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Would Jesus vote Democrat or Republican?
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Over the centuries, followers of Jesus have debated the messages of his teachings—should his followers adhere to the rigid authoritarian messages of the Old Testament or prioritize the more compassionate teachings of the New Testament? Religious Americans in the 1960s prioritized social services when casting their votes. However in the 1970s, religious leaders and political strategists worked together to create the pro-life movement, swinging evangelicals hard to the GOP. In 2016, a staggering 81% of Christian conservatives cast ballots for Donald Trump, citing his commitment to putting pro-life justices on the Supreme Court. But would Jesus be a liberal or conservative?

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As Vox reports, many of the most passionately anti-immigrant voices are conservative Christians. 

Prominent evangelical leaders, including those who serve on Trump’s unofficial evangelical advisory council, have openly cast doubt on what Christians owe to refugees. For example, in July, as debate over immigration raged in the aftermath of Trump’s controversial migrant family separation policy, Paula White — a longtime Trump adviser and well-known prosperity gospel preacher—used the Bible to defend Trump’s policies.
She told CBN that those Christians who argued that Jesus was a 'refugee' were wrong. 'Yes,' she said, '[Jesus] did live in Egypt for three and a half years. But it was not illegal. If He had broken the law, then He would have been sinful and He would not have been our Messiah.'
Another prominent evangelical adviser for Trump, Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, also defended Trump’s migrant family separation policy this summer, telling the Dallas Observer, 'Any American who commits a crime is going to be separated from his or her child. You don’t send children to jail with their parents in America, so I’m not sure why the only criminals who would get a pass on that policy would be illegal immigrants.'
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Yet many people point out that Jesus took care of the most vulnerable in society. Writer Daniel Darling argues for this kind of compassionate, liberal response in the Washington Post.

[F]or American Christians, another text—Genesis 1:26, in the first book of the Bible—should shape this often vitriolic debate. We should remember that all human beings, including immigrants, were created in God’s image. Followers of Jesus should lead the conversation by recognizing the humanity of those who seek to enter our country and should reject language that assaults their dignity. And we should be the first to speak up for the stranger. After all, our story is a story of people on the move, from Genesis to Revelation. And we are, in a spiritual sense, not yet home.
In the first book of Peter, we are told we are 'foreigners and exiles' on our way to that city 'whose builder and maker is God,' from Hebrews 11.
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Others argue that Jesus respected the law and order of his country. 

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Evangelical Christians often acknowledge that a contradiction exists between the tenets of Christianity and the viewpoints of specific political parties. Even so, most Evangelicals believe that a strict adherence to Christian tenets is the most important issue. Per the New York Times: 

Eduardo Sandoval Ruiz
23, Republican, Louisville, Ky.
Being socially conservative, yet immigrants, has been interesting at best and conflicting at worst. Most people in my parent’s church are recent immigrants. We agree with most of what Donald Trump says about God and faith, but we do disagree with what he says about immigrants and any misconduct that he and others may try to justify in his personal life.
Being an evangelical Christian, I have to compromise. I am choosing to prioritize my core Christian beliefs over the immigration policies the G.O.P. is pushing right now. That is a point of tension.
I don’t talk politics to anyone, not even my family. We talk about Christian values.
I know Trump has brought back prayer. Knowing that our leaders believe those same core beliefs as us is something that brings calm. We know they have our best interest in mind.
I can see their point of view that they don’t want illegal immigration, being afraid of foreigners taking over, there being a sense of control at the border. But I grew up in a Latino family. We are here to make a better life for our families.
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Other evangelical Christians are moving away from the GOP, saying the treatment of immigrants and other downtrodden factions of society is far from Christ-like; therefore, they cannot support the party. Per the New York Times:

'I care as much about babies at the border as I do about babies in the womb,' said Tess Clarke, one of Ms. Mooney’s friends, confessing that she was 'mortified' at how she used to vote, because she had only considered abortion policy. 'We’ve been asleep. Now, we’ve woke up.'
Ms. Clarke, who sells candles poured by refugee women in Dallas, began to weep as she recalled visiting a migrant woman detained and separated from her daughter at the border. When an older white evangelical man recently told her that she couldn’t be a Christian and vote for Mr. O’Rourke, Ms. Clarke was outraged.
'I keep going back to who Jesus was when he walked on earth,' she said. 'This is about proximity to people in pain.'
FINAL RESULTS
Would Jesus vote Democrat or Republican?
A festive crown for the winner
#JesusWasALiberal
#Jesus4Conservatives
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