Oh, I am probably going to be struck by Lightning for mixing politics and religion, but I just got to thinking about something in the Bible. The story of Doubting Thomas. Here is the story from Verses 24-28 of the 20th Chapter of the Book of John:
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him [Thomas], We have seen the LORD. But he [Thomas]said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
Sooo, what I got to thinking about, is how Jesus, who even most Atheists admire as a person, was not too good to help resolve an identity question. Jesus didn’t get mad at Thomas, or call him crazy. Jesus did not try to invalidate Thomas’s feelings or make him feel guilty for wanting to see it for himself. Jesus didn’t put a law firm on retainer. No, Jesus simply let Thomas touch his wounds and resolve his doubts.
Since those days, spiritual beliefs are, of necessity, a matter of faith. But faith has never been the primary modus operandi of government or of business or of life in general on the physical plane. The IRS doesn’t just take your word for it. They reserve the right to audit your tax return. Humans sign contracts because both parties want the promises in writing. And, we all like a receipt when we check out at the grocery store. Life on Planet Earth requires more than faith. Records and documentation have been been around since the days Babylonians scratched little “V’s” into wet clay tablets. Less wiggle room for mistakes, memory lapses, fraud, and doubts.
And isn’t it strange, that our President, when faced with doubts from a significant number of Americans about where he was born, can’t or won’t cough up one little piece of paper??? We don’t have to wonder, “What Would Jesus Do?” We can just read about it in the 20th Chapter of John, Verse 24. . .