“My Kingdom is not of this world.” This statement, which the Christian Church cherishes as something that was actually said by Jesus Christ, ought to be the cause of severe cognitive dissonance in the political sphere. The fact is that Jesus Christ is not among the candidates in the 2016 election. Many candidates are pretending to be a member of his supporters, while they pretend hard to make voters believe that there is such a thing as a Christian party.
These candidtes seem to have one thing in common: the desire to persecute or impose hardship on groups of people that they have chosen, mostly because they are mentioned in the Old Testament. But there is breaking news on that, it seems, because those candidates seem not to know that there is no such thing as Old Testament Christianity. And there is a reason for this, a reason that not many people fully grasp and practically no one appreciates.
There are many statements in the Old Testament that are taken to represent Jewish theology. Whole books are devoted to “the Law,” or a statement of what Jews may and may not do, often on pain of punishment. But another amazing reality of Jewish theology is that it has evolved beyond the Old Testament, something that evangelical Christian theology has not done.
The Jewish people of today do not own slaves; they do not execute people by mob in the streets; they do not put to death brides who are not virgins. They no longer believe that misfortune or illness are punishments from God. “What did I do to deserve this?” Although you hear the statement frequently, it is now a joke rather than a statement of belief in the nature of God.
Likewise, candidates who mistakenly believe that they are Christians make promises like this. “Vote for me and I will work to abolish abortion in America, no matter what the condition of the mother, no matter what the condition of the baby.” Today’s Zika epidemic will destroy that statement when it hits the United States, by the way, and if nothing happens to the contrary, it will get here after the Olympics if they are held in Rio de Janeiro.
“Vote for me and I will deprive American citizens of their rights under the Constitution.” You do realize, don’t you, that politicians got away with this just fine when the victims of the discrimination were African-American? Now the mislabeled Christian politicians want to undermine the rights of some white people – it isn’t going to go over when it gets to the judicial system.
Vote for these un-Christian traitors if you will. Just remember what Pastor Martin Niemoller said when you reflect that after all, if you are not female, gay or black you probably have nothing to worry about, right? Or Mexican, or maybe Catholic if you don’t feel evangelical in your religion?
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
[Pastor Martin Niemoller]