If Jesus were an American citizen today, would he vote for Trump or Clinton?
I have been thinking about a good topic to add to the blog this week. I wanted to make it something “election related” in the spirit of the upcoming elections, and as I read my cousin and Godfather’s Facebook posts… it hit me. Cousin Rafael asked his followers “If Jesus was an American citizen in today’s world, would he vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton”?
Now, I know this is a polite way of asking the ever controversial question “Who are you voting for?” This question on any election year draws controversy at any family gathering, but this year the issue may draw blood… Never has a country been so divided on the issue of who to vote for, because the candidates are so mesmerizingly opposite. When the question is posed as, who would “Jesus” choose if he could, well then all HELL may break loose?
It would be an easy to answer if we believe ex-Presidential candidate and brain surgeon, Ben Carson when he compared Hillary Clinton to Lucifer, then Donald Trump would be the obvious choice for Jesus to vote for President in 2016.
Had the question been would Jesus belong to, the Democratic or the Republican Party, one can say, the Democrats believe in killing unborn babies which they disguise nicely by calling it “pro-choice” and the Bible says “Thou shall not kill” -Exodus 20:13. Based on this, the answer would more than likely be Jesus would be in the GOP.
However the question is far more complex and merits more thought and detail. Definitely more detail than will be covered in this blog, but here is as they say, “food for thought”.
Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus did exist historically. Different faiths give different meanings to the importance and significance of his time on earth. For Christians, Jesus was the son of God, and Christians are taught that only through him one can find salvation. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14:6. For the followers of Jesus this was and is very powerful.
One can argue that this is somewhat of an ambiguous statement implying Christians to have blind faith. This observation is based on the different religions and their different theories of Jesus’ life on earth. For example, in Islam, Jesus is considered “one” of God’s important prophets. Muslims believe Jesus was a bringer of scripture and was born of a virgin but was not the Son of God. Judaism rejects the belief that Jesus was the Messiah, arguing that his death on the cross, as per -Deuteronomy 21:23 signifies that he was rejected by God and that his resurrection is a Christian myth.
Would it be completely inconceivable to argue, what is the difference between Jesus telling his disciples to have blind faith in him, and Donald Trump telling the American people that he’s going to Make America Great Again? At the Republican National Convention in his acceptance speech he said “I have made billions of dollars in business making deals – now I’m going to make our country rich again. I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones”. Does this not imply to follow him, or in this case “vote” for him in an act of blind faith?
America is a wonderful country, the best country in the world in my opinion; however aren’t there problems here that need to be fixed? The problems with terrorism, financial deficit, unemployment, crime, are arguably worse now than ever before. It is easy to pivot to the current administration in Washington and blame them for the problems America is facing. Donald Trump on the other hand, represents to his followers a new direction, a solution that has yet to be tried.
In his rhetoric of how terrible the state of America is he argues that only he can fix it. He tells his followers to trust that he has America’s best interest at heart. He tells America to believe in him. He urges America to have faith in him. Seems like a direct play from the Jesus playbook… and for this whimsical reason I would argue that Jesus would cast a vote for Trump.
All this having been said in jest and in the spirit of prompting thought provoking conversation, one can also argue Jesus knew that humans lack the ability to fully provide for the needs of everyone in the world. He knew that the solution to the problems of the world were in God’s hands and not in governments. This is probably why Jesus said to a politician of the time: “My kingdom is no part of this world.” – John 18:36. Jesus also said “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” -Mark 12:17, this being considered and the fact that voting is non-compulsory in the US, Jesus would probably go fishing on Election Day.