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Call out those who support non-Christlike causes

Published:Saturday | December 3, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I am writing with reference to the letter published on November 30, titled ‘Should Christians be involved with politics?’ What would Christ have said about ‘Christians’ who, as a good example, seemingly unconditionally support multi-billionaire presidents who have done nothing that remotely resembles Christlike conduct?

I am talking about Jesus through His teachings and practices, not pragmatism, politics or conservative/liberal goals. Really, can anyone seriously imagine Jesus rolling His eyes at the likes of, as another good example, Donald Trump and then sighing: “Oh well, I am against everything the man stands for, but what can you do when you dislike even more some of what his political competition stands for?”

Though no pushover, Jesus fundamentally was about compassion and charity. His teachings epitomise the primary component of socialism – do not hoard morbidly superfluous wealth in the midst of poverty. He clearly would not tolerate the accumulation of tens of billions of dollars by individuals – especially while so many others go hungry and homeless.

While many Christians have rejected Donald Trump and his politics (though mostly quietly), regardless of his tempting conservative politics and pro-life professions, there nonetheless remains a vocal and politically active ‘Christian’ element celebrating Trump conservatism. I, one who believes in Jesus’ unmistakable miracles, find this greatly astonishing and troubling.

Yet, that blatant contradiction appears to take a muted back seat to Trump’s successful nomination of three conservative judges for the US Supreme Court; and, from my understanding, he was strategically doing likewise with a number of lower courts. There also was his politically/diplomatically destabilising (fire-stoking?) move of the US Embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Genuine Christians really need to loudly call out the denominations that abominably ardently support such men and non-Christlike causes.

In the meantime, Jesus must be spinning in heaven.

FRANK STERLE JR

White Ro​ck, BC

Canada