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12/20/2012 1:01:00 PM
Letter: What Jesus would do?


For me, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of a great humanitarian, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus spoke of compassion for one’s fellow man; the poor, the sick, the sinners. Jesus devoted his life to God, charity and non-violent activism. Whether one identifies as Christian, or as Jewish (as did Jesus), or with any religion, or even as atheist; Jesus’ words and actions are clearly those of a courageous humanitarian.

The new year promises to be an important one for America. Our elected officials have agreed that by January 1st, they will resolve our county’s budget impasse and address our growing national debt. In the next few weeks, President Obama, Speaker John Boehner and various other politicians will negotiate a “deal” to finally fulfill the promise made to voters to balance our national budget and address our “debt crisis.” This so called “deal” will be nothing more than a published list of specific spending cuts combined with specific list of tax revenue increases.

Unfortunately, no politician wants to take responsibility for tax increases. And no politician wants to be blamed for cutting spending in their home district. This explains why our representatives have been unable to do their job ... they have not had the courage to do what we all know must be done. But now, with Congress’ popularity at an all time low, and with our national debt at an all time high, Congress must find the courage to do the job we have hired them to do: raise revenue and cut spending.

In their eternal struggle to balance revenue and spending, our timid politicians might rediscover their courage by rediscovering their Judeo-Christian roots. They might ask themselves: What would Jesus do? In other words: What spending would Jesus cut? What spending would Jesus not cut? How would Jesus raise revenue?

Based on quotes attributed to Jesus in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke one may conclude that Jesus would favor increasing taxes on (or at least, contributions from) wealthy folks. And since corporations have been legally determined to be equivalent to wealthy people, we might expect Jesus to also approve of greater contributions from corporations.

With the exception of veteran services, it is likely that military spending would be on Jesus’ chopping block; especially offensive weapons designed to kill. Expensive weapons such as missiles, bombs, war planes, etc., would be seen by Jesus as, “against the will of God.” Jesus would instead advocate for non-violent solutions such as the expansion of foreign aid and diplomacy in an effort to foster peace and mutual respect among the common people of all nations.

As our Congress decides how to spend our money, the money of our children and the money of our grandchildren, let us pray (and demand) that they act as wise humanitarians, in the spirit of charity and non-violence. And if they again fail in their appointed duty, let us (with love in our hearts), replace them as soon as possible.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year

Peter Nelson

Yavapai County

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: See what you want to see, hear what you want to hear

"Thank God milquetoasts like Petey are not in charge of this country".

You might want to check out the most recent election results. You seem to have missed it.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Did Jesus, in his life of poverty, even own the clothes he wore?

'Jesus spoke of compassion for oneís fellow man the poor, the sick, the sinners. Jesus devoted his life to God, charity and non-violent activism.'

Instead of compassion, churches are building bigger and better churches. Churches now dictate to their parishioners how to vote, who to vote for, and how to vote on politicial issues, which now makes churches nothing more than a political activism group that does not follow the word of Jesus.

Churches should be stations now, that openly help the poor, and the sick, regardless of their skin color or sexual orientation. The majority of church goers should have supported Obama care, as it would help the poor and sick. They should be agreeing to forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes. Churches primary function now should be charity centers that assist the communities they are located in. Yet while the talk of a homeless center in Cottonwood is in the works, not one church stepped forward to commit any funds.

'Jesusí words and actions are clearly those of a courageous humanitarian.' If you truly believe in Jesus, then follow his word. Instead of expecting the government to help people in times like this, churches should have open doors to help the sick and poor, and not build churches like the one on the hill overlooking 89A near the hospital.

'non-violent activism' is mentioned. If you believe in Jesus, then the military budget should be slashed in half. Think about the billions of $ that could be spent on improving the general welfare of our citizens and the infrastructure of the US. They may even have enough money left over to provide mental health services to mentally ill children.

What would Jesus do? He would be appalled at the way his flock has treated fellow citizens, who have been brainwashed by churches.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Perverse twisting of religion

There you go again Peter. Been hittin the spiked eggnog a bit too hard again, have you?

In the fantasy land liberals like Peter pretend to live in, everything is sugar plum fairies and sweet niceness. It somehow never occurs to guys like this that there is lots of evil people out there who would do us harm.

Or maybe he likes to pretend nuclear-armed North Korea and nuke wannabe Iran are our bestest friends.

In reality it is only through the military strength of this country and the bravery and courage of others who serve that Petey and his smug left wing friends can confidently sleep in freedom and comfort tonight.

He likes to sign off as Yavapai County, but is he really of this planet? He makes absurd statements like no politician wants to cut spending. How could he not know that Senator John McCain and Senator-elect Jeff Flake consistently fight against pork and wasteful earmark spending. His own elected representatives are at the leading edge of the fight against big government spending and he doesnt even know it.

Thank God milquetoasts like Petey are not in charge of this country.

For this holiday season Petey please find something else better to do with your time than to waste ours with sanctimonious drivel like this. Relax and go drink an eggnog or something.

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