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Who Would Jesus Vote For -- Romney or Obama?

Michael John Sullivan wonders if Jesus would vote for Mitt Romney or President Obama based upon the candidates views.

The extremists are hard at work in the social media atmosphere, busy telling me how evil Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are, outlining why electing one or the other would be devastating to our wonderful country. I rarely respond to such nonsense in the social media world unless it’s so foul and inaccurate.

I’m not really a political person. In fact, I hate politics. I hate that money hampers real progress in our country. I hate that the message of helping one another is lost during the political campaign. I only care that each individual has a chance to live a dignified life, work for a wage that allows them to pay for shelter, clothes, and food. I care about you. Sounds, simple, right?

Well, if you read the gibberish from both political parties and their supporters, it’s much more complicated. It’s why they feel the need to lecture the masses on why “their” man is the best one for the job as President of the United States. One side has spent a good deal of time exploiting an actor talking to a chair while the other side is talking about birth certificates. I wonder if people on both sides really care about the true issues that are important to us all -- unemployment, the housing market, and the debt issue.

Let’s be honest. The job of being president of the United States is the hardest one in the world. You’ll never satisfy everyone and each statement or move you make will be ripped apart by the opposing party. So, I admire anyone’s courage to put themselves out in the public for scrutiny. 

Since I’ve written a couple of novels that allow the main character to time-travel back to first-century, Jerusalem, I wondered what Jesus would think if God asked him to travel to America, today. If Jesus stood before us here in the 21st century, who would He vote for – Romney or Obama? What would He think of America and the issues we are discussing?

I came up with the following thoughts:

Jesus wouldn’t judge anyone if they were a patriot or not. He wouldn’t express any interest in whether a person hoisted their flag up on a pole on the Fourth of July or even waved one at all.

Jesus wouldn’t care if you called yourself Jewish, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Agnostic, Atheist, etc.

Jesus wouldn’t be impressed how many Bible verses you memorized but by the times you helped your neighbor.

Jesus wouldn’t be part of any political party, lobby group, nor would He be left,right or anything in between. 

Jesus would be surprised that those who  believe his Father created the earth aren’t more vigilant in making sure that it is treated with respect and dignity.

Jesus would be interested in how we as a society treat the poor, the sick, the people with severe challenges, the homeless, the hungry, and the elderly. He’d want to see His teachings in action and not just in prayer. Are we feeding the hungry? Are we protecting the vulnerable? Are we doing everything we can to support our neighbors? Are we giving everyone a dignified life?

He would wonder why so many fed themselves and filled the pockets of a billion dollar revenue company when the same people could have instead performed the Christian act of forming long lines to donate to those in need at food banks and shelters across this country.

Jesus would be saddened to see the leaders of both political parties sitting down at high-priced dinners all in the name of raising sinful amounts of cash to feed media outlets with lies about their opponent instead of using the money for the truly desolate and impoverished.

Jesus wouldn’t be concerned about your right to bear arms. Remember how He told the apostles to put down their swords at the betrayal in the Garden? Jesus would probably be shocked how our society is so brainwashed that we need to have firearms to "protect" ourselves. Who are we really protecting?

Jesus would be amused at how Christmas has become more of a shopping celebration, a chance to stampede your way into stores for a sweet deal on a big-sized TV or the latest tech gadget. He’d wonder what happened to just a simple, “Happy Birthday, thanks for showing us how to be compassionate” gesture by reaching out to those who don’t have anything. He’d be puzzled why family and friends get together to shower each other with unnecessary gifts.

Jesus would be appalled how little we appreciate the gift of life in a country that proclaims to give equal rights to all – except to those who can’t say whether they want to live or not. He would wonder why those who are pro-birth are not pro-children, not willing to spend the money to make sure the young people of this world are fed, clothed and educated properly. After all, children did not be asked to be born in poverty.

Jesus would walk into the election booth and stand there for several minutes, thinking about the issues each candidate has expressed as being important. He would think hard about how compassionate Romney and Obama are to the poor, unemployed, sick, hungry, and homeless. He would wonder who cared more about respecting and protecting innocent human life. He would focus on whether a candidate truly cared about peace and who was more concerned about waging war on poverty than on each other.

Jesus would probably not cast a vote. He would leave the election booth in disgust. Instead, He would stand on the highest mountain, look down on us as we silence our cell phones and pagers to listen, and say, “My children, you have created quite a mess here. Take your time to fix it. It’s going to be a while before my Father welcomes you anyway.”

He would ask: "Do you really believe in Me? I mean really believe in Me? Stop using my name for your own purposes."

It's up to each of us to answer this. It's time to look at ourselves in the mirror as Christians. We need to act like who we say we are and help one another or put the Bibles away and stop being hypocrites.

