Power Confused

Stephen Harris

March 25, 2005

We have a president who fancies himself as chosen more than the rest of us. He has rallied a population of people who base their faith on a naïve interpretation of Christianity from which they rigidly hang their morality. But George Bush himself has a naïve interpretation of Christianity and morality.

If he understood Christianity more he might notice that spreading Christianity is impeded by violence and suffering. Although his broad sweeping shoot from the hip clumsy cowboy approach to apparently every aspect of his life is not without its value, it is a very dangerous approach from the position of President and just plain wrong from the position of a religious leader. He found the power of herding millions of people but he has no concept of responsibility.

His pseudo tough guy polarizing politics is what has led us to this place of an outraged country on a wild “Citizen Ruth” kind of rampage. Because this unfortunately is an extension of the abortion issue. And just like Ruth the fighting has almost nothing to do with Terri Schiavo anymore. I believe the test here is not in what dogma tells us to do, but what we believe to be the right thing to do here and now. I’m not sure how it works in other religions but as Christians aren’t we supposed to ask ourselves “What would Jesus do?”

If Jesus were here now, what would he do? Imagine Jesus in the hospital talking to the doctors and Terri and her family. I have a tough time imagining him saying that Terri Schiavo’s life should be prolonged as long as medically possible. I also have a tough time seeing him saying that she should be allowed to starve to death. My guess is that he would suggest giving her a heavy morphine drip and to let her die easily.

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