NOT MY JESUS

As far back as the 2000 election of G.W. Bush (and really even before that), I heard people use the slogan “Not my president.”  It made sense – to a large extent.  The majority of Americans voted for Al Gore, but due to the rules put in place before hand, the popular vote was edged out by that of the “electoral college.”  Thus, despite the previously agreed upon rules for elections, the sense of fairness and the will of the people were not observed.

Who knew how bad that could erode?

But using the slogan “Not my president,” was largely just a sentiment, possibly ceremonial in some venues.  It didn’t have teeth.

But then it happened again in 2016.

Again, the slogan was trotted out, and again it was largely a matter of sentiment.

It wasn’t the previously agreed upon rules that gave us the next ring of hell we call the 2020 election.  No.  That was just Donald Trump.  But that old familiar dread and disgust with election results resurfaced, only this time it switched parties.  And no longer was this just a sore loser’s sentiment, but a sore loser’s rebellion.

“Not my president” suddenly grew teeth.

The last two years have not resolved this mess, but the divide has deepened, and sadly the American church (evangelicals particularly) are there pounding the wedge through our society for all we are worth.  The fires of this hell have now taken hold of the Supreme Court and started churning out all manner of fresh sewage and division – in Jesus’s name!

I can only speak as a “resident alien” in this power-grab culture.  I accepted G.W. as my president, and though I really didn’t like either option in the 2016 election, I prepared my soul to accept Hillary and then like so many whiplashed at the last moment and accepted Trump instead.  I didn’t even particularly like Joe Biden, though I felt relieved to see milquetoast would be my president after the Trump years!  But as a devoted disciple of Christ, I can tell you the “Jesus” you find driving wedges and grabbing at power in Hell Fest 2022 is not my Jesus!

If you feel the same as me, please leave me a comment.  Type “Not my Jesus” in the comment box and tell the world.

Thanx

5 comments

  1. Anonymous · June 30

    I don’t think Jesus who gave the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, 6, and 7 and was crucified on the cross to save us from our sins would be on either side.

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  2. Agent X · June 30

    At the risk of confusing things with the word “liberal” in the quote below, allow me to take a page from C. Leonard Allen.

    “[W]hen Christian faith becomes (unofficially) established in a liberal society a [value-neutral] dissipation occurs. Jesus’ vision of the good gets reshaped or pre-empted by the liberal vision of tolerating competing goods. Liberal notions of freedom, rather than faithfulness to the cruciform way of Jesus, begin to define Christians’ dominant standards.* Good citizenship in the liberal state tends to define good citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Christians learn to pursue their own desires rather than to curtail their desires for the sake of life in community. They get shaped more by capitalism’s desire for acquisition rather than by Christ’s call for contentment with little. State use of power and violence readily sets the standard for Christian sanction of power and violence. The gospel, in short, is domesticated and Jesus’ Lordship compromised.”

    Quoted from Things Unseen by C.L. Allen pages 162-163. *footnote in the quote credited to Max Stackhouse.

    The essay ostensibly deals with the reestablishment in the church of our “language of eschaton.” It opens dealing with living in a post-constantinian world of officially joined church and state and the much later official separation. The culture is watering down Christ and remaking him in our image rather than being made in his.

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  3. HAT · June 30

    Our church book group has just started reading a book called *How to Have an Enemy* by Melissa Florer-Bixler. It’s turning out to be an amazing book. Here’s what she says about Jesus in chapter 1 (I quote at length):

    “It is Jesus who establishes accountability without punishment and justice without coercion. Jesus’ refusal to engage or reform a regime of coercion is a shock to those around him. He has little patience for those who limit the possibility of transformation. He is intolerant of righteousness that places a burden on the poor. He astonishes his followers with interpretations of the law that are impossible to uphold. And through this ministry Jesus disrupts and reimagines the social and political order.

    “Jesus does not take time to understand the position of the teachers of the law. He shows no interest in cultivating empathy for Roman officials. He stands silent before Pilate’s attempt to discover a reason to set Jesus free. Jesus refuses to lure anyone in or to convince them of his position. He heals and teaches, invites and shares meals among those who already bear within them the reign of God. He becomes a new creation, and he invites those who wish to join it to leave behind their old lives and follow him.” (page 33)

    Florer-Bixler’s Jesus, the gospels’ Jesus, my Jesus.

    [An aside: the first time I personally saw a sign that said “not my president” was on a neighbor’s lawn here in town in 2008.]

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    • Agent X · June 30

      Thanx, HAT. You got me thinking again.

      This segment of your comment especially has me chewing on things:

      Jesus refuses to lure anyone in or to convince them of his position. He heals and teaches, invites and shares meals

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