Question: Isn't it ironic that W Bush calls himself a follower of Jesus when, in fact, his fundamental values are exactly the opposite of Jesus'? It is undoubtable that Jesus cared absolutely nothing for wealth and worldly possessions, nor did he counsel people to devote themselves to the acquisition of riches. He was on the side of the poor, downtrodden, and peaceful. Bush, contrarily, is on the side of the rich, powerful, and militaristic. Jesus stated explicitly, time and time again, that one should devote oneself to helping the poor and care nothing for one's own net worth. He would never have been in favor of a huge tax cut for people who are already super rich while hundreds of thousands of children in the US lack food and basic health care. Jesus said, "If anyone wishes to be first, he will be last of all and the servant of all." (Mark 9:35; see also Mark 10:42-44) "Whoever is least among you, this one in fact is great." (Luke 9:48) "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11) "Blessed are the poor"; "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst" Luke's Beatitudes "Woe to you who are wealthy" Luke 6:24 "No one is able to serve two lords. ... You can't serve God and material things." Luke 16:13, Matt 6:24 "You still lack one thing: go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." Mark 10: 17-21 "It's harder for a rich man to get into heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle" Mark10: 23-25 note: All of Jesus' disciples were poor and all were willing to give up their careers to follow Jesus. I find that most people who call themselves Christians are also devoted to getting as rich as possible and are opposed to any tax that will help the poor live better lives. Given that Jesus counseled exactly the opposite- caring not for one's personal wealth but caring for the poor and downtrodden- they are forced to rationalize away all of the above statements by Jesus. But whether they rationalize or not, Jesus was very very explicit on this point. Jesus clearly did not ask his followers to seek political power and then give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the wealthiest country in the world. This, however, is what George W Bush devotes himself to. It is ironic that he, inconsistently, calls himself a follower of Jesus.