Just as the Bible is not a complete and accurate representation of God, modern Christianity is not an accurate representation of Jesus. Perhaps we are wise to consider that as we wade through the issues in the 2012 political season.
Some Christians, in pushing their own agendas, have forgotten what they are all about at the core. Some could be called power hungry and self promoting. Some may have even lost sight of what their earthly objectives are. Mother Theresa, and those who live their lives like her, might have merited his consideration for endorsement. That was the model we lost sight of along the way.
Once in a while, it makes sense to consider Jesus the man. Jesus the man and Jesus the Jew did humanity a great service by introducing themes like hope and help for the needy, the poor, the suffering. He introduced forgiveness. He introduced a way of living that encourages people to live more service-oriented lives while holding onto the vision of heaven in an afterlife. Jews and Christians and even Muslims celebrate his teachings.
A little known fact in our culture is that Muslims celebrate Jesus as a messenger and messiah, and have an entire book in the Quran, known as Sura 19, about Mary, which is more than we Jews and Christians have in our Bible about Mary, the Jewess, the mother of Jesus. Did any of our Christian politicians point that out to our public? What, we have some common ground with Muslims? Indeed.
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