I think this is a great topic and it's understandable that people
who love Jesus
would ponder this at election time.
I have gotten some
interesting insights when considering this question of how Jesus would
vote. In the first place, I don't think Jesus would ever allow his
political position to be known. Jesus fully understood his own power.
One of the greatest powers of all is the power of influence. Knowing
that humans would take the easy path of having Jesus make all of their
decisions for them without thinking these things through for
themselves, I think he would keep his political opinions to himself.
I'm not suggesting that most of us should do that, but I think that the
Pope, for instance, should keep his politics to himself. Religious
leaders should never endorse political candidates; this whole election
has really driven home for me the wisdom of the separation of church
Clearly, Jesus calls us to learn how to think
—not what to think. When we all become adept at independent
cosmic thinking we will naturally come to more Godlike conclusions and
be able to make more Godlike decisions. That is, decisions which create
the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people for the
greatest amount of time.
We know from his life and
teachings that Jesus deliberately avoided making pronouncements on
political issues. The closest he came was "Render unto Caesar the
things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's." We
could write a novel on what he meant by that. But suffice to say, it
doesn't give us much to go on at election time. However, I think we can
look at his life by example and infer some definite qualities to look
for in a leader. Here are some things I have thought of:
These scientific, moral, and
spiritual insights, these cosmic responses, are innate in the cosmic
mind, which endows all will creatures. The experience of living never
fails to develop these three cosmic intuitions; they are constitutive
in the self-consciousness of reflective thinking. But it is sad to
record that so few persons on Urantia take delight in cultivating these
qualities of courageous and independent cosmic thinking. The
Urantia Book, (16:6.9)
honest and sincere. He said what he meant and meant what he said. He
spoke the truth even when the truth hurt. He was loyal to the highest
principals in the highest sense of the word. He would be righteously
indignant of the false and malicious political spin and negativity that
we have become accustomed to.
He was courageous. He was willing
to put himself on the line even to the point of direct contradiction
with the powerful religious rulers of his day.
He was fair. He
never would have thought only of the interest of his people (the Jews) or his nation (Israel). There was no self-interest in him. Everything he did was
for the greatest good for all. From my point of view, the most powerful
man in the world should also be a good world citizen. A true leader
would want to lead mankind, not just America, into a new and better way
of life. As Jesus said,
He was wise. He
understood human nature well enough to know how certain people would
react in certain situations.
"When you once begin to find
God in your soul, presently you will begin to discover him in other
men's souls and eventually in all the creatures and creations of a
mighty universe. But what chance does the Father have to appear as a
God of supreme loyalties and divine ideals in the souls of men who give
little or no time to the thoughtful contemplation of such eternal
He was patient. He waited for the
right time to act and chose his battles and his opportunities very
He was respectful and trusting. He believed in men
because he knew that God is in them. He empowered men to decide and act
and supported the wisdom of the group. When the group made a decision
he honored it.
He was merciful. He understood the human condition
and was forgiving of human frailty. However, he abhorred deliberate
wickedness, he said that more was expected of the Master than of the
servant, and in the end he did not tolerate the corruption of false
He was sympathetic. He had real insight into the human
heart and the human condition. He had real compassion for humanity and
wanted all people to "have life and have it more abundantly."
was truly kind. I don't think he would ever have resorted to harming
anyone or allowing anyone to be harmed. He once said that he would not
defend himself against harm unless he discerned that God was not
present in the person who sought to harm him.
Clearly, we can't
expect a leader, even one with as much power as a US president, to
possess all the wonderful qualities that Jesus did. There were many
powerful men in Jesus day that had no respect for Jesus and thought him
foolish and weak. There are many powerful people today, even those who
profess to follow Jesus, who would never endorse his non resistant and
non violent ways. Many who think that, although Jesus ideals are truly
good, they're not practical and they won't work.
Sadly, at this
point in time, we are stuck with the reality of always having to choose
between the "lesser of two evils." That is, two mortals who are
anything but perfect. We can take the easy way out and vote along party
lines, trusting that at least our basic political philosophies will be
upheld, or we can look at each candidate and try to discern their true