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Watered Down Jesus

When I try to explain that I’m neither a Republican/Conservative nor a Democrat/Liberal, people either don’t believe me or get confused.  Surely, people say you, must be one or the other.  No, I don’t and you don’t either.  It’s not required.  I checked the Constitution, the Bible and a few other texts, one of which I won’t mention, as I don’t want to offend anyone.  It is not written anywhere that you must be part of some political ideology.  And, please, don’t call me Shirley.

Now since it seems that most everyone has chosen up sides along these lines and since I haven’t, an explanation is required.  Fair enough.  It’s real simple.  Political ideologies in America from what I can see, are simply watered down Jesus.

For the Republican/Conservatives it’s the Protestant ethic.  Now this is a very, generalized version for brevity purposes but Protestants believe you can’t buy or beg your way into heaven.  So how do we know who is saved?  Well people who are hardworking self-reliant, successful, frugal and temperate are obviously saved.  Think the Bushes here in comportment if nothing else.  For the rest of you heathens, well I’m sorry to have to tell you, you’re going to hell, if you’re not already there.

For the Democrat/Liberal it’s all Matthew 25.31-46.  Jesus tells the multitude that they’ll wind up in heaven because when he was thirsty, they gave him water, when, he was a stranger they took him in, they visited in him in Prison yada, yada you know the story.  Of course the question is when did, they do all of this and the answer was “’Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  And, if you don’t care about the poor, the downtrodden, the outcasts of society or care enough, well sorry to report again, that hell is coming and soon too.

Now my religious/faith journey has been a long one, too long to go into here but if I want Jesus, I go to Mass or I just kneel down in Church.  There’s a lot of Jesus there.  And, it’s quiet too.  You can think.  Unlike the Mass Hysteria where the various Talking Heads preach their watered down versions of Jesus at you, on a daily basis.  You wind up either getting angry or scared or both.  In Church it’s nice and quiet, even peaceful and I think that’s what Jesus is about.  But I could be wrong, as I’m wrong at least once a day.

But this is why the Talking Heads scream so much.  Neither side is using logic, reason or common sense.  Its people’s belief systems on display, chock full of all their emotions and they are preaching them to you, almost like they are Evangelicals.  Why?  For the greater good of course.  And, their version will of course get you there.  And, the other guy’s version…  Well that’s the road to perdition.  And, if you even listen to them or God forbid vote for them, well the whole country will go the hell along with them.

Now why do I call it watered down Jesus?  Well with Jesus you get eternal life.  With these political ideologies you get…  I give up too.

What we seem to have been getting are a bunch of incompetent and/or corrupt elected officials.  I wonder if we’ve grasped the idea of representative government.  What we should be doing is judging whether candidates can do the job, once elected.  So if we elect somebody and they do a good, job great.  If not, we should just vote them out.  But that doesn’t seem to be what happens.  It seems that we’re locked in the same old argument over who is saved and who is going to hell.

Maybe we’re all headed for the same place and maybe we’re already there.

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11 comments to Watered Down Jesus

  • Hi Don,

    Well, a couple observations here. Not all Protestants believe in predestination, only those in the “Calvinist” tradition. However, your religious template on politics does have a basis–see my Pebble # 34 on the musings of the venerable sage Clarence D. on same (you didn’t borrow that from him, did you? ):
    There is another alternative–the libertarians. But not this clown who is representing them this go around. I’m with you, however, on simply finding a quiet place to meditate on the Almighty. If you’re Catholic, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel will mean something. Although I never converted, I seek its benefits often (my dear Dee is Catholic).

    Hang in there and may you survive the debates tonight–just turn away when it gets too sickening! Ha.


  • Don Frankel

    I don’t remember reading this one but Clarence D does strike a chord. We diverge slightly in the wood but he’s a lot funnier. Also I’m using the New Testament and he’s using the Ten Commandments but it just shows how certain minds think alike. We’ve both come to the conclusion that political ideologues are using the deep, deep connections that religions make in people. I’m not saying it’s done by design just something that has evolved. But definitely something that is manipulated.

    I know the Calvinism has the predestined belief. I’m trying to encapsulate it all in a paragraph. Maybe I’ll try an edit at some point.

  • Richard,

    What a hoot! I’d never seen that one, or that particular rendition of Jesus either. Good. Really good.


  • Don Frankel

    Richard the IVth, I remember camouflage Jesus fondly. Guess you went to Luke 22.36 for inspiration.

    “Then said he unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his bag: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”

    I wonder why everyone seems to forget that one?

  • Don, I think you’ve pretty much nailed it with this post (no offense intended, Jesus). But I think your statement that “What we should be doing is judging whether candidates can do the job” reveals your (long-standing) support of Her Hillaryness, because for all her faults, she is the best qualified to do the job. Of course, like you I could be wrong, although (unlike you) I may skip a day on occasion (ha ha).

  • Nobody likes to think about naked swordsmen is why, Sir Don. As for DSCJ, he sits on the bookshelf, by my right shoulder, every day. My other icon, Bobblehead Barack Obama, has somehow been relegated to the shelf above the dryer. His will be done!

    For those of you who miss my wisdom, here’s my most recent http://www.richardcahill.net/home/obama-admits-inventing-racism

  • Don Frankel

    Muse, I hate to say this because I’ll sound like an old fart longing for the good ole days but neither of these candidates could even think of running for President in the 50’s or the 60’s. And, that has nothing to do with HerHillaryness’s gender. Being a one term Senator and a one term Sec of State would just not meet the standards.

  • Don Frankel

    Richard the IVth, copy and then paste. You don’t have to have the link do you?

    Messiahs have come and gone and a lot of them wound up in places a lot worse than the shelf above the dryer.

    One of your commentators on your site was wrong though. It was George W Bush who started the Civil War. If you don’t believe me just goolge President Pierce and see who’s picture that really is.

  • I don’t understand the question, Sir Don. And I don’t think Obama will be viewed as the Messiah until we’re at least three weeks into the Trump Administration.

  • Don Frankel

    Thanks for coming aboard Happy. But I think that’s German you’re typing in and I don’t understand. Sorry.

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