Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jesus Rode a Donkey


Dr. Linda Seger is the granddaughter of a Lutheran minister, and a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). She holds an M.A. in Religion and the Arts from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California, a ThD in Drama and Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, and an M.A. in Feminist Theology from Immaculate Heart College Center, Los Angeles, California.

She recently wrote a book that I'd really like to read. Maybe I can ask Santa for a copy. She calls it "Jesus Rode a Donkey."

"You have neglected the weightier matters of the law - justice, mercy, good faith." Matthew 23:23

What would Jesus do? "As the One who accepts and loves, he would be...volunteering at soup kitchens rather than granting tax cuts to the rich. He'd be planting trees instead of strip-mining national parks. He'd be working to take care of those who have trouble surviving in our society, rather than rewarding the rich."

During the last election, Christian Democrats often heard that the Republican vote was the values vote, that good Christians were Republicans, and that Democrats attacked people of faith. Yet, my understanding and prioritizing of the many values of caring for the poor, health care, over-coming discrimination, creating sound fiscal policy, working for peace, caring for the environment, overcoming governmental corruption - all are founded upon my Christian faith, and have led me from being a Republican to becoming a Democrat.

Jesus Rode a Donkey shines the light of Scripture and theology on policy decisions of both the Republican and Democratic party, and looks at the many ways that, I believe, the Republican party has lost its way -- by giving more tax breaks to the super-rich than the poor, by cutting back on environmental policies that protect the environment, by not caring for the poor, the needy, the have-nots in our society, by fueling the war rather than creating peace, by creating an attitude of fear rather than hope, by not being honest with the American people.

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