Is Jesus going to rise from the grave to support Ted Cruz?

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I have done good so far with my New Year’s Resolution to keep politics off the blog but there is a religious aspect here I think is worth mentioning.

I have been interacting with non-believers on line a long time so I am quite used to them demonstrating that they have very little understanding of Christian theology and things Christians say. But this, IMHO, takes the cake.

Last night on CNN, a panel was discussing an upcoming high feast in our nation’s most practiced religion. I speak, of course, of the Iowa Caucuses and partisan politics. Kathleen Parker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist who appeared on the panel. Her columns are syndicated nationally by The Washington Post and appear in more than 400 media outlets. So I was stunned that she said something so religiously illiterate, on so many different levels. You can watch it here thanks to Ed Stetzer, who posted it, but she says:

One observation. I don’t know… this seems to have slipped through the cracks a little bit but Ted Cruz said something that I found rather astonishing. He said, you know, “It’s time for the body of Christ to rise up and support me.” I don’t know anyone who takes their religion seriously who would think that Jesus should rise from the grave and resurrect himself to serve Ted Cruz. I know so many people who were offended by that comment. And you know if you want to talk about grandiosity and messianic self-imagery I think he makes Ted Cruz makes Donald Trump look rather sort of like a gentle little lamb.

The verse that immediately came to mind as I was reading that article was 2 Corinthians 4:4.

“The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

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11 replies

  1. Ha! That was interesting…and disturbing 😉

    I’ve often thought that perhaps if our politics get so bad, even the atheists will start praying. I don’t know about anyone else but every time I look at the candidates, my first thought is, “Oh God.” Than I feel as if I should start praying without ceasing.

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  2. Cruz is not one of my top 3 candidates, however the ‘body of Christ’ is understood to be the church, or bride of Christ. Christ’s physical body already arose 2000 years ago. So Cruz was calling upon Christians to support him, not the creator of the universe.

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  3. That’s some sadly funny stuff – but only sadly funny to those who know Scripture.

    As you know Dr. Ravi likes to re-tell “Sam’s telling of the Good Samaritan”:

    “Once there was this man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho and he fell among thorn; and the thorns sprung up and choked him. And as he went on he didn’t have any money and he met the Queen of Sheba, and she gave him a thousand talents of gold and a hundred changes of raiment. And he got into a chariot and drove furiously, and when he was driving under a big juniper tree his hair got caught on the limb of that tree and he hung there many days, and the ravens brought him food to eat and water to drink and he ate 5000 loaves of bread and 2 fishes….”

    The above story (unfinished) would make a lot of “biblical sense” to Ms. Parker 😦

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    • That is quite a story for sure.

      You know what? I would understand if Parker was just a dopey atheist blogger or something but she is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Really, how could she get it so wrong?

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      • As I said to someone earlier this week:
        Having a Nobel Prize – or a Pulitzer Prize or any other prize or alphabet – behind one’s name doesn’t mean such a one knows what they’re saying.
        Unfortunately, society’s approach (in general) gives the appearance that whatever such as these say is actually true.
        She gets it wrong the same way many pundits get it wrong… they speak on issues (with such authority) they have no knowledge of; it’s only when you know the truth that you can spot their ignorance.
        This is exactly what many professors are doing in many colleges today 😦

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  4. True. It shows that as believers we have to be mindful of how we speak, because non believers may or will not understand our terminology.

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