Jesus: Republican or Democrat?

In light of the first presidential debate last night, now is a good time to address one of my favorite political debate topics:

Would Jesus be a Republican or a Democrat?

If you are at all spiritually and politically inclined, you certainly have heard this question and have likely noticed that BOTH sides tend to claim Jesus for their own. I’ve heard all of the arguments and, to me, the answer is clear.

Jesus would not bother to vote!

Now, that is not a commentary on the worthiness of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … it’s just that Jesus was decidedly apolitical. He was not interested in human affairs, he was concerned only with spirituality!

As he said in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Blessed are those who are persecuted, Jesus said, as long as they are being righteous! In other words, it is a “good” thing to go through adversity provided you have spiritual intent. Y’know, just like Jesus dying on the cross was a “good” thing because it was a spiritual act. Christ is not the savior of our physical health or finances; Christ is the savior of our souls.

RIGHTNESS is something politicians are concerned with in their attempt to eliminate adversity, while RIGHTEOUSNESS is an endeavor for the soul, which can thrive amid adversity. You may argue with someone about whether tax cuts or tax increases are beneficial for the masses, or you can be pro-war or anti-war, but those are discussions over what is RIGHT. (It’s so easy to spin human affairs to the political right or the left, if you are willing to try.)

But there is no doubt that RIGHTEOUSNESS is unassailable. Who would argue against virtues such as compassion, forgiveness and wisdom? All are spiritual features … and can be expressed differently.

Therein lies the rub.

What’s compassion? Giving a hungry man a fish or teaching him how to fish?

What’s forgiveness? Letting a man out of jail or letting suffering out of your heart?

What’s wisdom? Knowing what to do in the flesh or knowing what to do in the spirit?

In John 7:24, Jesus addressed this directly: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

“Mere appearances” is when you THINK you know what is in another person’s heart based upon what it SEEMS TO BE on the surface. But you cannot know another person’s intent.

Consider Matthew 16:23. After Peter resisted the idea that he was going to be crucified, Jesus responded to him by saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

First of all, was Jesus being MEAN there? Of course not. He was 100 percent focused on the task at hand and was trying to get Peter to truly see only spirit. And yet, if you saw him calling his right-hand man SATAN you might assume he was not being very nice.

Same with Matthew 7:22-23, “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.'”

Again, like flipping over the tables in the temples, Jesus sounded a little cranky there. But don’t judge by mere appearances, judge correctly!

A correct judgment is when one puts his mind on things of God and NOT on the things of man. Ergo, Jesus would not be political, as politicians are focused on the affairs of man. God’s laws are spiritual laws and can be expressed in a variety of ways. Can you be compassionate, forgiving and wise on both sides of the political aisle? Of course. Can both Trump and Hillary supporters be followers of God’s laws? Absolutely.

We are all God’s children, but that does NOT mean as physical beings. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. God does not “see” race, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation. He does not care about money. He does not care who wins the Super Bowl (though he clearly favors the Steelers more than the other teams).

God only sees SPIRIT. Being a “child of God” is a reference to your SOUL, not your body. If you think God would choose a side in our presidential election, I will refer you back to Matthew 16:23.

“You are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

In order for us to heal from all of our societal problems, UNITY is the only answer, and UNITY will only be found in spirituality, not politics. Americans tend to believe that to practice yoga means to be physically flexible, but the actual purpose of yoga is for flexibility of the mind. Indeed, in Sanskrit the definition of yoga is “to unite.”

Your soul needs to be able to touch its toes, not your body. Be flexible in your head. A true spiritual person would try to UNITE the left and the right in their own minds and hearts. That’s correct judgment.

In the oft-quoted Mark 12:17, Jesus said,  “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” That was NOT a political statement, that was a logical statement. While you have a body, you should pay attention to physical things like stopping at red lights and paying taxes when required. But while doing so, obey God’s laws. Be compassionate, forgiving and wise.

Here’s a wonderful challenge by author F. Scott Fitzgerald:  “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

First-rate intelligence? That’s being at peace with BOTH Trump and Hillary.

Jesus certainly would be. Of course, he was focused on God’s laws, not on man’s laws. He was  judging correctly … not by mere appearances.


9 thoughts

  1. Good read, TJ. I agree that Jesus as Christ always knew what he truly was and therefore would know that the purpose of flesh was always teach spirit. I disagree that he wouldn’t have voted, though. I think it’s better to say that he might have voted and he might not have but that the act wouldn’t really matter. I think he would act according to whatever 21st century role he was in, perhaps a republican bus driver, or a lanscaper democrat, or whatever, all the while totally aware that he was here to take on a physical role in order to master his spiritual self and wake up as many people as he could.

    1. I think you are correct, BP. To paraphrase Buddha, voting or not voting WOULD NOT FURTHER. So Jesus may have voted, he may not have voted. Neither way is necessarily spiritual … or not.

      I changed it to MIGHT NOT BOTHER on the Facebook page.

  2. “As he said in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.””

    “Blessed “, they are …
    Or I am .
    Some days that is a harder pill to swallow than others , but those days are becoming fewer and further between .

