Jesus driving money lenders from the temple
"What Would Jesus Do?"
Posted January 10, 2004 thepeoplesvoice.org
By: Kerry Tomasi firstname.lastname@example.org
I was never a big fan of George W.
Bush. In fact, I wasn't even a tiny wee-bit of a fan. And it wasn't just his costumed "dress-up" appearances at photo-op
events - smirking and strutting about - that bothered me so. I understand that
certain people have no choice but to resort to such things in order to project a
confident facade. And as devastating as his radical right wing agenda is for our
country, even this was not my primary aversion.
No, to me the most odious aspect of G.W. was the assertion that he was
"chosen by God" to do these radical things, and is therefore simply
'doing the Lords' work'.
It's hard for me to express how skeptical I am when I hear something like this.
After all, this is the kind of thing people like Osama bin Laden and Hitler have
been known to declare. Suffice it to say, I didnít buy it.
As a bit of a Bible buff, my first reaction was to recall Jesus' admonition in
Matthew 7:15 to - "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." I was certain
that this passage summed up the entire 'chosen one' assertion in a nutshell. But
being a fair-minded guy, I decided to do a little New Testament research - kind
of a "What Would Jesus Do" type of thing - and see if there might
actually be a biblical basis for any of G.W.'s policies and actions; one that
would justify the unwavering support Bible believing Christians give this man
and his party.
Here's what I found (I invite you to dust off that King James Version and follow
Regarding his outfits and staged photo-ops:
"And adorn thineselves with an outwardly appearance of
righteousness and cleanliness; for that which appears so, shall truly be
so." - Matthew 23:27-28
And his multimillion dollar fund-raisers:
"When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not the poor,
the lame, the blind; but bid thy friends and brethren and rich neighbors to come
unto thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be rewarded: and he that
humbleth himself shall be debased." - Luke 14:11-14
"And bid thine rich friends and neighbors to render unto Caesar that
which pleaseth Caesar, and Caesar will render unto them those things they desire
of him." - Luke 20:25
And his public displays of piety:
"And when thou prayest be not like those hypocrites who
pray in silence behind closed doors, expecting to be rewarded openly. For the
Lord your God will not hear their prayers. But pray loudly and openly on the
street corners and in the public square, so to be seen of men." -
And his warmongering:
"But I say unto you, hate your enemies, and curse them that
curse you. Thou shalt hunt them down one by one and kill them for righteousness'
sake. And turn not the other cheek; for thou art either with us or against
us." - Matthew 5:39-44
And his Robin Hood-in-reverse "take from the poor, give to the rich"
"And Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect, go and
accumulate great wealth and store up great treasures on earth; for it is easier
for a rich man to enter heaven, than for a poor man leading a camel to pass
thru the eye of a needle." - Matthew 19:21-24
Well, there you have it. Could it be
Needless to say, I for one feel
foolish for ever doubting.
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by Kerry Tomasi email@example.com