New Jersey US Senate Special Election: The Party of Jesus

I believe that we vote on the beliefs and premises that our candidates will take. We know they can’t keep promises for tangible courses of events but they should keep to the thought process and character integrity that they advocate during an election. In other words we vote by matching their opinions versus our own opinion.

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Today is my state’s special United States Senate election to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of our Senator Frank Lautenberg. Consequently, Lautenberg’s position falls into Class 2 of the United States Senate so whomever wins today will have to run again next year in November 2014. I believe that we vote on the beliefs and premises that our candidates will take. We know they can’t keep promises for tangible courses of events but they should keep to the thought process and character integrity that they advocate during an election. In other words we vote by matching their opinions versus our own opinion.

The Christian’s Political Opinion
The intersection of politics and religion is an incredibly sensitive topic. Within the scope of Christianity it’s even more hotly debated and comments are made like: “You can’t be real Christian and vote for ________”. Where you can fill in the blank with a noun from the category of the candidate’s name or the political party itself. Within the past few years the Republican party has historically aligned itself with Christian voters since it’s candidates are usually pro-life and for traditional marriage. But was that all Jesus was about? The truth is that neither party makes Biblical stances against all issues. Christians are then forced to rank the truth of the Bible and or use a weighted approach and see which candidate computes a higher Biblical score. Does God rank his truth?:

“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19, NKJV)

“For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it.” (James 2:10, AMP)

Every single commandment and truth that God spoke to us is equally important. There is no hierarchy of sins and no political issue that weighs heavier than the rest. The Christian’s opinion should be non-compromising and reflect the total truth of salvation and character of Jesus:

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:6, ESV)

What would Jesus do?
The party of Jesus does not exist in America. Many Christians would like for it to exist, yet we can’t come together and make it happen. The Jesus party is threatening to some and hope for others. Some Christians believe such a party would mix church and state and cause a Christian theocracy. However I see such a party as being like any other political party that operates within the framework of the US Constitution. The Jesus Party is simply a coalition of politicians who have the following stances on popular issues:

  • Pro Life (Psalm 127:3, Jeremiah 1:5, Genesis 25:22)
  • Pro Traditional Marriage (Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-23)
  • Pro Social programs including affordable health care (Isaiah 58, James 1:27, Matthew 25:35, Proverbs 28:27, 1 John 3:17-18,Romans 12:20, Acts 4:32)
  • Fiscally Conservative (Romans 13:6-8)
  • Pro Environment (Genesis 2:15, Psalm 24:1)

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Voting in the NJ US Senate Special Election
What then shall we never vote? No, we must vote. Until the Party of Jesus arises I will continue to apply my weighted algorithm. Where I choose the candidate that takes the most Biblical stances. Based on information from Cory Booker’s website and Steve Lonegan’s website, I will vote for Steve Lonegan. Moreover I will pray for whomever wins:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, NKJV)

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5 thoughts on “New Jersey US Senate Special Election: The Party of Jesus

  1. Interesting and well articulated!
    To the question “What would Jesus do?” — we can simply refer to what he did.

    His position was clear throughout his life. He was politically neutral, and came to serve people from “all Nations”.
    I am always very surprised at how political many Christians are. Clearly, the first Christians abstained from office, and were known for their political neutrality for at least a century after Jesus’ death. Makes sense really, if one has “voted” for Christ’s Kingdom, voting for his declared enemies (see Revelation) would simply be treason.

    1 John 2:15 commands, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”
    Politics are without fail the “core” of this world. When I was a Christian, I did abide to that neutrality (still do, but for philosophical reasons now).
    Obedience to the Authorities (as Christians are compelled to Biblically) does not mean supporting them (as they are instructed not to be part of).

    Just sayin’, there will never be a political human party of Christ. His words forbid it.
    If Jesus was on Earth today, what flag would he salute? None. He has his own Kingdom… all the others are working against him. It would be like supporting a tyranny like Hitler’s while trying to push Jewish-friendly laws. It makes no sense.

    * Please bear in mind that this is an intellectual exercise for me, and I am a believer no more.

    • Hey Vince. Thanks for posting. Especially since I haven’t been active in blogging on my own blog. But I actively read and post comments on blogs I follow like Sifting Reality. I will begin posting again soon.

      I would agree that the early Church believers were the equivalent of itinirate evangelists that do crusades today. A common thread is that they abandoned their professions to travel and perform ministry.

      But as they fulfilled their callings God used them to convict others who kept their profession. They preached to everyone. Including politicians. Therefore you will always have Christians in many career paths including the government. In Acts 24 Paul clearly had some effect on Governer Felix. The NKJV (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ACTS%2024&version=NKJV) stated that he procrastinated and kept talking to Paul. There isn’t a clear profession of Christ but it shows the fact that people can stay in their profession and become Christians. Not everyone converted will travel and preach.

      My point is you will have Christian politicians. They are simply Christians who happen to be politicians. Just I am a Christian that happens to be a Software Engineer. Because our faith and profession are not mutually exclusive, I dare say that part of God’s will is what he wants us to do for a living. Part of the problem with the church is that “clergy” is now only associated with ordained ministers who have a master’s in divinity. The Bible says that we are all priests and in fact in the Bible the calling and performance of a duty happened before the ordination. It wasn’t a degree that validated, it was an anointing from God clearly evident to everyone.

      Now you give me an idea to write about Christians in all careers.

  2. Thanks for responding zanspence.

    Yes, it is true that there are Christians in all career paths. I also agree that preaching was not limited to ordained ministers with a masters. (Love the expression “masters in divinity” — hehe.)

    I do however see a contradiction in using politics to promote Jesus and Christianity. Clearly, Jesus would not have allowed that — allowed partisanship to be precise. He was not a nationalist either — quite the contrary — and to be a political leader demands by definition a nationalistic approach. Do you see my problem. Politics is not just a job, it’s a call to governing… hence my point above about the governments of this world and the Kingdom of Christ.

    I do get your point though.

    • Okay I get your point too. I believe the Republican party leveraged the “Evangelical” (I use that term in the socio-political sense since every Christians should evangelize) vote to gain power during most of the last decade with our former President Bush. David Kuo (may he rest in peace) wrote about this in Tempting Faith he was the deputy director of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives and he saw that donors were quick to donate money for campaigns but slow on donating for the poor.

      However the constitution could’ve only been birthed from a Judeo-Christian framework. The irony is that the founding fathers didn’t apply it to, how they put it, “all men”. But you will see that in Christianity. We messengers are flawed but the message is good. The truth is that we we have to stand on the message on our own and the security of our faith isn’t based on the walk of others.

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