    I know it’s finding spiritual perfection and ….not physical.
    ….. but at the time ,
    I don’t know if I allow myself to forget ? is it the ego tricking me ?…
    or do I allow myself to get tired ,and let the ego slip in willingly ,
    because that’s what feels “comfy” to my ego self ?
    Some days im spiritually on my game and others not so much… but why?
    I pray and analyze everything I “do and say ” looking for any ego seeping in ….
    I meditate …
    and most of all … I have a knowing inside that I couldn’t possibly put into words for someone . So why does it happen? Why do o slip some days ? Does anyone have an answer ?
    I don’t want to stop living … But at time, simple things like watching a football game seems like a “bad” idea , because I know if im not in the correct mind set….
    That football game turns into the world I seriously care about, and my line of sight on the prize …. “Christ” and “the light” …
    Seems to slip through my fingers ….and I start worrying about ego things like what bills are due …
    or is someone “mad” at me … ?
    4 not making it to there standards or what they want for me …
    or “expect “.

    I don’t know anymore .
    “LOST ”
    Websters Defin of lost …. ” adjective
    unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts.
    “Help! We’re lost!”
    synonyms: off course, off track, disorientated, having lost one’s bearings, going around in circles, adrift, at sea, astray
    “I think we’re lost”
    denoting something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered.
    “if only one could recapture one’s lost youth!”
    synonyms: bygone, past, former, one-time, previous, old, olden, departed, vanished, forgotten, consigned to oblivion, extinct, dead, gone
    “lost traditions””

    Hello ?…. Is that not ego ????

    What ?
    Is that what im allowing myself to sink to ? Honestly … Some days ,…yes .
    I don’t want to admit that , but I know it’s about fearlessly taking a moral inventory …
    Not just of the physical but of the “physical ” I allow to super seed over the spirit . It doesn’t even feel right to type that …
    but this is about honesty and finding my way home . So why do I do i do it ?… Or more importantly …
    What am I missing ?
    I know it’s something but I can’t see it or find it .

    Watching the debate was almost disturbing until I realized it’s all what I needed to experience as well as what the world needs now .
    “What’s forgiveness? Letting a man out of jail or letting suffering out of your heart”

    Questions like this come up all day long and allot of times it’s the answer we come up with that can get us closer or further from our father .
    What takes us further …?
    Worrying about what someone else may think ? That’s what it is for me .
    On daily basis I struggle just to follow the light and not the ego pulling at me . But why ?

    How dare I sit and judge Hillary or Trump ?… It’s all relative . I don’t just think I know ….
    I know the peace of truth …
    so why is it so hard to fight the ego ?
    Tj … When u spoke of Peter …
    God loved him and only wanted what was spiritually best . I know that today but if Tomr is a day I forget ….
    How do I find that truth and stay there ?
    I know its just the ego making me feel ashamed to ask but I know I need to ask other souls searching for the same thing . Peace within ourselves and with our higher power . I won’t be ashamed or scared any more … All I want is to “exit the elevator ”
    Like in revolver . One more day in ego is hell and I don’t want that any more .

    1. That’s perfectly well said, Amara. I sometimes feel the same way, I just usually don’t have the courage to express it like you just did. I’m working on it.

      The days when I’m feeling the spirit and living the truth I know that the next day I might not. I really try to set up habits that make it harder for me to forget like daily reading, calling people and talking, etc. The ego tends to isolate so on days when I wake up and just want to watch the world burn I try to do what I can to make contact with other conscious beings. Usually that’s enough to get me through.

      If you are not seeing spirit, you know that it won’t last forever. Just keep reminding yourself that all states are temporary.

  3. Thanks Brian , I know. Coming in contact with other liked minded people once was a little easier . But such as life .
    These obstacles come and it’s almost like the ego world wants us to fail so they have an excuse to do the same . Im not ok with that though . I know “fear” is ego …
    but sometimes more recently thats what I feel.
    It’s not spiritual or practical it’s just what feels comfortable which is even more scary because it feels so wrong but so ego “right”
    Does that makes sense ?

    Recently other ego/spirits don’t see what I do and pass judgement or fearfully pull away …. When spiritually I feel them more than ever and the confusion . Im trying . I just don’t know how to pull myself out sometimes other than to cry and pray …. And “do” what is peaceful in my heart . The light is truly all we have definitely and that has become completely clear. The “ego” can take many forms and got us from directions would never believe but it’s God . I know it is . Sometimes it just hurts to believe that’s the truth … But “love” isn’t always “sugar plums and gumdrops “.::.. But it is truth and light that takes us home . Thank u for ur words

    1. Jesus wandered in the wilderness, too. The spiritual process includes times when you seem to be alone (from Gospel of Thomas 38: “There will be days when you will seek me and you will not find me”), because reality is a mirror and everyone is projecting their false self ego onto you … and they are decidedly ignorant about it.

      Your challenge is to see the mirror, recognize what’s your reflection and what’s their projection.

      1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.”

      And be sure to perfect your spiritual self by learning how to differentiate which image is which.

      Matthew 7:3 – “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

      This is largely the issue in political dynamics, where EGO voices keep yelling at each other what the proper pathway is … and yet, everyone has their own pathway if they just learned to follow the peace and the light and not their conditioning.

  4. Jesus would have voted his values and yes he would have done his civic duty and voted.
    He would have forgiven HRC (after all HRC asked for forgiveness during her campaign) and voted for her platform of oneness, stronger together, lifting up each other, not destroying the planet, etc. He would have never chosen the Heir Trump with his platform of hate, intolerance, building a wall, deporting illegals, etc. , climate deniers, science deniers.

    1. Thanks so much for this wonderful article, I totally agree! I just wanted to comment to show my appreciation for your post, more people need to think about religion and spirituality this way.

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