10 Reasons Jesus Would Never Win The Evangelical Vote

Dr Benjamin L Corey

I find it hard not to like Dr. Benjamin L Corey. He reminds me of all things that I used to be — minus the tattoos, of course. He’s bright, well spoken, loves theology and mission. Moreover, he’s one of those voices calling for the recovery of radical trust in a God of radical grace.

Oh and admit it or not, he’s something of a political junkie. Particularly if one has a heart for justice, I see that as a good thing.

Under the title I borrowed from his recent post over at Patheos, Dr. Corey authored an article which, if amusing, spoke more truth than a humorous article would allow — if humor was meant at all. Raised on that ‘subtle English humour’ thing, I can’t always tell.

At any rate, I’m giving you only his main points. If at all interested, do read Dr. Corey’s article for yourself.

…if Jesus ran for president? Well, I can nearly assure you: He’d never win the Evangelical vote. Here’s 10 reasons why:

10. Jesus was famous for giving away free healthcare.

9. Rich Evangelicals would see him as a divisive candidate who waged class warfare.

8. He threatened those who exclude immigrants and do not help the poor.

7. He told people to pay their taxes.

6. Jesus was known for staging public protests at church.

5. He often resorted to name calling when confronting the popular religious leaders of his day.

4. Jesus would be viewed as anti-death penalty and soft on crime.

3. Jesus’s absurd teaching on enemy love would be seen as a threat to national defense.

2. Jesus rebuked those who were into concealed carry.

1. Instead of “American Exceptionalism” Jesus would spend his campaign talking about a place that is WAY better than America.

It’s always easier to see others’ worldliness and compromise. So perhaps we shouldn’t be too quick to judge our IFB friends. Still, it is curious that we so to claim Jesus for ourselves only to vote against him in November.

Jesus is host at the table where he nourishes and sustains his people. But what does it mean if alien ideologies fatten themselves on the sustenance he gives us? The imagery of a host and parasite comes to mind.

If there is an answer, it might run along the lines that the narrative of the bread broken and the grapes crushed should supplant the civic narratives which compete and too often gain the allegiance of our minds and hearts.