Michael John Sullivan is a flawed Christian, an author living with his family on Long Island. He has written two novels, Everybody's Daughter, and Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness

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Leah Bush (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 08:31 PM
No....better things than worry about politics.
Michael John Sullivan October 01, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Politics have a lot to do with where money goes to help the sick, hungry and poor. Jesus was quite the politician back in his time, too.
Michael John Sullivan October 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
There are many articles regarding this subject if you Google the issue. http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&rlz=&q=WAs+Jesus+political%3F
Leah Bush (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
True, can't argue with that...
Michael John Sullivan October 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Well, we can agree it's an important issue -- how we help those who are in need. :)
Ranger Sewer October 01, 2012 at 10:54 PM
How do you think Jesus would feel about Collecting high taxes at the point of a gun like it is done today?
Michael John Sullivan October 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
How do you think He would feel about the greediness of Wall Street?
Michael John Sullivan October 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Or the banks that were bailed out that were caught in fraud cases? http://www.allgov.com/news/controversies/bank-of-america-smacked-with-foreclosure-fraud-lawsuits?news=844158 Maybe someday we can all land a 14 percent tax rate.
Ranger Sewer October 02, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Mr. Sullivan sir: You still did not ansewer the question. How do YOU think Jesus would feel about collecting Taxes at the point of a Gun like it is done today?
Concerned Citizen October 06, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I don't no where you live Mr. Sewer, but I have not seen any armed tax collectors walking the streets going door-to-door lately. MJS is trying to make a point. Without a doubt he is saying, perhaps without realizing, that the word of Jesus is a bit more liberal than conservative, although I would bet that Jesus would embrace smaller government as people should be accountable to a higher power that is greater then any man (men/women)... I would also bet that if you took your mind out of your pockets and focused more on the services and protections that you have as a result of your taxes, you would probably be surprised and probably a little more grateful. By the way, the gosple also speaks to Jesus wanting people to go out and prosper... Not everyone needs to be a Martyr.
Michael John Sullivan October 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Jesus was a liberal in his time. I see the issues today -- helping each other in these horrific economic times -- as being very important. I'm not a political person but I do realize politics plays a part in how much we help those in need. Having been raised in a middle class family, had a winter stint with homelessness right after college, and been laid off six times, I realize even working harder than the next guy isn't good enough sometimes. My suggestion is if you feel you're paying too much taxes, utilize your vote and voice. It's what makes this country great. Or we can find deductions and lower our tax rate to 14 percent like one of the candidates running for President.
Michael Hand October 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
"Jesus was a liberal" this is a world view opinion. For example he encouraged peopl to basically take care of one another not the government. It was always to look to God for pray, help, and answers and not the government, which is liberal now
Michael John Sullivan October 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
He would be a moderate today because i believe He would be upset how we view the life issues. He was considered an outcast by the power structure during His time and certainly a liberal when He preached. Maybe someday we take care of each other. Taxes we pay do help so indirectly we are helping one another. It's the degree to which it's done that's in dispute.
Michael Hand October 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
well... liberals, today, love to kill babies via abortion and save a whale. Perhaps time frame has a role in public attitude, but again, I do not feel he would vote for anyone since he is our God
JEANNE MURRAY October 11, 2012 at 04:35 AM
OH I LOST MY COMMENT. MR. SULLIVAN, SO MANY VOTERS THINK.LIKE U, OR REALLY, REALLY. HATE. ONLY. GOD CAN LEAD US. YES, IBELIEVE GOD SENT HIS SON JESUS TO SAVE ME FROM MY SIN, AND IS RETG FOR ME. IN FREE, SAVED, BORN AGAIN, N HAVE JOY AND PEACE THAT IS BEYOND UNDERSTANDING I'LL. K OUT 14% OPTION GOD BLESS YOU AND AMERICA, LAND THAT WE LOVE, STAND BESIDE HER, AND GUIDE HER, WITH THE LIGHT FROM ABOVE......AMEN
Michael John Sullivan October 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Thanks Jeanne for your thoughts. Perhaps someday those who do believe will act out more in kindness instead of judgment.
Selena Robins October 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM
With all due respect, Michael Hand, it is blanket statements like this that cause so much strife. Do you know every single Liberal minded individual? Have each of them told you that they love to kill babies (and that, sir, is a horrible thing to say about anybody). Has every single Liberal out there told you they'd rather save a whale? As for using Jesus to make your point, you are doing the exact opposite of what Jesus was all about. He embraced everyone, Liberal, Conservative, Martians, whatever, and I believe he asked that we don't stand in judgement of each other in a harsh way. Yes, I do judge people, I judge criminals, monsters who hurt others for no apparent reason, I judge them to be a negative force in society. I understand abortion is a complex issue with so many factors to consider, but I guess when I hear blanket statement like...Liberals, love to do this and that, it presses a button. We all (myself included) need to get back to the simple basics of not only talking the talk, but walking the walk. We make mistakes, and we all will never agree on all the issues, but I would hope that we can all agree on a few things: Caring for each other, not slamming each other for whatever party one supports, and praying in an active way, as in helping those who are challenged by economic or health downfalls. If every person helped just one person in their neighborhood, imagine the possibilities. Peace out.
