Why Gnostics Shouldn’t Vote Republican

If you are a Gnostic and are thinking of voting for McCain, I should remind you of an important Scripture reference. In the Gospel of Philip 80 it says:

“one must not give help to those who are well off”

This is the translation by Marvin Meyer in The Nag Hammadi Scriptures (HarperOne, 2007) p.182. Other translations render the saying differently, but this wouldn’t be the first time that those reading different translations drew different conclusions about how to put their faith into practice.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08128159006302248607 Thomas

    I’m interested in why you apply this to republicans or McCain in particular. Obama is certainly rich, too, as are all the other democratic candidates that were running.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    I wasn’t thinking of the help given as one’s vote for a particular well off candidate, but each party’s focus in terms of their assistance to the relatively well off or the relatively struggling. Of course, the truth is that all American parties benefit first and foremost Americans, and we’re almost all well off on a global scale.

  • http://www.ragingrev.com Rev. Matt Oxley

    Nice reference….i think if we apply this we should just avoid voting all together…seeing as how politicians in the US have been catering to the needs of the elite for at least the last 100 years…Interesting blog btw, im gonna be checking in often….feel free to check mine out as wellwww.ragingrev.com