Why do we need a Jesus candidate?
Are we going to elect a Pope or Bishop as President of the United States of America this coming November? I would not be so concerned about some of the selfish evangelical rhetoric that Rick Santorum spouts, except that his poll numbers are so close to Mitt Romney’s, that it appears that America has lost something very dear, the BIG picture of what this country is all about. Whether it is media hype or skewed pollsters makes no difference. Rick Santorum has gathered a base of seriously selfish, radical people who call themselves Christians and everyone else “HEATHENS”. These radicals have the gall to call themselves “CONSERVATIVES! What an insult to the Grand Old Party.
Santorum’s followers want to impose a theological twist to everything from social laws to public education. What makes evangelicals so special is that they want to quote a mythical American version of Jesus, as described by political factions that need to control how and what people think. They are usually successful because their followers either do not want to fact check for themselves or are unable to do their own research. Some of them actually say that it is sacrilegious to question the words of Jesus, or the words of GOD! These same people actually believe politicians who claim that GOD has spoken to them, given them advice or told them things.
Santorum has made it very clear what he wants to do with America … with or without Congress. Santorum represents the will of an American Minority. However, he has expressed his belief that another crusade against Islamic countries is perfectly OK. Santorum makes it clear he can happily exclude a great portion of the American Public by imposing the narrow rules dictated by his interpretation of what Jesus may or may not have wanted, regardless of the millennium we currently occupy.
The earth is a very different place than it was when Jesus walked the earth. Christians cannot even agree among themselves about interpreting the contents of the written accounts of the way things were in Jesus time. The bible American Christians (not Catholics) use has been edited so many times, that it takes serious religious scholars to find out what actually happened back then. The whole debacle of Apocalypse is a contrivance between the 1200s to the 1500s and added to intimidate followers..
The 2012 US Presidential campaign is turning out to be a platform for religions. What difference does it make what religion our President is? Where does the US Constitution mention that a religion is a requirement for a Presidential Candidate?
American Founding Fathers were raised in a culture that depended on the Bible translation endorsed by the Church of England. And they rebelled. They made sure the United States Constitution would not impose any specific religious requirement on Americans or their representatives. The responsibilities of Citizenship was more critical than religion. This is what set America apart from it’s European roots. The Founding Fathers did not ever want to have it’s future dictated by anyone’s dogma, even though several would have endorsed the idea, they realized it could doom the American Experiment into a dictatorship instead of a Democracy.
Modern day Evangelicals and other Christian sects have morphed their words from the highly edited King James English Translation of previous Christian Bible publications. Western Culture has so removed itself from the origins of Christianity, that the hypocrasy they spout would be laughable. The words and history of Bible writers, hundreds of years after Jesus died, have been used to control whole populations by imposing restrictions on their behavior. The Bible these special people use was translated by committee to remove undesirable parts, to make King James happy. King James, himself, was illiterate and had to rely on consultants.
WIKI: The Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Version, King James Bible or KJV, is an English translation of the Christian Bible by the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. First printed by the King’s PrinterRobert Barker, this was the third official translation into English; the first having been the Great Bible commissioned by the Church of England in the reign of King Henry VIII, and the second was the Bishop’s Bible of 1568. In January 1604, King James I of England convened the Hampton Court Conference where a new English version was conceived in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations as detected by the Puritans, a faction within the Church of England.
The King james Version of the Christian Bible is the least accurate of all “Mainstream” Christian writings.
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Quote: “Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?” (Santorum’s Philadelphia Inquirer column, Dec. 20, 2007)
Santorum, a champion for social conservative issues, is the latest to weigh in on the contentious question, should Christians support a Mormon candidate for president.
Evangelical journalist Warren Cole Smith unequivocally says no. Last month, he wrote on Patheos.com “a vote for [Mitt] Romney is a vote for the LDS Church.”
The 53-year-old Catholic appeared before evangelical voters at the Faith and Freedom Conference this past weekend, alongside other GOP contenders. Like the other candidates, he emphasized his conservative stances on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
As soon as the conservative ex-senator stepped into the national spotlight, critics began attacking Santorum’s long history of odd claims and far-right beliefs
Jewish groups slammed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday, January 7, 2012, for telling listeners of a Boston radio show that “we always need a Jesus guy” in the campaign.
Santorum: “We always need a Jesus candidate”
Santorum: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.” (South Carolina campaign stop, Feb. 22, 2011)
Santorum: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” And also, “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
Santorum: “there are no classes in America.” Using the term “middle class” means they “buy into the class warfare arguments of Barack Obama…something that should not be part of the Republican lexicon.” (Twitter sage JSmooth995 clarified that in fact “everybody knows the term ‘middle class’ was invented by Bill Ayers and Obama just takes credit.”
Santorum: “All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.’ This is Israeli land.” (Campaign stop in Iowa, Nov. 18, 2011)
Santorum: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” (Speaking with CaffeinatedThoughts.com, Oct. 18, 2011)
Santorum: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” (Campaign stop in Iowa, Jan. 2, 2012)
The list of defining quotes is endless. Just Google or Bing “Rick Santorum Christian Quotes” and imagine your own life under the social rules described by this Presidential wannabe. If you are a real Christian, you should be appalled by the things being said and done using the name of Jesus as a excuse or justification. If you have any idea who the real Jesus was and what he was really trying to say, please compare the rhetoric with today’s politicians.
The most important Jesus quotes I can give you is:
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
“You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)
If you read the words of Jesus closely, he addresses each one of our personal souls and not speak about imposing your beliefs on anyone else, but making the word available for those who ask. Jesus never asserted “Group Think”. Jesus never spoke about a world of hypocritical robots. His most important message is about the deeds each of us does, not the words spat from our mouths.