Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name

Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church:

It’s time to STOP:

  1. Using faith, Jesus and the Bible as a political platform;
  2. Cherry-picking from the Gospel based on what polls well;
  3. Claiming Jesus would be so myopic to identify with either of our major political parties;
  4. Calling yourself a Christian politician while also allowing denigrating, dirty political campaigning to continue unchecked;
  5. Suggesting either Romney or Obama isn’t Christian. Who are you to decide who’s a Christian?
  6. Using churches to coerce people into voting one way or another;
  7. Assuming that all Christians automatically, mindlessly vote for one political party;
  8. Condescending to other Christians if they don’t vote the same way you do;
  9. Treating the denial of equal human rights as a secondary moral issue;
  10. Claiming that America is a Christian nation or that we’re somehow favored by God over others. Claims like that are why we’re mocked and reviled around the world.

About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, and Hachette published his first hardcover book, "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" in 2014. His first novel, "Blood Doctrine," has been optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible TV series.

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  • Leigh Ann

    Will this sermon be on the web somewhere?

    • Christian Piatt

      I don’t know that it’s actually a sermon title. I just made up the list myself :-)

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  • Derek

    I’m a conservative, and people of my political alignment are more guilty of these sorts of things than those of other alignments, but I for one agree with this 100%.

  • Liesl L. Gray

    I consider having “In God we trust” on our money the highest form of blasphemy and blatant breaking of the commandment against taking God’s name in vain. We don’t trust in God; we trust in money, Wall Street, Super PACs, etc. It disgusts me.

    • SamHamilton

      Perhaps it’s an aspiration rather than a statement of fact…

  • Paul Svenson

    11. Using Christianity (or any religion) as a basis for creating laws in our secularly-founded country with our explicitly secular constitution
    12. Using religion to pander to voters.
    13. Ironically using Christianity to push back agains some invisible boogie monster called “Sharia Law”
    14. Using science-denying fundamentalist Christianity as a basis for legislating curriculum for public schools and text books.

    I could go on and on. Thanks for posting this C.

    • Emily Wilson Sills

      I agree with most of your points, but “Sharia Law” is not an invisible boogie monster. It’s a very real threat. Start paying attention to the president of Iran’s speeches as he believes he is appointed to hasten the arrival of the 12th imam thru instigating global war and blood shed. What better way to do that except with nuclear weapons? Egypt is currently opting for Sharia Law and joining Iran in an attempt to use nuclear weapons. Be very afraid as they believe the destruction of America and Israel is imminent and foretold by god. And from their perspective, if god is on their side and we are in the ‘last days’ why should sanctions (which merely harm citizens) stop them from achieving their religious goals?

  • Natalie Renee Stewart

    Great list! I would add – It’s also time to stop claiming that the POTUS is the ‘antichrist’. Even if he really was (and I don’t believe he is), voting him out wouldn’t matter. One way or another prophecy has to come to passed. Reading (the bible) is fundamental.

  • Tara Porter-Livesay

    good list. thanks for it.

  • Jack

    With the exception of #5, I largely agree. I’d want some specific clarity on #9 before I’d say “yes and amen” to it. If you’re talking about equality for women and ethnic groups, then great. If you’re talking homosexual marriage, then no.