Jesus for President

Jesus for President

Now that I watched much of the Republican National Convention, I also watched this past week much of the Democratic National Convention. My initial suspicions were confirmed, I have heard it all before. All the promises which will never be fulfilled, and even admittedly on Mr. Obama’s part have not yet been fulfilled, from four years ago. It grows old. What about Mr. Obama’s promises for Peace four years ago, for instance? I can remember these campaigns back as far as the Eisenhower days. It was Eisenhower who warned us against the Military Industrial complex that has sapped so much of our nations vigor, and the vigor of our young men and women in the military.

I liked Mr. Clinton’s and Mr. Obama’s speeches, and thank them for their preparation and dedication in their attempts to do what they believe is best for our country from their point of view. But, I still do not care to vote. I still could not choose either candidate. I cannot agree with Mr. Obama’s opinion regarding abortion and same sex marriage, although I do not see those sins as being any “worse” than those who have been so affected by this world’s culture of violence, that they kill in war, or my own sins, for that matter….

I nominate Jesus for President!

Now, I am not the first or only one. Shane Claiborne, another radical peace loving pacifist guy,, has actually already nominated Jesus, so I am seconding the nomination.. :):) Here is a review of the book you may be interested in reading:

It is us crazy, insane pacifists that apparently are stirring up the pot again and causing all kind of consternation among mainstream Christians who know what Jesus said, but cannot follow him in regards to his politics or nonviolent teachings. Shane Claiborne is one of those who has captured the vision of the young.

But, I have digressed…. Speaking of vision though, I did like Mr. Obama’s references to Hope. We needed that. Thanks! About this “hope” thing, this “bootstrap” hope thing that Mr. Obama referred to…, where does a person get it? Where does a nation get it? Where does the world get it? To me, Hope is a spiritual gift from God. I am viewing this from my personal Christian perspective, and I am sure there are other ways of viewing it, but let’s at least consider this:
From Romans 15, not far after Romans 13, the chapter most Christians believe command them to kill and go to war at the States’, any States’ command: [emphasis mine]
“7-13 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance:
Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing;
I’ll sing to your name!
And this one:
Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!
And again:
People of all nations, celebrate God!
All colors and races, give hearty praise!
And Isaiah’s word:
There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse,
breaking through the earth and growing tree tall,
Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!”

What does this mean? What should it mean? To me, it means this root for outsiders and insiders, for Jews and Gentiles, for Everyman, all nations, all races, as it clearly states, is Jesus, in whom we have hope. It means hope is a gift of the Holy Spirit, a gift of this root, this Eternal King, whom we need to nominate for our President… Really… This is the larger vision. This is the real hope.

It is unfortunate that it was such a big deal to get God back on the Democratic platform… God should be on every nation’s platform. Every nation should look to God for Hope. Jesus was not really a Christian, he was a Jew, but a really visionary type of Jew who did not limit his Spiritual gifts, such as hope, only to Jewish insiders, but freely gave it and still gives it to us outsiders, and to the whole world. Where else do you think it comes from? If not from God, through the Son, tell me, from where else do you believe the Holy Spirit proceeds? From where else does Hope proceed? From where else does Peace proceed? From where else does Love proceed; From our own “bootstraps”?

The Quakers, a Historic Peace Church, (HPC) believed there was a spark of God in everyman… I do too.. I believe this spark is a Spirit of God that dwells “with” everyman, and returns to God at death. I believe this Spirit dwells “in” those who unconditionally give their lives to God. With, or in, I do not believe this Spirit will limit Hope to any particular nation or peoples. All can have hope. I believe it is an inalienable gift, similar to the inalienable rights in the United States Constitution to the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…

It is to set this common Hope as a vision for our nation, and all nations, that I believe is one of the things Jesus would do if he were President. This is the bigger idea, the larger vision that I believe we need today. We need Jesus as President, if not of the United States, then the whole world. If not of the United States or the world, then let him start here, and be the President of your life, of my life, and President of a Kingdom that is not of this world, a Kingdom that is among us, a Kingdom that is in us, as Tolstoy, and Jesus, would say.

Is that OK with you? If not, speak up….

John Cooper
Tuscaloosa, AL

About jcooperforpeace
Spiritual Director, Spirituality of Inner Peace

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