Jesus, disqualified

"There’s a long line of people who on the basis of their position on life couldn’t be attorney general. We could start with Jesus Christ himself.” So said Senator Robert C. Smith (R., N.H.), as quoted in the New York Times February 1.

Though “What would Jesus do?” has become a tired slogan, it’s an appropriate response to Senator Smith’s statement. We have no idea what Jesus would actually say if he were to confront Smith. But those who rely on the Gospels to find out what Jesus said and did have clues about whether he held “positions on life” that could disqualify him from being attorney general of the U.S. Here is how he might respond to the kinds of questions that come up at confirmation hearings.

Q. Jesus, what is your opinion of your ruler?

A. Herod? Look at Luke 13:32, where I call him a fox. Foxes are cunning, small.

 

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