Just in time for election day in the United States, a satirical video is making its rounds on the Internet. Taking Scripture and altering the words, the makers of the three-minute parody, “GOP Jesus,” have a very pointed message: Evangelical Christians who claim to live by the words of Jesus may not be allowing those words to influence the way they vote.
“Truly I say unto you: Whoever welcomes one of these little ones in my name might be letting in a murderer or a drug dealer,” GOP Jesus says as he carries a child in his arms. He then hands the girl over to a “disciple” and says, “Let’s get her to a detention center. You know, until we can figure out what’s going on.” After passing the child off, he shakes his hands nervously as if he had just handled something unclean.
Video Jesus Gives His Version of the Words in Red
The video mocks Republican Christians and their seemingly anti-Christlike stance on issues from immigration to health care to sexual abuse. “GOP Jesus” was produced by three comedians who started Friend Dog Studios.
The bent of the video is to show evangelical Christians who vote the seeming hypocrisy of their voting while also claiming to follow the example and instruction of Jesus. Among the Scriptures that are altered in the video are the following:
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. And behold, now I’m all lazy and entitled. You shouldn’t have done that.” (Referring to Matthew 25:35-40)
“Do unto others as you suspect they might want to do unto you.” (Referring to Luke 6:31)
“What is a man profited if he gain the whole world but lose his soul? A lot. He has profited a lot. One soul for the whole world? That is an amazing deal.” (Referring to Matthew 16:26)
“Why do you look at the speck of dust in your brother’s eye but ignore the plank in your own? Because of her emails. Yes.” (Referring to Luke 6:41)
“If a man strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him and shoot him. That is the law.” (Referring to Matthew 5:39)
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell all the possessions you that you have and give the money to a solid mutual fund.” (Referring to Matthew 19:21)
“By this they will know that you are my disciples: That you say Merry Christmas! Christ! Christmas! That’s my name in there and I put it in there because I wanted it in there so we could all celebrate big boy Jesus’ birthday time. OK?!?” (Referring to John 13:35)
Video Jesus Takes on the Issues of the Day
One of the more pointed scenes occurs when GOP Jesus is approached by a woman asking for healing. “Of course I could,” GOP Jesus says to her, “but who would pay for it?” When the woman explains she doesn’t have any money, GOP Jesus responds, “Yes, it’s a sad story, but it does not make me responsible.”
GOP Jesus goes on to make comments about it being easy for rich people—the richer the better—to enter the kingdom of heaven. He takes a shot at Masterpiece Cake Shop owner Jack Phillips by altering Mark 12:31: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Unless you are better than your neighbor. Then tell them that they’re weird and you do not want to bake them a cake.”