I think it's quite clear that most groups that profess "faith" as Christians do not follow what Jesus preached. Remember, to be a Christian is, by definition, to be "Christ like". If you want to quickly and easily understand what Jesus was trying to teach and what it would require to be "Christ like", just take a look at the eight Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount. (this is a link to one site that describes them in the terms of the faithful, choose whatever reference you want: http://jesuschristsavior.net/Beatitudes.html ).
Please review the Beatitudes before proceeding.
Now, after that brief introduction, how many political leaders exhibit "Christian" qualities?? Be Honest. I'm not talking Republican/Democrat, liberal/conservative, I'm talking about the whole lot.
The sooner everyone realizes that the "faith" card is being played not because certain people in politics actually believe, but because they are trying to get votes, the sooner this country can get back on the road to being a country of legitimate morals and values.
I, for one, am tired of the politicians talking out of both sides of their mouth. "We must save Teri Schivo"/ "Let's kill tens of thousands of Iraqi's". "China is violating human rights" / "The leaders that let Abu Ghraib happen are innocent". "We are saving the environment"/ "Time to drill for the few drops of oil that are in ANWAR". Just a few years ago, those people would have been called HYPOCRITES!
Everyone, do yourself a favor, compare what Jesus actually taught (like the Beatitudes), to leading political figures (Bush, Cheney, Delay, Frist, Clinton, and the list goes on) and be honest as to how “faithful” their actions prove them to be.
I’ll get off my stump now.