Scripture and the GOP

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Today’s Scripture readings caused me to ponder the current crop of GOP presidentials. We have Catholic Rick Santorum, Catholic convert Newt Gingrich (and undeclared candidate and former Catholic Sarah Palin), evangelicals Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry, and Mormons John Huntsman and Mitt Romney.

So, today we read in Second Samuel Chapter 7, “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” [12–13]

And in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter one, the angel Gabriel tells Mary, of her son, that  “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” [32–33]

So I wonder, with all of these religious candidates, why do they act as though the throne of David is occupied by the Prime Minister of Israel? Don’t they know that the New Israel is not any geographical, ethnic, or racial community, but the Church founded by Jesus Christ, who sits on the Throne of David and “shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever”? Where did they go wrong?

1:28 pm on December 18, 2011