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It 's up to us to refute the myth widely-held amongst the powerful and wealthy that power and wealth are somehow a mark of having established a personal relationship with Jesus, and that poverty and suffering are punishment for having not. To believe in this manner simply dishonors the teachings of Jesus, who chose a life of poverty, and gave his life for grace and compassion.

It 's up to us to insistently call attention to the planks Jesus would see in our national eye: our growing numbers of homeless and impoverished, our increasingly ill-fed and ill-educated schoolchildren, our evermore neglected disabled veterans and chronically ill.

It 's up to us to finger those as hypocrites who have abused Jesus ' name to promote their personal bigotries, hatreds, and revelational fantasies. It 's up to us to finger them as hypocrites for claiming to follow the Prince of Peace by serving the God of War.

It 's up to the political left to talk more, much more, about spirituality and about Jesus. Protecting separation of Church and State does not require that religion be banished from public discourse. If it 's true what my friend said, that the Republicans have stolen God, then by continuing to let them control the religious conversation we'll soon let them succeed at stealing Jesus, too.

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Todd Huffman is a pediatrician and writer living in Eugene, Oregon. He is a regular contributor to many newspapers and publications throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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