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As the United States has progressed into the 21st century, more and more people have started to turn away completely from Jesus, proving difficult for recent leaders to incorporate Jesus into their political views. President Barack Obama has been criticized by the religious right and their argument of political issues. "I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons," he said, "but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God 's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all” (“God in the White House”). President Obama is proof that not all Christians have to be caucasian, evangelical …show more content…
While they may have contrasting views, both of their goals remain unanimous: they are just trying to make America a better place by interpreting Jesus’ own teachings and ways of life. Stereotypical speaking, the Democrats believe that the United States government need to focus on the greater good of the people, regardless of whether or not it correlates with their own goals. On the other hand, the Republican holds economic fairness above all. They want to make sure that people get what they have earned through working a fair and just life. The Republican and Democratic Jesus have specific stances on issues that resonate closely with the Christian …show more content…
Because of this, a “Democratic Jesus” is formed. A major factor as to why some Christians are drawn to the “Democratic Jesus” is because of the Just-War and Pacifism theories. Gushee states that as “Christians we are called to resist the descent into violence so characteristic of sinful human condition” (pg. 10). With the Democratic Party being geared towards resolution without war, more often than Republicans, it is this to what leads some people to subscribe to the Democratic Jesus. Others realize that it seem the only reason to vote Republican is because they “proclaim that voting ‘biblical values’ only means voting against abortion and same-sex marriage” (Wallis, n.p.). Christians can not get caught up in small pictures, but rather take a step back and see what would be best for the nation as a whole. However, by doing this it can still mean they resonate more strongly with the Democratic or Republican Jesus. Other people decide to be geared towards a “Democratic Jesus” because they get sick of “a small litany of conservative evangelical voices [that] are loudly proclaiming that Christians should vote for ‘values’ by defining the ‘sanctity of life’ in ways that conveniently mesh with the

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