I admire any person with deeply held convictions of any religious persuasion but especially one with deeply held convictions about Jesus and His teachings to enter the political ring. Thank you John Kasich!
The article I am focused on title: How Kasich’s Religion Is Hurting Him With Conservatives. That may be true, but again what do “they” know?
The Republican nomination can sometimes seem like a contest to see which candidate is most religious. Ted Cruz touts his born-again faith, and he recalls how he “surrendered his heart to Jesus” as an 8-year-old at summer camp. Marco Rubio, who has at different times embraced Catholicism, Mormonism and evangelicalism, says his faith is the “single greatest influence in my life.” Donald Trump, by all appearances, has never attended church regularly and claims that he has never even asked God for forgiveness, but he nonetheless speaks about American Christians as though they’re a persecuted minority and has earned the widespread support of evangelicals.
An then there is John Kasich: “I don’t go out and try to win a vote by using God. I think that cheapens God.”
Thank you John Kasich. I say that, though I feel like I am closer to John Kasich in belief because being President is about more than representing your faith but using your faith and principles are necessary for guidance and remaining grounded.
…the Ohio governor has gone to Bible study with the same group of men every other week for the past 20 years. He has attended an Anglican church in Ohio for decades because, as he wrote in his book, Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship, he likes receiving Communion every week, a practice uncommon in other Christian denominations.
I understand this man. I relate to his like/love of faith and a relationship with Jesus.
When Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau died last year after a battle with brain cancer, Kasich quickly expressed sympathy, offering a prayer on Meet the Press: I’m going to pray for [Joe] because he’s had a lifetime of tears. God bless you, Joe.”
That takes mojo and this is a man who has mojo spiritually.
Politico says: “The governor’s faith appears to drive his politically moderate stances on immigration, climate change and gay marriage—positions that alienate him from mainstream conservatives whose support Kasich needs to have a chance at the nomination.”
I say: “Politico, so what! People will admire him much longer for the mojo and the convictions and for standing on his principles. Kasich may not be a fly by night flash on the national stage. I believe we can assume he has good values and is doing the right thing no matter his next move.”
Politico goes into some of his background next which I will not expand on here.
He stayed with his church…
Good for you John Kasich!
He stayed with his church as it broke off with the mainstream Episcopal Church in the United States in protest over the denomination’s embrace of openly gay priests and bishops. In 2011, Kasich’s home church, Saint Augustine’s Anglican Church in Westerville, Ohio, is one of those that split off under a new, more conservative denomination called the Anglican Church in North America. In departure from mainstream Episcopalians, the ACNA gives local churches the autonomy to decide whether to ordain women, and it politically opposes abortion and euthanasia, while the Episcopal church acknowledges “there may be cases that stand beyond judgment.”
It also supports the traditional view of marriage as being between a man and a woman, and called the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage last year a “stark departure from God’s revealed order.”
I know the ACNA. They are some of the strongest American citizens around. As I just said to another columnist, Cathy Grossman, Religion News:
Thank you for the title of that piece. If we know His Son, Jesus, God is with us and especially in church where His people are gathered. God Love’s Community! I am sure John K. does too.Thank you also for point out that John K. Uses the Scriptures. I am sure he understand some of them by now after having been in a small group who concentrate on understanding Them for 20 years. Though I am sure his life with God extends well beyond that group and those 20 years.I applaud a commenter to your piece, babyblue. She is right. The ACNA is very legitimate. I defend them as I know some of them. They have grit, spine and steadfastness in a sappy religious climate in the world(at least the Western part of it). They are following Jesus per my analysis. The issues regarding the separation were much more far reaching and impacting than you included in the piece.
Thanks for pointing out his realism on gay rights. I believe his stance is somewhat realistic. I don’t believe the SCOTUS can legislate however. I hope that nation wakes up to that. I have my doubts.
For example, a cornerstone of Kasich’s governorship has been his expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Expanding Medicaid wasn’t a politically savvy move for an aspiring presidential candidate of a party almost single-mindedly dedicated to repealing Obamacare. But, as Kasich told the Christian Broadcasting Network, “I’m playing for a bigger game.” He cited as his motivation a passage from the Gospel of Matthew, in which Jesus speaks about the importance of kindness: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,” Jesus tells his disciples, “you did for me.”
I’m not sure this Kasich quote is a fully developed rationale for expanding Medicaid, but I am glad to see something attempt to discern the right thing to do based on the teachings of Jesus. Jesus gave us a path forward. The sad truth is that many of His followers do not seek Him, earnestly seek Him, for that path forward. Thank you Mr Kasich for modeling that in front of the nation.
Just to let you in on a secret. Jesus in not American. Yes, Jesus is not Libertarian, Communist, Democrat or Republican. I want to align behind Him more fully and drop more of my biases.