If Jesus were the President (the fundamentalist’s dilemma!)

If Jesus were the President, how can we handle this? If he uses his power to help the poor, do we call him a socialist? If he prioritizes healing the sick without emphasis on profit Do we proclaim in one shrill voice, ‘get him out of the oval office’? If he suggests "do unto my least brethren as you would do unto me" Does that go over in Washington as it did down in Galilee? Do we stifle every move he makes saying, ‘this man is not a leader’ Then complain when he goes to the mountain to speak directly to his people? If he does not mention Father Abraham in his third Thanksgiving speech Do we brand him ungodly and secular and pray for reasons to impeach? When he tells us of the good Palestinian do we try to understand? Or do we beat our chests about fundamentalist rights to a holy land? When he says, sell all, give to the poor - come follow me Nor cast a stone of condemnation - treat all nations equally Be prepared to turn the other cheek - bravely walk away from war Do we take him out and crucify him as the righteous and the fearful have been known to do before! I'm just asking. What do you think?  Comment below. In case you think the above is a fantasy - listen to this story from npr.org. [ti_audio media="1231"] or go the link here.
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8 Responses to If Jesus were the President (the fundamentalist’s dilemma!)

  1. vivienne says:

    I really like this one xxx

  2. Roelof Velthuis says:

    It can be argued that the dilemma arises from seeing Christ in the wrong perspective. The other view is that life on earth is short and life in heaven is eternal. Christ ‘s mission was not to set up rules by which we could construct a perfect society. On the contrary,
    Christ gave us rules to allow us to enter heaven. Think about the scene, where the Jews, suffering badly from the oppressive rule of the Romans, asked Christ if it was lawful to pay the heavy taxes levied by the authorities. Christ took sides and disappointed the Jews, because he said in effect “how can you benefit from me helping you to get rid of the Romans, when in the end you will not enter heaven! The latter mission is a million times more important!”

  3. Calvin says:

    Comment on our screwed up health system”
    If I can’t afford to live– go ahead and kill me.
    I really want to live, but indebtedness doesn’t thrill me.
    I am totally disabled and have nothing left to give.
    Just because my assets ain’t covered, does it mean I have no right to live?
    Like a laying hen my whose days are over, should I be shoved out of my nest?
    Or should the creditors just eat me when I finally put to rest?
    ( I was raised a Methodist and I am now a liberal politically incorrect Unitarian)

  4. Steve Zega says:

    Well said, Dezy, as always.

  5. cormac brenock says:

    I often feel the odd one out because I am not up to date with the latest cloak and dagger speculation from the media.
    I often feel my opinion is juvenile when I hear people on the radio speak with authority on world politics and the next big thing.
    The media casually mentions organizations and groups that I know little or nothing about.
    Compounding my belief that I know nothing about anything that is going on in the world.
    Yet , we are all human , a fact that is so often overlooked by media but crucial ( in my opinion ) to understanding the mind of the individual and hence the masses ( Edward Bernize , grandson of Sigmund Freud ).
    I often thought, how one could live a life in high office without making mistakes and if one did make mistakes to be brave enough to show their frailty and humanity. Yet it is the humanity and animal instincts and needs that bind us.
    I feel the media denies people with good intent the permission to be human and for that reason I don’t believe the media represents my voice. However I have been called naive for accepting the failings of some of those in power .

    I accept my naivety without question , but I do not doubt my humanity and failings and everyday is relentlessly testing this.

    I have enough trouble trying to avoid my own pitfalls without making a career on highlighting somebody else s.

    I think your poem was thought provoking in its message and encouraged me to value my opinion.
    It also had an easy rhyme and metre to it that seemed to tumble from the tongue.

    Thanks , yet again , for releasing “doves of hope” with your words.
    Cormac Brenock.

  6. They impaled Jesus then and we continue (as a human race) to impale our brains on all that pulls from spirit. I am not a Christian but have the greatest respect for Him as a special soul from The Great Mystery (my God). Hell, we destroy all Special Souls from that realm. My question is ‘When are we (the human race) going to grow up?” I work with addicted street kids and those in prison and really get the guy from NY. I do that often on the streets of Portland. Motto—“stay curious, keep moving and play with dignity in your sandbox.” as I say in my book (Needs). Thanks for the poem.

  7. Greg says:

    The American people are so cynical collectively, they would bitch if they were hung with a brand new rope!

    Unfortunately you won’t find any ‘Jesus like’ candidates running in the pack for this years election.

    As our friend Kinky Friedman says, “They ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore.”

  8. Peter says:

    So true but …

    The battle be not on the hill but at home and home of course is in the heart.
    Accept all and I mean ALL (even your non acceptance) your own parts and you’ll accept everything and everybody just as they are!
    When I accept that last little bit in myself, that last oh so reasonably intolerable justifiably changeable little teeny incy but … I’ll let you know if its true!!!

    Well it is!! How do I know? I don’t! I just AM sometimes!!!

    You did ask!!! -:)

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