Religion and politics don't mix. So says conventional wisdom. Maybe Jesus didn't get the memo because he engaged (and angered) more than a few politicians. Of course he did end up being put to death by the Roman government. So, I'll be careful here.
Super Tuesday is next week and it's possible that The Donald will develop a commanding lead in his quest for the Republican nomination. Before I disappoint you, I'm not going to critique Mr. Trump's candidacy or platform. But Jesus probably would. What do you think he would say?
Maybe Jesus would speak to us first; remind us to take our voting seriously. Know why we support any of the candidates. Perhaps Jesus would say that God can use all kinds of people to strengthen the mission that Jesus began. Yes, Donald Trump. Hilary Clinton, too.
In the mess that is our political system we the people still get to pick our President. The end of time will not come no matter who wins or loses. But it is serious stuff. So here is what Jesus would say to Donald and all the rest of the candidates.
Jesus would say lead like he did: by serving. He would remind them (and us) that "you will always have the poor with you" (and crooks, liars, hypocrites, etc) so don't imagine that any government program will fix that. Jesus would remind the candidates that Grace is more powerful than punishment, but to be "wise as serpents and innocent as doves" because there is always an ISIS just around the corner. Jesus understood the complexities of life and governing. You remember when he was asked if people should pay taxes, he said "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but give to God what belongs to God."
No matter who you like in this race, if you're a praying person then pray for them all. One of them is going to need all the prayers he or she can get come Inauguration Day. Vote your conscience, but do vote. It is your duty as an American. On the other hand if you trust me or your neighbor down the street to pick your President then stay home.
Rev. Conway is an Ordained Minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was ordained by the Kentucky Region in May 1986 when he completed his Masters degree in Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. Rev Conway also holds an Associates in Applied Science and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of KY.