Michael John Sullivan October 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
True, Selena. I've had people paint me as liberal and conservative. I don't consider myself either since the issues associated with the two groups are not necessarily ones I support.
Michael Hand October 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Selena, you claim my statement as causing strife? Yes, it does. Should murder be tolerated in the name of "a right". what is a "woman's right to choose" and what are they choosing? The woman's right to choose is about only giving her the God authority, given by man, to kill life. If you want to stop abortion, encourage protection, or better yet, abstinence. 32 million babies in the world have been killed so far this year alone. 99% of murders in the United states is abortion - and it is legal. Strife..."peace out"??? this is no peace when it takes away life from an an innocent human that did nothing to deserve to be murdered and for people to take this lightly as an "oops, let me get rid of this accident" is immoral and no care for life. This break down in society underscores many other dysfunctions as we witness today with lack of care of people in harms way, abuse, violence, and other physical harm as we treat life less and less important, starting at conception. As for your comment of "not slamming" well some choose to do nothing and let the murders continue while others stand up and say "wait! This is wrong" and take a stand for the innocent life that is taken from them. All life is precious and saying nothing is no better than condoning this act. You say "if every person helps another..." yes - imagine if people respected all life, what would happen if we helped each other and stopped killing, starting with the babies. Abortions is human sacrifice. It is wrong.
Selena Robins October 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
MIchael Hand, in my response to you, is there any where I stated that killing an innocent is perfectly fine? You made a blanket statement, which I responded to. How do you know what every Liberal believes in? How do you know what every Conservative believes in? You said: "All life is precious and saying nothing is no better than condoning this act." Are mass & serial murderers, rapist, terrorists, child abusers, lives precious as well? They are human beings, so with your statement I can sit here and assume you are against capital punishment? By that statement you made, are we to assume that you feel these people should have all the rights allowed to them? See how assumptions and blanket statements can be taken out of context? I don't think there are many people who would argue that teaching responsibility such as birth control or abstinence is good practice, however, the reality is, people don't do these things, and the reality is there are mitigating circumstances where a woman has to make a heartbreaking decision and thankfully, they can make the decision without risking their lives in some dark room alley. The issues is not cut and dried and it is not black and white, there are so many elements to consider. I am not saying abortion is the answer to anything. If people & govt's really respected life, they could start with helping women and children who are being murdered daily in countries that don't respect women, instead of sitting in judgement of each other.
Michael John Sullivan October 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I won't sit in judgement of another person's decision. There are many shades of gray when it comes to any issue. But I agree you can't paint one group of people on any issue. We all have different thoughts and they change during a circumstance and in the process.
Michael Hand October 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Selena, you say "I stated that killing an innocent is perfectly fine". I did not say this. That is your assertion. you say "How do you know what every Liberal believes in?" I did not make any claim to this assertion either. you say "How do you know what every Conservative believes in?" Again, I made no claim to this in my comments. you say "Are mass & serial murderers, rapist, terrorists, child abusers, lives precious as well?" yes. They are 1% of the murders that happen while abortion is, still, 99% of murders. you say "They are human beings, so with your statement I can sit here and assume you are against capital punishment?" I made no claim to one side or the other. However there is a difference when you throw in a blanket statement like this such as you compare to a person that consciously commits a crime / murder to an innocent human that was given no choice in being murdered. you say "See how assumptions and blanket statements can be taken out of context?" No, it is very clear of the difference - choice to kill vs. no choice of being murdered. you say "... thankfully, they can make the decision..." and how about the 32 million babies that did not have the right to make this decision? How about the fathers that had no say in this "thankful decision"? you say "The issues is not cut and dried" I agree that the choice is difficult - but if you choose to practice unsafe sex, and there is life involved you are not God nor should practice human sacrifice for convenience
Selena Robins October 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
