Why I voted for Jesus instead of Obama in the primary

Why I voted for Jesus instead of Obama in the primary…

Because, obviously, President Obama is uncontested during the primary election so nothing is actually on the line by writing in a candidate like Jesus.

Because as a registered Independent, I’m not allowed to vote in the Republican primary contest.

Because, Jesus is the only president (King) worth voting for, not just in a ballot box, but every day of my life.

Because although President Obama’s rhetoric is less militant than the Republican Right, his actions these past four years have proven otherwise.

Because Jesus is the only just Ruler, not only of America, but of the entire cosmos.

Because I wanted to make a statement about my ultimate allegiance.

Because I’m becoming less and less convinced that participating in the system actually produces any measurable results.

Because left and right are both mirages clouded by media hype, the demonizing of the other, empty promises, and mere parodies of a just society under the rule of Christ.

Because I sometimes need a tangible reminder that the politics of Jesus ought to be part of my life and the lives of those I’m in community with – both now and in my church planting project to come.

Because Jesus as President requires that I live a certain way, that I become a certain kind of person, transformed by his Spirit to become the kind of good I desire to see in this world. Politics of the American Empire require marking a ballot every other year and arguing endlessly on the internet about policies I have very little influence over.

Because I always vote for the “lesser of two evils” in the presidential election, and presented with only “one evil” I felt it necessary to seek the better alternative… in this case, an alternative that overcomes all evil: Christ.

Because… I wish to remind my friends on any end of the political spectrum that we must always speak the truth in love to power, even if we agree with some of what it represents.

And finally, because I pray that all of my sisters and brothers will “seek first the Kingdom of God and his justice” realizing that all nations are under the influence of Satan in this present age, even the United States. Therefore, lets do what we can to influence the system, but not waste our lives on a utopian dream that simply having more or less government will solve the world’s ills. Our nation, like every other nation, is founded on self-interest, the opposite of our King who founded his Kingdom on self-giving Calvary-like love.

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Obviously, I’m influenced by a number of things, including Jesus for President by Claiborne and Haw.

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PS – To be clear, I didn’t go to the voting booth just so I could write in “Jesus” on a ballot. I went because I wanted to vote for propositions and other issues, the president thing was incidental.

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  • http://twitter.com/chlorineyes Chris Law

    As someone from a South East Asian nation riddled with corruption, the convenience of democracy is kind of lost on me. That being said, I don’t feel any particular urge to fight for democracy, because I don’t believe the Kingdom of God is a democracy anyway. That does not mean it’s not political. We’re a generation who have never experienced submitting to a throne, pledging loyalty to a king, and so there’s no imagery that can capture our hearts quite enough when we attempt to say “Jesus is King!” (as opposed to “Caesar Victor!” or something).

    Love reading your thoughts Kurt! Especially resonate with you on needing tangible reminders of the politics of Christ. Actually had this conversation with my dad a few weeks back, trying to explain that when one proclaims that “Jesus is Lord”, it means (maybe in theory for now) that they adhere to the policies of Christ, in how they ought to treat the orphan, the widow, the refugees etc., and that some (if not all) governments might consider Christianity (in that sense) a threat is unsurprising. 

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       @twitter-38617923:disqus excellent observations. I enjoyed this comment and your encouragement. May we both continue to proclaim “Jesus is Lord” and implement a way of life that reminds folks of how they “ought to treat the orphan, the widow, the refugees etc.”

  • http://transformingseminarian.blogspot.com Mark Baker-Wright

    Well, I suppose that puts a different spin on the whole “Obama is not the Messiah” mantra we kept hearing about during the previous election.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       True, true.

  • http://churchlandia.com/ Scott Peterson

    I was just about to write basically the same post!  You beat me! *sadface*

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       Hahaha! great minds think alike @f737129e2d7ed2524879b4d646eb2f80:disqus

  • Pemidpac2

    Great post.  The question is…will you vote for Jesus in the General Election as well?

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       @94de7d305a3aaa87f68c0ae3007b964f:disqus … that is the question of questions. Still wrestling with what I will do. I traditionally vote progressive but am becoming more anarchical in my political philosophy… well, more Christ-Archial I should say. Not sure what I will end up doing in the end, but if I vote for an American candidate it will be for the “lesser evil” when it comes to suffering and the poor.

      • Pemidpac2

        Yeah, I think Christarchy – the rule of Christ – is a better term than Anarchy – which is the absence of a ruler or rules.

  • http://twitter.com/j_m_hildebrandt Jason M Hildebrandt

    We need to remember that the lesser of two evils is still… evil.

    • jdm8

      There’s such a thing as taking an expression too literally.  “lesser of two evils” is just an expression, there are very few politicians in the US that I would consider to be evil.

  • jdm8

    I don’t understand how they let you vote Democratic, but not Republican, because of your Independent status.

    I think your post seems to ignore the fact that the United States is a secular republic, not some kind of theocratic monarchy.

    • M Shover

      I think your comment seems to ignore the fact that we actually live in a cleptocratic polyarchy, and that Jesus is Lord of the whole creation, not just some spiritualized church.

