Christ the King
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This sermon was a little different. It started with a mock debate type thing. Below is Presidential candidate Jesus Christ responding to some policy questions:
Moderator: Let’s begin our debate with the economy. Mr. Christ, as you are well aware, small business owners and middle class families are the backbone of the U.S. economy. Your opponents have promised tax relief and greater financial support for the middle class. What would you do to strengthen the middle class?
Jesus: Sell all you have and give it to the poor-
Moderator: But that doesn’t really help the middle-
Jesus: -For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God belongs to them. I’d like to add, woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your consolation.
Moderator: But, Mr. Christ, your opponent has argued that the wealthy are essential job creators in our economy and-
Jesus: I said woe to you who are rich!
Moderator: …Moving on. America faces threats of terrorism from abroad and at home. Cyber-terrorism is on the rise, mass shootings have become a common occurrence, and ISIS has grown by leaps and bounds. Your opponents hold various positions regarding upholding the security of America- especially in defending our country from outside threats. Senator Ted Cruz has advocated carpet bombing ISIS even in areas populated with many civilians. Mr. Trump has said that he would “take out the families” of terrorists to deter further attacks. Secretary Clinton continues to support the increased use of drone warfare. Mr. Christ, how would you protect the American people from threats like ISIS?
Jesus: This question is very important to the American people and it is important to me. I say to you, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Moderator: That certainly is a… different approach to defense. Moving right along. The Syrian refugee crisis continues to grow and Americans are concerned about how to vet the refugees seeking sanctuary in our country so as to avoid inadvertently welcoming terrorists to our country. Your opponents have criticized you for your apparent lack of discretion and inadequate vetting when it comes to your own followers. Roman tax collectors, corrupt Pharisees, political zealots, and some are especially concerned about the disloyalty of one of your closest associates, Mr. Judas Iscariot. How do you respond to those who have accused you of poor judgement in welcoming dangerous people?
Jesus: I know whom I have welcomed, what they have done, and the risks they pose and I still want them in.
Moderator: OK… The next question should hopefully help you out. This one was submitted via email by _____________________. S/he writes, “As a hard-working parent of three, I believe that strong families make for a strong America. How will you strengthen families like mine so we can strengthen America?”
Jesus: I meet a lot of people in my travels just like you ________ who seek to proclaim the goodness of God’s kingdom. I just met a woman last week in Ohio who said to me, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” I said to her, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God. It’s full-steam ahead here and we have to put proclaiming God’s mercy before even our family.
Moderator: Wow, Jesus. I didn’t think anyone could flub the family values questions, but you proved me wrong. Well, let’s move to the closing statements. In their final thoughts, your opponents painted a dreadful picture of the world we live in. Economic collapse, the spread of disease, the loss of liberties, war, threats of war and terror, and much more. They have asked the American people to therefore place their faith in them so as our leaders they might overcome our great fears. What are your final remarks to the American people, Mr. Christ?
Jesus: Consider the ravens who neither sow nor reap, yet God feeds them! Consider the lilies and how they neither toil nor spin, yet God clothes them beautifully! Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Moderator: Well that’s it for today. Thank you all for watching tonight’s debate and don’t forget to vote!