Bennion Spencer is writing a book about how Jesus would view certain policies. He says Jesus would oppose making President Bush's tax cuts permanent and that he would support a "very compassionate" immigration policy.
Not to make too light of this scenario, but it's just begging for it. Pretty sure that Jesus was non-partisan and a conscientious abstainer when it came to taxes-- "Rend unto Caesar what is Caesar's...." As to his immigration policy, also pretty sure that Jesus meted out both justice and mercy, but not to any immigrants that I know of. In fact, if memory of the Gospels serves, the only group of people the Savior really couldn't stand was...oh...wait...politicians (pharisees and publicans being the politicos of the Hebrew theocracy). Sorry, Bennion!
Seriously, how do people feel it's OK to extrapolate specific policy and politics from the Savior's principle-based teachings? Of course, individuals have the right to allow those teachings to influence and shape their own beliefs and policies. But to say that "Jesus would do this" always seems self-serving and worse, sacrilegious.
Jesus would do a lot of things if He were walking here today. Somehow, throwing His support behind a politician seems like it would be lower on his list of things to do.
Spencer later backed away from his statement and told the newspaper he isn't sure whether Jesus would vote for him.
Smartest move yet, Mr. Spencer.
But sadly, a little late.