      • jdm8

        My point being is that religion and politics are a dangerous combination.  Folks willing to do this sort of thing, in general (though Kurt seems more enlightened) are willing or accepting of using government resources to push their religion onto the population.

  • CORKY RILEY

    Wow Kurt, I had a flood of thoughts hit me as I read your essay. I have voted for both sides but am normally discribed by people who truly know me as being conservative. I carefully re read your article and sence that you like so many I know are fed up and believe it is better to put your effort in reaching and changing people through the cross. I see that both Parties have fallen short but the Country is changing and there are things we may be able to do through Government. Our country is now split pretty much down the center on abortion and it is going to make a tremendous difference on Major Court including Supreme Court appointments. I believe organizations such as the United Nations do little to help but maybe our country can still do some good. Who ever we elect will apoint at least two Supreme Court Judges and this could mean stopping abotion on demand or capital punishment. I am not sure how God uses Government but I know that even though our Government has not done the kind of good we could have done, we could still do some good. I have worked through Government agencies for over 26 years and we helped the sick get well, fed the poor, visited those who are in prision and looked after the disabled and homeless. Even though WE worked for the Government many of us asked God for his guidance and blessings  and WE were able to pass this on to the people WE served. At least WE can use Government to do good for PRESIDENT JESUS. Corky  

  • RT

    You voted for the only one who can truly lead us. Of course,
    the irony is that he is already in charge, even though many in our world vote
    against him.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       Exactly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20726580 Nathan J. Reese

    He wasn’t born in the US, so he’s ineligible.  Joseph Smith on the other hand…..

    • M Shover

      That’s why we have Matt Romney.

    • UncleCoconut

      Joseph Smith on the other hand was a what? He was the founder of a cult that believes when every MAN in their cult dies they go to the planet Kolob to have as much sex with as many different women as they want. Smith was a nasty pedophile who believed in having multiple underage wives. Romney’s nasty grandpa moved to Mexico so he could practice the multiple underage wife belief system. You would vote for a man who grew up and is a bishop in that type of cult? And as far as being ineligible to be president, you need to get an education about birth and presidential eligibility. Of course you are a birther and believe what you want to regardless of the facts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000008015404 Robin Vestal

    I am pretty sure Jesus wouldn’t be running as president (remember that was one of the temptations he overcame in the desert; power and rule) .  But as a Christian I do think it’s worth remembering to who we owe our allegiance to and it’s not to either political party.  When I look at our national race and that our president is busy drone bombing the world, assassinating citizens and deporting record numbers of immigrants and gutting our civil liberties it’s pretty impossible for me to even consider voting for him.  The other parties candidate seems indistinguishable to me from the president on these issues.  I can’t abandon the hope to help create systemic change that would benefit the least of these and perhaps our votes at the more local level can speak louder to change than the national level but really as a Christian that is the least of our responsibilities because it doesn’t matter what type of government we live under our task is still to love one another and care for the least of these.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       @facebook-100000008015404:disqus … You just described the tension I’m feeling at the moment about our political situation. We need to speak truth to power so that policies that uplift the poor will be in place. But, I also find myself less optimistic that the system will ever effectively reach such an end. so, if I can promote policies (like I did in the past for Health care reform, etc) I’m glad to. But I also don’t want to pretend that the energy should only be focused there. I want to focus locally / globally on things that can have a direct impact on the vulnerable of our world. Not sure what this pull in these two directions will mean in the future for me, but I’m trusting that God will lead us into fresh opportunities to make a positive impact on humanity.

  • http://twitter.com/thejaigner Jonathan Aigner

    I love the last line.  “Our nation, like every other nation, is founded on self-interest, the
    opposite of our King who founded his Kingdom on self-giving Calvary-like
    love.”

    This message is desperately needed.  We serve a higher throne.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/ Kurt Willems

       Thanks bro! I only wish that I lived up to that sort of love more often.

      • http://twitter.com/thejaigner Jonathan Aigner

        To be quite honest, I’m so sick of politics, and as a believer, I’ve come to feel like I don’t have much of a stake in elections. It doesn’t change my calling. It doesn’t change my allegiance.

        If 21-year-old me could see me now, he wouldn’t believe it. Such a change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremyleib Jeremy Leib

    I so resonant with your post.  A while ago I got disillusioned with the traditional, white American, evangelical approach to politics that says that the Republicans are the ‘Christian’ party and Democrats are evil.  I realized that there is much in the Republican platform I can’t be behind due to my faith.

    Unfortunately, many progressive evangelical who also realize that the Republicans aren’t the ‘Christian’ party don’t do much better.  Instead of rejecting the idea that there can ever be a ‘Christian’ party, they reverse it and say that now it’s the Democrats that are the ‘Christian’ party and Republicans are evil.

    I would argue that party politics can’t ever produce a Christian party.  A la Greg Boyd, party politics is based on have power over and enforcing your will on others.  In contrast, Christlikeness is come under and wooing or convincing others.

    I see Catholics as doing much better in this regard.  They seem to take an issue by issue approach to social action apart from party politics; hence, they are strong in protesting against abortion (traditional Republican position) and equally strong in protesting against the death penalty (traditional Democrat position).

  • http://Peachfuzz.net DanielDanTastic

    I voted for the flying spaghetti monster.


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