Between Republicans And Democrats Is Like Choosing Between Pharisees and Sadducees
By Chuck Baldwin
May 28, 2003
When our Lord walked this earth, there were two major "parties"
leading the Jewish people: the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Both of these groups posed
major problems for Christ. Furthermore, though each group opposed the other, neither of
them represented the truth. We have a very similar situation today in the United States
with the two major political parties. In fact, the two major parties are eerily similar to
those two problem-groups of Jesus' day.
Pharisees were the "conservatives" of their day. They believed
in God and in personal morality. On the other hand, Sadducees were the
"liberals" of their day. They were blatantly secular in philosophy and conduct.
If they were yet with us today, Pharisees would doubtless feel right at home in the
Republican Party, while Sadducees would fit right in with the Democratic Party.
While the Pharisees and Sadducees fiercely fought each other, they were
both the enemies of Christ. When it came to supporting error and opposing truth, they were
united. The same is true today with the Republican and Democratic parties.
Republicans and Democrats only argue about things that have to do with
enriching each party's power and influence. On matters of substance, however, they are
For example, neither party gives a flip about what the U.S. Constitution
says. The only time they refer to it is when they seek an advantage over the other party.
On the whole, elected public officials from both parties take their oath of office about
as seriously as a lion takes the hissing of an opossum.
Beyond that, neither party believes in the principle of limited
government. The size and scope of the federal government continues to skyrocket regardless
of which party is in power. Republicans increase government by incurring debt; Democrats
increase government by raising taxes. The result is the same: government gets bigger and
bigger, while freedom gets smaller and smaller.
Furthermore, Pharisees and Sadducees alike supported Caesar. In fact, this
was one of the central charges against Christ: He was seen as a rebel who refused to
acknowledge the divine authority of Caesar. Because of this, Jesus was branded
"unpatriotic." This ultimately led to His crucifixion. Conservatives today are
doing the same thing.
Anyone who refuses to acknowledge that President Bush has been given
divine authority to act outside the U.S. Constitution is branded as unpatriotic or worse.
Several conservatives have even gone so far as to call G. W. Bush, "America's
King." To them, Bush is Caesar, and America is an empire.
In the meantime, both parties continue to ignore or expunge the principles
of truth and righteousness upon which our country was founded. Therefore, choosing between
Republicans and Democrats is like choosing between Pharisees and Sadducees.
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