In these highly politicized days (and years), it’s important to keep the life of Jesus Christ in its appropriate context, and not hijack his life or teaching for political ends — Republican or Democrat. Louis Moore, a well-known and well-regarded religious journalist in Houston, writes about this topic with grace and insight on his blog.
“So often we Christians try to re-shape Jesus into our image, like the Medieval artists who fashioned the famous artwork that makes Jesus and His disciples look like Venice merchant,” Moore writes, “in Medieval attire, complete with Medieval hairstyles, Medieval clothing, and so forth. American Christian leaders from both the left and the right have become adept at this same slight of hand. Each wants to re-make Jesus to match his or her own personal political preference.
“Who would Jesus have voted for in the presidential primaries just ended? No one, because he would have found registering as either a Democrat or a Republic—a prerequisite for voting in many primaries—to be difficult.”