ion is found in Luke 13:32 when he called Herod a fox. That’s it. So how can any­one who wants to be taken se­ri­ously con­sider Je­sus a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer?

My ad­vice to politi­cians who care about spir­i­tual things ten­den­tiously and only ev­ery four years is: stick with what you know and stop us­ing Je­sus as a cause cele­bre. And some­one please help Mr. Co­hen wipe all that egg off of his face.

B. Richard McGovern

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