Friday, December 16, 2016

What would Jesus say?

What would Jesus say to the US today?

"A corrupt and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except for the sign of Jonah the prophet." Matthew 16:4

Jesus said this to the leaders of his day when they asked for a sign to prove his legitimacy as a prophet.

No doubt he would also view the next president of the US and the cabinet members he has chosen as "a corrupt and adulterous generation."

Jesus said "It's hard for a rich man to enter God's realm in heaven... it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle."  Matthew 19:23-24

Yet dt has chosen only the super-rich for his cabinet and himself has profited from oppressing employees, contractors, renters, women....

Jesus cared about the poor and the sick.  He fed and healed people.

The incoming leaders promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and other programs that help the poor.

The God of Israel sent Jonah to an evil city to warn it to repent, but Jonah fled in the opposite direction by sea.

When a storm attacked the ship he was in, he told the crew to throw him overboard, and the sea calmed.

"A big fish" (dag gadol in Hebrew) swallowed him and kept him for three days before finally spitting him out on dry land.  Jonah 2:1-11

When Jonah finally carried the message to Nineveh, the city repented.  The king said, "Every man shall turn back from his evil way, and from the robbery that is in their hands." Jonah 3:8

The only specific crime mentioned for this city is robbery--exactly what dt and his fellow billionaires have done to the poor, what their friend Vladimir Putin is doing in Russia.

Jesus answer that "the sign of Jonah" will be given has been taken to mean his own death followed by his rising again. See his words in Matthew 16:21.

The corrupt, adulterous, and wealthy president who has just been elected would certainly receive condemnation from Jesus.

He claims his narrow election is a mandate--a sign that he can dismantle health care, environmental protections, regulation of Wall Street, etc.

But history will show that he is part of a corrupt, evil generation that will be judged by God unless he and others repent and make a complete turn-around.

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