If you made this argument for any conservative attempt to do exactly the same, yes, there would be, and always is, a great hissy fit.
Yes, they would be on the hook as individuals.Thats your fundamental failing here, its not irrelevant. They are one and the same, jesus may have said render unto God, what is Gods etc etc, but that didnt mean he was letting Ceasar off the hook, or Pontius Pilot. This is more relevant now in a representative democracy where our vote contributes to decisions made.
As Southern Democrat has pointed out to quote him;
Recall (if indeed you've had instruction in this) that Jesus taught that we should give up our Earthly trappings -- money, power, etc. -- "take up the cross," and go out and personally help people.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
No... Jesus would ask that you choose, for yourself, to provide charity to others. He would not ask that you force others to do so, as you already agreed.Someone, I think Goobieman, said that Jesus does not want charity to be forced. That is true. Jesus would not want to force charity. However, neither does he want suffering to continue. Nor does he approve of anyone standing by and watching it. Jesus was after all a champion of the excluded and the under-represented and the sick.
Thus Jesus would require that you vote for your own taxation for the purposes of helping your fellow man.
To the original WWJD question, as God in the flesh Jesus was also a carpenter by trade. At no point was he a political activist leading a political movement such as is being discussed here, and to assume that there were not political topics of the same magnitude at the time of his earthly ministry would be naive. They existed, and he ignored them, because he is concerned with the "Hearts of men" and his kingdom is "Not of this world." His heart was "Set on things eternal." He and he alone is worthy and capable of judging men.
If he were here today, given what we know, he might be traveling to speak to those who are hungry and thirsty for the truth. He might be admonishing and correcting those who are practicing error, and teaching us to focus on things of ETERNAL significance, rather than temporal, because soon it will pass away. He might very well heal some people as he traveled, but we should remember that he had the ability to simply speak and heal all people, he didn't. He healed those who came to him by faith, or in the case of the centurion were represented by great faith. He might speak to us as the petty, spoiled, self serving, petulant, demanding society we have become and pronounce judgment on us.
One thing we can be certain of is that whatever Jesus would do if he were here today in the flesh would glorify his Father, not the government.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
Can't believe all of you took the bait trying to measure moral behavior against socialist oppressive government. If I'm not mistaken all of the purely socialist regimes have ended up atheistic and at the extremes of oppression. For instance the National Socialist Party of Germany had universal health care but was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people. Soviets purges, Fidel and Che purges etc., etc.. Does having universal health care mean you will become despotic? Maybe not (Britain), but it's sure a step in that direction. And Britain is now trying to dismantle following the example of the now freed communist (socialist) block countries like Poland and Hungary.
Jesus lived in a largely communal environment. It was when burgeoning, centralized, inefficient, wasteful and powerful governments intruded that everything fell apart.
As far as you feeling like you are not being represented, I believe you should take it up with your congressman. I feel just fine with mine.