…Google this Question… Who would Jesus Vote For. Go ahead, I’ll wait (soft rock plays in the background, while the masses drive up Google’s revenue)…
A few things to notice from your results… First of all, if you did not put the phrase in quotes you get over 1 million hits. If you did put it in quotes you only get 22 thousand or so. One of those sites the quotes eliminated was a Christianity Today piece, correcting my grammar. But that is not important right now.
What is important is this… Many of those articles talk about voting for the lesser of two evils and how Jesus would call the lesser of two evils, EVIL!!! and He would never vote for him or her.
But that question, like all the WWJD type questions, belies a deep theological error. It supposes that to know the mind of Christ is to know how He would respond as a man in our current situation. Outside of clear prohibitions or positive commands, we cannot hope to know what Jesus would do in a given situation today. Why not? Glad you asked…
Well, to start with Jesus was never in your situation. He may have been in something similar, but He did not record for us how He would respond to Aunt Sally’s drinking up all the cooking sherry just before it was time to baste the rib roast. Sherry was not even around then.
Jesus walked the earth two millennia ago. If you want to know how Jesus would act at a wedding in Cana, where the Roman Army provided security and the good wine flowed late in the celebration, you might have a well to go to in this discussion. How He would act walking down the center isle at your local Community Church is another story. YOU DON’T KNOW!
This brings us to the question before us today… Who Would Jesus Vote For (or For Whom Would Jesus Vote – Thanks C.T.)
Let’s look back at a bit of Biblical History and see who Jesus “voted for” in the past…
Two possible governors of Judah after the collapse of Israel to the North: The candidate on the right is Nebuchadnezzar, the wicked king of Babylon. To list out his demerits would take a page or two, but suffice to say Nebuchadnezzar was proud man who would burn a fella to death given the slightest provocation. A rank pagan who loved idols, especially ones that looked like him.
His opponent – Jehoiakim, a rebel king who hated the wicked king of Babylon. He came from a political family; the people really loved his daddy who was a war hero and the great restorer of the Passover Feast. His brother was king before him and Jehoiakim took the throne during a difficult time. He promised peace through negotiation, providing Egypt with a little tribute to keep things on the nice and level. Not like his daddy, but at least there was hope for peace.
There are your two candidates (2 Kings 23-24 and Daniel 1-4 for a more background on your candidates). Who would Jesus “vote for?” Well, as it happens, He “voted for” a ruthless, temple destroying, proud, baby killing, God hater. That is who would rule over His people.
In the upcoming election here in the US, Jesus may “vote for” a God hating, baby killing, cry on demand, slave reparations loving, free gub’ment health care sponsoring, liberal from New York. Or he may not “vote for” Ruddy Guliani at all. He may “vote for” a recently pro-life polytheist who loves him some big gub’ment as well.
And you know what? It would be a good thing if He “voted” any one of out current candidates. We may not see the goodness at the time, but it would be the best thing for the Church, which will reign forever with Him; and the best thing for America, which won’t.
Now, down to the practical: If you want to vote like Jesus your first step is to become omniscient. Then do everything for the advancement of the Kingdom and not your wallet, country or political party then pull the lever. Until all of that is in place I am afraid that WWJVF is at best an unhelpful question.