Published on Saturday, December 18, 2004 by the Capital Times / Madison Wisconsin
Bush and His Cohorts Would be Wise to Implement Jesus Agenda
by Brett Hulsey
'Love your enemies. ... If someone strikes you on the right cheek, give them the other.' Are the Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib torture treatments consistent with this teaching?We are told to expect a Christian government just in time for Christmas, but what is the Jesus agenda? Methodist church school taught me that the Sermon on the Mount is the basic statement of Jesus' philosophy, in Matthew 5:1-28 and Luke 6:17-46 for those who want to read along.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth." We haven't seen much meekness in Washington lately, except from Democrats. The question is, "Will the Earth be worth inheriting after the oil companies and polluters trash it?" We have to work harder to protect our inheritance.
"Blessed are those who show mercy." We've not seen much mercy either, especially in the GOP attacks on amputee war heroes like Sen. Max Cleland, for being weak on terror.
"Blessed are the peacemakers." It's not clear how Iraq figures into this. Invading Iraq has killed some 1,300 Americans and 10,000 to 100,000 Iraqis so far. There's not much peace there.
"Do not store up for yourself treasures on Earth." This means we should repeal the tax cuts for the rich in order to fund vital programs.
"Love your enemies. ... If someone strikes you on the right cheek, give them the other." Are the Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib torture treatments consistent with this teaching? The Red Cross thinks not.
"Whoever marries a divorced person commits adultery." Studies show divorce rates higher in very Christian states like Mississippi, and lowest in Massachusetts, home of gay marriage. Christians should focus on staying married themselves, not worrying about gays.
"Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand in the churches and streets so they can be seen by others. ... Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray in secret." President Bush should not be praying at any more Cabinet meetings for the TV cameras.
"Don't worry about the speck in my eye until you take the log from your own." We have a lot of logs to take out of our eyes before worrying about others.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." The golden rule is a universal religious value. The president has disrespected others on global warming, the world court, the nuclear terror treaty, and many other international agreements.
"Beware of false prophets, men who come to you dressed as sheep while underneath they are savage wolves. You will recognize them by the fruits they bear ... a good tree always yields good fruit and a bad tree bad fruit."
We have yet to see many good fruits from President Bush and his followers. They need to implement a real Jesus agenda, lest they be hypocrites, false prophets and wolves in sheep's clothing.
Dane County Supervisor Brett Hulsey reads the Bible and tries to implement its wisdom.
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