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December 11, 2013

Holy Smokes, Jesus Was a Liberal

Patrick W. Allen

Not being a biblical scholar, I’ve often wondered why right-wing Christians keep saying they love Jesus, even though their beliefs have nothing to do with what Jesus said, taught, or stood for.

 

This is not debating whether the Bible is fiction or non-fiction, but rather questioning those who thump it the loudest and how they seem to not be familiar with its content.

 

The Christian Right goes on and on about how much they love Jesus Christ. When will they get the memo? Jesus was a liberal.

 

Aside: The argument why only a few men chose which books would be included and which would be left on the dust heap of history is a separate discussion. This column addresses several issues based on the current content of the King James Version of the Bible used and selectively referenced by right-wingers who call themselves Christians.

 

Here are a few points to consider the next time you go into thump mode, or are confronted by a thumper.

 

Abortion: Unlike the Christian Right, which won’t shut up about a fetus’ “right to life,” Jesus Christ never talks about abortion. However, there are approximately two dozen biblical verses which tie God directly to the act of abortion and God’s oversight of the same. So, if you hold the Bible to be your moral compass, then it’s reasonable that you also have to agree with the apple not falling far from the tree as it relates to Jesus being the son of God.

 

In the tale of the bleeding woman (Luke 8:43-48 KJV), Jesus clearly rejects irrational taboos and religious rules against women. While walking through a crowd, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and it healed her. She then cringed away in fear.

 

Instead of casting her away, Jesus did the liberal thing and said, “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” It’s too bad the “Christian” people who run this country — and some hospitals — think their weird religious rules are more important than a woman’s health.

 

Religion: Right-wingers claim to love Jesus, and are known for loudly shouting their faith from atop their soap boxes. But, like many liberals, the real Jesus Christ scorned these showy – and often phony – displays of piety. He said: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” [Matthew 6:7 KJV]

 

Separation of Church and State: The Christian Right keeps trying to force their beliefs into our legal system, and to fund their churches and schools with taxpayers’ dollars. Like modern people in the USA, Jesus lived in a huge empire with diverse religions and ethnic groups. Many of Rome’s laws and customs were against his people’s customs and beliefs. But – like most liberals – Jesus clearly believed that Church and State should be separate.

 

Income inequality: Have any liberals out there wondered what Jesus would have thought about today’s rampant income inequality? Right-wing Christians love to ignore the fact that Jesus made his views about the one percent abundantly clear: “And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” [Matthew 19:24 KJV]

 

Capitalism: Right-wingers are ever in search of ways to promote and justify the unfettered capitalism Pope Francis rails against. But they won’t find any help from Jesus. According to biblical passages, He loathed capitalism, even more than most of today’s liberals here in the United States. Pretty much the only time we ever see Jesus lose his temper is when he returns to Jerusalem with his disciples and finds the Temple full of bankers and vendors. He doesn’t just yell at them, he destroys their booths and drives them out with a whip that he makes on the fly. One can only imagine how Jesus would feel about Black Friday.

 

“And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise.” [John 2:14-16 KJV]

 

“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

 

It appears that the teachings of Jesus strongly suggested that we should be helping one another as liberals espouse today and for decades past ... rather than following the teachings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Koch Brothers and corporate masters who have bought and paid for our congressional representation.

 

Welfare and the social safety net: The Christian Right keeps ranting about how raising taxes to pay for programs that help the poor is somehow like forcing us into slavery. But the views of Jesus on feeding, clothing, and helping people in need was more in line with how liberals think. Jesus flat-out told his followers that when they help people in need, He sees that as directly serving Him:

 

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” [Matthew 25:34-36 KJV]

 

Healthcare: The right-wing Christians who oppose evil, “liberal” Obamacare have failed to notice something that seems crazy-obvious to the rest of us. Jesus was always out and about doling out free healthcare — the horror! — to His fellow human beings.

 

The New Testament abounds with stories of Jesus healing blind people, lepers, crippled people, paralytics, a bleeding woman, a young girl in a coma, and pretty much anyone who asked (or had someone ask for them).

 

His disciple, Matthew, wrote: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

 

Summary: So, the next time you run into someone “thumping” their book at you … simply thump back with the facts.

 

References

Addicting Info : http://www.addictinginfo.org/

The King James Version of the Bible

 

patrickwilliamallen@comcast.net

 



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