It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
I was thinking about the man from Nazareth this morning. I know that some would question the right of an apostate nonbeliever to write about the christian savior and I will not speak of him. I will limit my remarks to Jesus the reformist jew. I don't believe he ever called himself a christian anyway but that is another story.
I was thinking about Jesus this morning. If he was alive today, would he align himself with the liberals or the conservatives? Now I don't know for sure and probably no one does, but if I was a betting man, I would lay a few shekels down on the former. Maybe there is a third rail and he would wash his hands clean of the entire affair, who knows? Jesus the american independent or green party supporter.
I have read the good book from cover to cover on several occasions, the new parts too, and being possessed of a fairly keen mind would like to make a few observations.
Jesus hung out with the poor and the hookers. He went into the temple and threw out the moneylenders. He was definitely a revolutionary in his time and apparently, for all time. I can't see him throwing his lot in with the conservative powers that be. If anything the conservative leaders of today resemble the establishment old guard that he despised. The punitive, entitled, paternalistic types that demanded obedience and refrained from doing anything to shake up the good old boy's club.
Probably would have made a good community organizer. Didn't those acorn guys get into hot water talking to hookers too, recently? And breaking those loaves and fishes up. Doesn't it sound like the original wealth redistribution scheme?
Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'
44"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'
45"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
It seems pretty clear that you know who was pretty darn committed to the poor and the dispossessed. Don't read him saying much about tough love, do you? He might not be much of an advocate for closed borders, I don't know. And I can't really see him having much use for waterboarding or state sponsored torture either, even if John Yoo does say it's alright.
We should not be angry, or judgmental of others. We should be meek and merciful. We should turn the other cheek, make peace with our enemies, love them, and even give them more than they want. Only people who forgive should be forgiven. Do not hoard the treasures of the earth. Do not obsess on getting enough for yourself. Give to the poor. Those who mourn should be comforted. Anyone who seeks help should get it.
I hope the good lord isn't advocating for the social welfare state. If he does return, I think he better watch his back. Some people are going to be awfully upset. And my wife points out that he may not want to see a bunch of crosses. It's not going to make him happy.