Religion and Politics

23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?  But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. (Matthew 27:23-25 KJV)

It was requested to delve further into politics and religion and, although I am fearful this may cause misinterpretations or worst, I will give a little more of my thinking. I want to not talk about what is happening but to get into things that happened a long, long time ago. In the ageless time of the world (earth), this was not so long ago. But, this does show how politics have elevated it’s ugly head when other things were happening. I’m not sure, but maybe politics went back as far as the caveman. Maybe one caveman tribe wanted to righteously deal with another and the other tribe decided, politically, to deal falsely in order to gain the upper hand. I don’t know; I am guessing. But it does make sense. It is done today, everyday. In the place of tribe, insert country or state or city or business, etc.

When Christ was taken before the Jewish leaders to be tried He was sent to the Roman governor because they didn’t want to make a bad decision in front of their people. The Roman governor didn’t want to rile the Jewish people against the Roman government so he “washed his hands of the situation”. Politics is always around. When the Roman governor had the chance to let Christ go he left it up to the people. They voted, per se, and Jesus lost. In reality, we all won that one because it was preordained. But, I am hopeful you know what I am trying to convey. Politics is like the devil, always there and you may choose either, good or evil.

Let’s get into something close to home. Something that we see and celebrate every year. St. Patrick’s Day. Way, way back when, at the beginning of the English kings, knights in shinning armor, etc., the Scottish and Irish lands were very rural, almost uncharted and had clans of Non-English Peoples occupying the boggish lands. In this particular case a clan of people that were called the snake people, they are correctly named Druids, were always defeating the king of England as he was trying to conquer the land. He wanted to be rid of these People so he sent in knights. Keep in mind that there never was any snakes (those that crawl along the ground) in the lands. When Sir Patrick won battles against this clan, he ran them out of their territory. Therefore, he was, by the English Church Bishop, named a Saint because he rid the lands of the snakes. Politics? And, we, today, celebrate the eradicating or ethnic cleansing of a people. St. Patrick’s Day.

Let’s go a little ways into the Crusades. This all have to do with wanting to spread the Christian word, a way of living and to get treasures to help out the church the king and his government. The knights were suppose to be on a quest for all symbols of Christendom but they had a side business and were not at all times into the sole purpose of the mission. Many knights became rich and so did churches and kings.

Then think about why people left England to come to the New World. Religion. This land was occupied but that didn’t matter. If they were not Christian and/or they wanted that land, they had to go. The Indians suffered, religion prospered and many treaties were broken or disregarded along the way. Politics? It was because everything have something to do with politics, even today. That includes the conflict in the Middle East, in particular. Utopia is false, always have been and always will be. There will always be fighting, evil will see to that.

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