Today's editorial is basically just a rehash of earlier blog posts on Atlantic Beach, so rather than repost it, I'll direct you to an insightful column today by Brad Warthen. He tackles the topic of what Jesus' political views might have been, a topic that has also come up in letters to the editor in recent months (see here and here and here) and which apparently is on the minds of voters elsewhere as well. The whole column is worth reading, but here's a tantalizing snippet:
In a sense, it’s a stupid question, in that it really can’t be answered authoritatively.
We are hobbled by the fact that Jesus wasn’t into politics. In his day, that simply wasn’t in the hands of the people, and therefore there could be no moral imperative to shape one’s society. He taught people how they should live their lives in the world as they found it.
Such issues as “the size of government” (which has always seemed like a ridiculous thing to talk about, as though there could be an objectively ideal “size” — of course, that’s me talking, not Jesus) simply were not anything an average person had any control over. That was up to Caesar. Or the Senate. Or on the more local level, the Tetrarch or Pilate. Or the Sanhedrin. In His day, government actually was what libertarians imagine it to be today. It was “they,” something outside of and apart from the individual.