Why Christian Americans|
( and all other citizens who value morality)
belong in the Democratic Party
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Introduction and Overview :
People sometimes ask which political party Jesus or God would belong to, if he were a U.S. citizen. That's not just a purely hypothetical question. Because no one anticipates that either Jesus nor God is ever going to become an American citizen and be asked how they want to register to vote, it's pointless to ask how they would vote. What is pertinent "people of faith" to ask is what Jesus and/or God may think about the human conditions in our various times and places and how they might want their followers to impact those conditions. For anyone who imagines that Jesus was or would be "above politics", we urge the reading of Jesus&politics.html, where I address that very issue in depth.
Teddy Roosevelt was another great "Republican" President, whom Jesus might well have recognized as a man after his own heart. Not only did he fight to preserve vast areas of the country from those who were bent on exploiting the public's land, water and air for their own selfish gain, but he also fought on behalf of oppressed working people for many of the reasons that would later be embraced by the Democratic Party under his even more liberal cousins, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
If there is a just and holy God, there will never be a political party anywhere that will rate a perfect score from him (or her), simply because it's impossible to make a perfect whole out of imperfect parts. So long as political parties, and other human institutions – including churches – have to draw their membership and leaders from the pool of defective human beings, there is no way that they can even approach perfection. ( In this connection, Southern Baptists are convinced that Roman Catholics are deluded for believing that they are "God's one and only true church". And Roman Catholics are convinced that Southern Baptists are deluded for believing that their's is the only correct road to salvation. The rest of mankind knows that the Baptists and Catholics are both right: they are indeed both deluded! )
Why true Christians and the Democratic Party are a good fit :
When Jesus said "By their fruits, you will know them!" he meant that people manifest their true character, not by what they say or "profess", but by what they do. Political parties being nothing but groups of people organized for public purposes should likewise be judged by the public policies which they promote and pursue. If actions do indeed speak louder than words, then the record below makes it abundantly clear which of America's two major parties has been acting "under the influence" of the Bible's teaching, and which has not.
( If you have trouble with "mixing religion and politics", before going any further on this page, we urge you to read "They say that Religion & Politics don't mix.")
" If your brother becomes poor, you are responsible to help him; invite him to live with you as a guest in your home. Fear your God and let your brother live with you; and don't charge him interest on money you lend him. Remember – no interest; and give him what he needs, at your cost: don't try to make a profit! "
Far from blaming the victims of poverty and the like for their plight, as Conservatives tend to do, the great prophets of the bible usually blame those with power over the weak for those ills and expect the community as a whole to redress what they perceive as injustices.
"Never oppress a poor hired man, whether a fellow Israelite or a foreigner living in your town. Pay him his wage each day before sunset, for since he is poor he needs it right away; otherwise he may cry out to the Lord against you and it would be counted as a sin against you."
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