Friday, September 12, 2008

Jesus, a community organizer?

I don't know about you but I'm a little tired of all the offense both political parties pretend to take at dumb, stupid comments. Gender, race, ethnic and religious smears are actually quite rare in the arena of national politics regardless of what you hear on the news.

I'm sure you have likely heard the latest that "Jesus was a community organizer". The idea, I guess, was to counter the Sarah Palin’s comment that a small-town mayor was “sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”
There isn't anything wrong about being a community organizer. The best of them should feel a great sense of calling and personal satisfaction in taking on tough political issues, marching on city hall and demanding that people don't fall through the cracks. It’s good that these people are making a contribution in dealing with issues like homelessness or poverty.

I have to come clean and let you know that I was a little concerned at the acceptance of the comparison of Jesus to a community organizer. It's difficult, with even a rudimentary familiarity with the New Testament, to suggest a comparison. This type of generalization is unfortunately typical for many who want to reduce the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to some insignificant political work or contemporary figure.
Even the cry, "Jesus was a radical" (which I happen to like), reduces the uniqueness of the Son of God to a bumper sticker or political slogan.

Jesus didn't organize a community. Jesus came to die and in dying, save humanity from the curse of sin. Jesus didn't ask the government or others to solve any problems; he chose to become the solution. Jesus didn't rebel against the governing authority, he submitted to it, even to the point of a horrible death on the cross.
Perhaps, those that are so interested in this upcoming election should stick to comparing the various candidates, issues and resumes to more relevant and more contemporary political figures.

Jesus is unique, matchless and wonderful. There are no comparisons.

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