The Dec. 29 paper “How would Jesus vote?” by Steve Roberts admonishes conservative Christians to stop and think if Jesus would vote for such a sinful man as Donald Trump. Apparently he believes that Mark Galli, the editor of Christianity Today speaks for all Christians and that Galli has finally seen the light.

The key to his attitude and his article is revealed when he pointed out that the Democrat Party “... tends to embrace a secular culture and seem hostile to people of faith.” He mentions the “cling to guns and religion” and the “basket of deplorables” quotes as evidence reflecting “an intellectual snobbism that makes it much harder for Democrats to appeal to people of faith.”

This is quite stunning, as I have never heard anyone on the left admit this before. It is quite apparent to many of us on the right that the left feels as though we are uneducated and ill-informed, while they are the intelligent and enlightened ones. They judge people on the right as too stupid to know that we should not be supporting this blustery, immoral man. They even go so low as to label us with awful names that we are not. Yes, Trump is a sinner, but who has not sinned? Is there a perfect man out there? Jesus gave his life so that those sins might be forgiven.

I would never assume to know how Jesus would vote, but from what I know of his character and what he stands for, I do believe he would be more supportive of a political party platform that more closely aligns with his word, for which there is no compromise. Most of the Democrat’s policies are in major conflict with conservative Christian beliefs, and perhaps that makes liberals feel superior.

I hesitated several days to write because like most conservatives, I don’t like conflict, don’t like being attacked, and I don’t look forward to the hurtful retaliation from folks on the left. We are divided by opinion and belief, but I would not judge or call them names. I will always vote for the party that more closely aligns with God’s word, in spite of the tactless, sinful candidate.

Connie Phillips

Lecanto

(12) comments

lifelonglearner

Connie Phillips should read Matthew 24: 41-46. Jesus was very clear how her hypocrisy would be addressed.

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

WillL

So you are willing to condemn Democrats about the things they SAID with zero absolution but not Trump gets a free pass of the things he DID??? Cherry picking for the sake of your narrative is highly hypocritical. You didn't want to be attacked for your ststements? Not only you should be attacked but ashamed that you call yourself a Christian. Your love of your false idol Trump is blasphemy

lancel44

Jesus was overtly on the side of the poor, the excluded, the ignored, the disenfranchised and the exploited. He was on their side when it damaged his reputation, his earning potential and any hope he had of moving up the ranks of religious or political power. He was on their side when he drove out the price-manipulators and rent-seekers in the temple courts and he was on their side when it cost him his life.

It would be hard to argue that Christians should support one party or another – to be unconditionally aligned no matter how their values and policies change over time.

However, I do believe we are called to on the side of those who are marginalised and disadvantaged by a system designed to benefit those at the top. If we follow Jesus, we will stand with and for all who are left out, forgotten, abused and socially, economically and politically excluded – no matter the personal cost.

Being on the side of the poor or excluded isn’t about having progressive values, the right opinions or even voting the right way. It’s about the decision to leverage any power, privilege, abilities and resources you have to transform not only an individual’s immediate circumstances but, more importantly, the economic, social and cultural systems that perpetuate inequality, poverty, exclusion and exploitation. Laws matter, national budgets matter, political policies matter because they not only reflect what society says is OK but provide the framework on which structural inequality – or social equity – is built.

Jesus’ vision wasn’t for a hospital at the bottom of a cliff (that you can only access if you’re willing to sit through a sermon first) – it was presenting the real possibility of an alternative society in which the cliff has been dismantled.

We know that corporate greed, and trickle-down economics are not working. We know that unfettered capitalism is destroying our planet and rapidly increasing inequality. We know that discrimination – whether due to race, gender, sexuality or religion – makes individuals suffer, our communities less healthy and our world less safe.

Israel makes sense only from the perspective of Passover

We know that the economy is designed to favour the wealthy when income for those at the top increases while wages at the bottom go down. We know in whose favour our leaders govern when the rich are given tax breaks while community legal services, needs-based education funding and other social supports are being cut.

And we know that Jesus was consistently on the side of the poor.

Easter, with its powerful image of Jesus nailed to a cross because the religious and political leaders wanted him dead, invites Christians to give our lives for the sake of others. Following Jesus requires we love people not only with words, theology or charity but in costly solidarity and a determination to expose the evil of any ideology that pretends inequality, violence or exploitation are noble, natural or ordained by God.

lancel44

Jesus was a liberal and would never approve of a man so evil and heartless as trump and his followers. To think Jesus would accept Trump is pure Blasphemy.

Alos, to think lt he country's majority including a few million anti-trumpers are not christians or anti-christian is pure bull.

The right wing evangelicals put party above God and thier false GOD Trump above all else need to repent. The bible speaks of false prophets and we're whitnessing them right now.

KerryM

You win Connie, your letter is the crowning achievement of ignorance far surpassing the Robert E. Hagaman attempt. My head is still spinning, way to go!

Bell-Man

What a hypocritical letter. Connie and Trump should familiarize themselves with the Bible and take a good hard look at what it say's and then look at what republicans are practicing. Jesus would never stand for such prolific liar's like all of Trumps supporters or the thing they do. Christianity has lost it's meaning in today's world along with it's followers. They seemingly think it's okay to sin and then try to justify it by saying well who hasn't sinned? When Trump sinned people die or are scarred for life and he continues to do it. Open you eye's Connie.

CitrusCo Citizen

Connie, you need to look in the mirror and have a good talk with yourself. You admit that you know that Trump is an immoral, tactless, blustery sinner, yet you claim that you will continue to support him! Apparently, you think it's just fine that he can lock up hundreds of little brown children who are still sitting in "camps"; commit adultery on three wives (the last one with a newborn); slander women, the disabled, and anyone who doesn't kiss his feet; tell thousands of lies, waste $118 million dollars of our hard-earned tax dollars on his golf games; cut off affordable health insurance and Medicaid for millions of people are all acceptable behaviors! You are more of a hypocrite than Trump is, because you know the difference between right and wrong and he doesn't and yet you choose to ignore his malicious acts against humanity. How can you even sleep at night?

Ssabmud

Here comes the retaliation you don't want even though you have no problem bad mouthing others. Jesus wouldn't vote for anyone. That is not what Jesus did. Jesus was a teacher and a savior not a politician or a constituent. What you are saying is something like, 'the dog certainly wouldn't vote for that dog catcher, now would he'. Your argument is neither here nor there as far a Jesus goes. It actually comes across as quite pathetic from someone who really doesn't actually believe what they are saying but are trying to fit in with the crowd. Believe me, you certainly do fit in, for what it is worth.

MikeBond

If your chosen leader is corrupt, then you are corrupt as well.

Miuke Nelson

Connie, I am pleased that you won't judge and call us names because that seems to be the norm with many conservative letter writers.

Please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/yoglNFN5-Js

Bell-Man

Connie will never watch anything negative about the people on the right, that's why she has the views that she does. Like most of them they form their opinions based on what they see on Fox or Limbaugh.

lifelonglearner

Or what they hear from the pulpit about The Chosen One. Jesus wept.

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