I get that it’s a really popular game right now to say things like “Yah! What would JESUS say about you murdering Iraqi babies in cold blood?!?” or “Would Jeeeesus deny federally funded health care?”
More often than not these questions come from people who eschew a relationship with said Jesus. They are Spiritual without being Christian (an increasingly popular faith system) or Atheist or Gnostic. Now, I have no qualms with anyone practicing any of these faiths or abjuring all faiths. Whatever floats your boat.
But I think these “gotcha” games, these abuses of Jesus’ name, are about ridiculous and tired. Not to mention insulting. There are many of us who are Christian Libertarians precisely because we believe that Jesus has asked us to separate matters of religion from matters of state. In case you’ve missed it the first hundred times I’ve said it….Jesus is EXACTLY why I’m a libertarian.
Government is a necessary stricture of my time here on earth. It is not my faith and is not to be confused with my faith.
Amen, Sister! The statist notion of Jesus as Cosmic Sugar Daddy has no basis in Scripture. In fact, Jesus has nothing to say on public policy throughout the Gospels, hence we cannot simply attach the most fashionable political causes of the day to him. That is why, as I have argued in the past, one can be of a wide variety of political persuasions without violating one's authentic Christian faith. Those who would prefer to use Jesus as a tool for political power are better off with the Judean People's Front (or the People's Front of Judea).
Hat tip: Gavin Richardson