MIchael Hand, you stated: "well... liberals, today, love to kill babies via abortion & save a whale. " Liberals as in plural, again, I ask, how do you know what Liberals think? Do you know all them? You telling me that I made a blanket statement is a bit ironic, but I'm not going to debate that with you. You seem to only want to discuss abortion. You are standing in judgement of the women who have made this Legal decision. You state: "If you choose to practice unsafe sex..." Are you saying rape victims who didn't choose to be raped & got pregnant & had an abortion are exempt to being called a murderer? This was not what I believe to be what Jesus preached when he was here on earth. It is very easy for those of us who have not had to make such a difficult decision to say, "well, you shouldn't have had unsafe sex, etc." Walk a mile in someone's shoes...isn't that what Jesus taught? Have you ever been pregnant & faced with that decision? I haven't, but I surely am not going to verbally stone a woman who had to face this. Homeless people are dying in the streets. Families can't feed their children. Yet, I have to wonder why you choose to carry a flag for a legal procedure. Your words are harsh, human sacrifice? That's fine, are free to express things in that unfair way. I would just love to see people who think like you be fair. If you believe in capital punishment, yet condemn those who had an abortion, not consistent in your love for human life. In my humble opinion.
Michael John Sullivan October 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I know if my daughter (God forbid) ever faced a situation like an assault, I would support her in whatever decision she would make. God is about love. There are so many circumstances that would fall into this category as well.
Michael Hand October 12, 2012 at 04:41 PM
"There are so many circumstances that would fall into this category as well." So let's just be God and choose who lives and dies because an unspoken voice deserves no rights
Michael Hand October 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Selena you say "Your words are harsh, human sacrifice?" and do you prefer to put another label on it like, say "a woman's choice" or perhaps "it's not life until..." - it is clear - murder and it is sacrificing a life of a human no matter how you want to spin it. You may not have much concern, based on your comments, over life of babies but people like myself do. "If you believe in capital punishment, yet condemn those who had an abortion, not consistent in your love for human life" again you are twisting what I have said which is that there is a difference between one that chooses to murder and one that does not have a choice of being murdered. Your opinion, as you put it, seems to support abortion, which is killing another human in which you have a different moral code than a person that respects the life of a baby
Michael John Sullivan October 12, 2012 at 04:55 PM
God is about love, not assault, rape, etc. It's not about who chooses to live or not. It's about an act of love. By circumstances, there are many sad ways this can occur, unfortunately in today's cruel world. http://health.act.gov.au/health-services/canberra-hospital/our-services/medical-services/sexual-health/sexual-assault-care/rape-related-pregnancy
Selena Robins October 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
MIchael Hand, do you believe in capital punishment? You don't have to say if you don't want to, but isn't that a form of playing God as well? Do you believe in a dignified death for those who cannot make their own choice, and are in a vegatative state? Again, you do not have to say if you don't want to. But, nurses and doctors make life and death decisions every single day and so do family members who make the decision of DNR in their loved ones as they lay dying. Are they playing God? No, in my opinion they are not. They are utilizing the free will God gave us all and hopefully, most of us utilize it in a humane, compassionate way. There are MANY unspoken voices that have no rights. We don't live in a perfect world. NOTHING is black or white, when it comes to an issue such as abortion. You can't pick and choose what God believes to be right or wrong either.
Selena Robins October 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Michael Hand, you have no way of hopping into my head, you don't know me and you do NOT know what my opinion on abortion is. I haven't come on here with a Pro-Life flag, or a Free to choose banner. I am giving an opinion of something you took and are running with it. So are you saying it's okay to kill murderers for their crime? If you do believe that, then isn't the State and the executioner playing God? PLEASE DO NOT ever question my moral code when it comes to babies and children. You don't know me, and to put something like that on a blog is unfair. Given that you have taken this discussion to a personal nature, I will bid you goodbye, you obviously do not know the boundaries of a respectful debate. Thanks for playing.
Michael Hand October 12, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Selena, you say "ou do NOT know what my opinion on abortion is." your comments supports the choice to kill. Would you like me to quote you about that dark ally comment? you also say " I haven't come on here with a Pro-Life flag," I don't need anyone to run to my support. My belief is my faith, based on the Bible and not some world view opinion of what one feels. you add " I am giving an opinion of something you took and are running with it" your opinion followed my comment so now you say that your world view is a higher standard than mine? you again say "So are you saying it's okay to kill murderers for their crime" again, you twist what I have commented on a number of times. You seem to take the side of murders over the side of babies. I find this disturbing. "PLEASE DO NOT ever question my moral code" your moral standards are not Biblical. If you think that it is and support abortion (aka murder) than I believe I can say that there is a problem, especially when you seem to impose your view above mine. "You don't know me" you are absolutely right and if you do not support abortion why don't you just say so to clear it up then. In addition you don't know me. I have a personal experience of this topic that drives me to take issue on this topic. I use to think it was okay for a right to choose...until my child was ripped from the womb and killed, leaving me with this guilt for 25 years.

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