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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Living Life Through Polling

Yesterday has to be one of my favorite Gospel passages. It's a sublime smack at current thinking on how to determine appropriate political action -- Jesus takes a poll.

And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am?

Jesus stuck His divine finger up and tested the wind. Why? He knew what people thought -- I think it was to show that polls are useless. Leaders don't need polling -- they do what is right.

If the same story were today, it would read "Jesus Christ, well known cadidate for the Savior party issued a Zogby poll today to determine what the public expects him to be."

The apostles promptly reported back "47% say you are Elias; 32.3% say you are John the Baptist; and 16% say you are a resurrected prophet. There was a 7% margin of error, and 5% reported they were unsure."

There would no doubt be web polls on the matter constantly. CNN would have "Did Jesus really make the paralytic get up and walk, or was it a scam? Yes; No; Unsure"

Yahoo might have "Should resurrected bodies be mated to spouses again? No, because there is no resurrection; No, because it would be too confusing; Yes, because alimony should be settled then"

The correct answer was not found in the polling -- it was somewhere else, above public thought. Somewhere in the grasp of principle.