Finding Jesus once again
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