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And Jesus Wept

July 1, 2013

OK, I admit it, I am angry.  It is probably not a good idea to blog while angry but here goes.

I received an e-mail over the weekend that was forwarded to me by a friend.  It was from Mike Huckabee and it contained a reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the two same sex marriage issues before them.  Here, in part, is what he said:

“Dear Friends,

My immediate thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: “Jesus wept.” Five people in robes said they are bigger than the voters of California and Congress combined. And bigger than God. May He forgive us all.”

He then went on to urge us to donate to his PAC as a way of showing the liberal media that “the fight…is not over.”

Probably the reason it angered me is that, when I read it this morning, I had just seen a story about 19 elite firefighters in Arizona being killed fighting a fast-moving wildfire and the convergence of the two stories hit me like a brick.  Sometimes, rather than striking quickly to use current news, and Jesus, to raise political contributions it might be a good idea to stop and think.  So, here is the quiz – when do you think it is more likely that Jesus wept?

  1.  When the Supreme Court of one solitary country said that federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples cannot be denied?
  2. When 19 brave firefighters died trying to save the lives and homes of others?

We could add a dozen other examples to “b” above.  Violence in Syria.  Persecution of Christians in Muslim lands.  Disease shattering a family.  Alzheimer’s.  Children dying in accidents.  Abuse of women and children.  The list could go on and on.

Come on, Mike!  You are entitled to raise funds for your political views.  But look at the Bible again and the circumstance that actually did cause Jesus to weep.  Do you really feel comfortable throwing Him into your fund raising appeal?

I suspect that if Mike Huckabee and I sat down and drew a list of our political and religious beliefs we would have more in common than opposition.  But I confess that every time I hear conservatives throw the name of Jesus into their political pitch it drives me away from them, not toward them.  Don’t they(and I am no longer willing to say “we” when talking about conservatives) realize that using Jesus as a fund raising tool, or even as a supporter of their views on a political issue, does more harm than good?

Go ahead and support traditional marriage, Mike.  Go ahead and raise funds for it.  But when Jesus is busy weeping over human suffering let Him be what I see in the Gospels; a comforter to the hurting, a healer for the sick, and someone who reaches out with astonishing love to the least of the least.

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2 Comments
  1. To me, popular politics as we see it (TV, Internet, Newspaper, etc), is no different from sports games. The big-name politicians (former, current, future presidential candidates) are no better than the commentators/team owners. The legislators, senators, and other outlying politicians are no different from overpayed athletes.

    We’re all the fools in the stadium who pay top-dollar to watch them play.

    The only differences: (1) way pay with a gun to our head, and (2) the outcome of the game is freedom (or lack thereof).

    I CAN’T STAND POLITICS

  2. Kyle permalink

    Well, coming from Mike Huckabee, the guy that has said on multiple occasions that “Palestinians don’t exist” (tell that to the 2,000 Palestinian children killed directly by Israel) and that they should be “forced to find a new homeland” (i.e. ethnic cleansing), I’m not surprised. He doesn’t seem to actually stand by the teachings of Jesus when speaking in the political arena.

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