January 18, 2012
Among evangelicals it is common to ask, in a situation, What Would Jesus Do? (sometimes shortened to WWJD?). However, evangelicals being a politically conservative lot, it is well to ask, just how much in agreement would Jesus be, regarding their stance on some of today's controversial issues? In other words, we know they are right (even far right), but are they right with Jesus? Here are some answers.
Public prayer: "And when thou prayest, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. . . . But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly" (Matthew 6:5-6).
Separation of church and state: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" (Mark 12:17).
Favoring the rich: "Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God" (Matthew 19: 23-24).
On the rich paying more: A poor widow having given to the synagogue's treasury her last "two mites" (the equivalent of a farthing), Jesus said: "Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living" (Mark 12:41-44).
Giving to the poor: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven . . ." (Matthew 19:21).
Assisting the needy (specifically the hungry, naked, sick, and imprisoned): "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my bretheren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:34-40).
Universal health care: "And into whatsoever city ye enter . . . heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you" (Luke 10:8-9).
Congressional Gridlock: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth" (Luke 11:17).
So there you have it: Jesus is a liberal! Conservatives take heed: "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" (Luke 12:56-57).