//Want “do unto others…? Try Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid…//
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg tweeted this Christmas message:
“Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee. No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.”
We’re dumbfounded that someone as smart as Buttigieg could so fumble an attempt to link Jesus with today’s political agenda. Using “divinity” instead of Jesus? Emphasizing Jesus’ alleged poverty? What balderdash. And refugee? Where in heaven did that come from?
Buttigieg has actually spoken better about this in the past. The right message is crystal clear: Jesus Christ’s basic message to do unto others as you would have them do unto you perfectly fits the Democratic agenda. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a higher minimum wage, equal treatment of women, gays and minorities—all perfectly reflect Jesus’ message. Democrats stress inclusiveness and, in general, are much more compassionate toward their fellowman than Republicans ever have.
Jesus explicitly condemned the rich on several occasions, but never said one word about abortion. Do Democrats or Republicans better reflect that approach?
Further: any real Christian should hold Republicans accountable for their and Trump’s wanton disregard of God’s Commandments against adultery and bearing false witness. And God many, many times in the Old Testament directed his people to treat refugees with kindness and compassion.