By JOE CIESZINSKI
Parallels are painfully obvious to anyone from a Judeo-Christian background. The time, place, controlled secrecy and, yes, the money.
As Christians around the world recall the incredibly painful passion and crucifixion of Christ during Easter season, we see commonalities with our political situation in New Mexico.
The crucifixion of Jesus and the crucifixion of New Mexico. The Jewish capital of Jerusalem/the New Mexican capital of Santa Fe, City of Holy Faith. The secret overnight trial of Jesus/the “gated community” closed legislative sessions.
Roman solders and Jewish leaders conspired then, many legislators now. The 40 pieces of silver paid to Judas and hundreds of thousands sunk into the campaign of Lujan Grisham by pro-abortion/pro-euthanasia/pro-recreational pot.
These people do not want what is best for New Mexico, they want what is best for their bank account. Selling out/betrayal 2,000 years ago and today.
Many know the passage from John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy,” which remarkably resembles MLG.
Michelle Lujan Grisham has:
1. Stolen. She has stolen prosperity from New Mexico by getting rid of clean coal, and sabotaging our oil and gas business, a huge part of the New Mexico economy. The way she handled COVID has permanently shut down many restaurants and other small businesses. The legislative session’s security, including the fence around the Roundhouse, cost NM from $700,000 to $1,000,000. MLG charged New Mexico over $11,000 for food catered/delivered to her. She was sorry she got caught, but not that she stole from New Mexico.
2. Killed. Under the MLG reign, the most hostile abortion and euthanasia bills in the country were passed by this legislature.
3. Destroyed. New Mexico has been trashed economically and morally during the MLG reign. The marijuana bill will destroy the future of many youth and others, and make poorly performing New Mexico schools worse. It will bring in more gangs and drugs. It will prey upon the poor and hurt families, workers and hospitals. It will cause more crashes on New Mexico highways. It will not help the economy, but hurt it. A report by Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute said that, for every tax dollar generated by legal marijuana sales, costs to the state of marijuana are over $4.50. People in the real world cannot perform well at real jobs or in real schools if they are out of their real minds. Social costs now always translate into financial costs later.
Michelle Lujan Grisham has betrayed us. She has exchanged the best interests of New Mexico for money and power, kind of like Judas.
During this sacred time of year, we are reminded of the second half of John 10:10. Here Jesus said, “… but I have come that they might have life to the fullest.” Through Jesus, God has invited us into his family as adopted children. God has a great plan for New Mexico, a plan of safety, fruitfulness, prosperity, well-being, healthy persons, families, schools and businesses. The Lord invites us to partner with him to make New Mexico beautiful in every way.
Another generous offer of the Lord to us is, “I place before you life and death, a blessing and a curse, choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Fellow New Mexicans, let us “choose life.”
It is appropriate during this Easter season to remind us of the promise of Jesus at the very end of the gospel of Matthew: “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of time.” He is risen!!!
Joe Cieszinski lives in Santa Fe.