(“I’m Jesus and I approved this message.”)
This is why I cringe when someone says Jesus was, or would be, a conservative or a Republican or a tea partier–or a Democrat or liberal or even a socialist.
Liberals want to paint Jesus and the early Christians as socialists all about sharing the wealth, while conservatives want to paint him as a conservative who blessed the use of the sword and tax cuts.
Both of which are ludicrous notions based on New Testament cherry picking.
First of all, Jesus would be, and Jesus is, nothing today except Jesus–the Jesus who condemned the power-mongers and rulers of his time on earth and condemned them harshly.
I dare say there’s not a politician or candidate alive that our Lord wouldn’t harshly condemn if he dropped into the political arena today.
Nouwen was so right, as usual. Jesus isn’t about conquest or ideology or domination–and certainly he wouldn’t bless America’s current politics of personal destruction.
Jesus is about love and it in all of love’s many dynamic manifestations.
Love is not necessarily about being Mr. Nice and I don’t think Jesus, the Lord of Truth, would play nice in anybody’s political camp.