In One Eye

Saturday, October 08, 2005
 
Readers of this blog know that I occasionally take the Bushies to task for their nominal embracing of the Christian faith while adopting policies that are anything but Christian. Yesterday in Salon.com, Alessandro Camon directly addressed this duplicity better than I've ever seen it described. (Although this phenomenon is the raison d'etre of Jesus's General's blog, JC Christian addresses the issue in a much more ironic fashion.) Viz.,
The administration's lethargic and callous response to the call after Hurricane Katrina, just like the president's coldheartedness toward Cindy Sheehan, suggests that the people who govern us are as willing to invoke Jesus as their guide, their inspiration, even their "favorite philosopher," as they are firmly unwilling to behave anything like Jesus.

"What would Jesus do?" has been a favorite slogan of the Christian right. It's a rhetorical question, meant to display lofty concerns and stake the high ground. It's not meant to be answered; in fact it's usually not even asked in relation to the things Jesus cared about.

It's time to put that question to better use.

Should a nation rush into an unprovoked war whose justification is weak at best, and fraudulent at worst? What would Jesus do?

A mother mourning the death of her son in that war asks for a chance to speak to the president about her grief, and to have her questions answered. What would Jesus do?

Thousands of men, women and children are left behind in the flood with no food, drinkable water or medical aid. What would Jesus do?

Would Jesus rush to war, or neglect to interrupt his vacation to meet the mother of a dead soldier, or abandon the people of a ravaged city? Would he promote tax breaks for the rich, undercut education, support the death penalty?
I know that the article is for subscribers (thanks once again, Sonocle), but it's worth getting a free one-day subscription to read the entire piece.