On Facebook a friend of mine, who happens to be an atheistic Democratic socialist (what a burden to carry that is) posted a Stephen Colbert bit about how Jesus would be a liberal Democrat. I gotta admit I couldn’t bring myself to watch it but I’m sure it had something about caring for the poor, tax cuts for the rich and how un-Christlike Republicans are. I’m thinking that saying Jesus would be Democrat (or Republican) is a complete misreading of His message. I’m having trouble interpreting His message of caring for the widows and orphans, the alien and the poor to mean the federal government should use other people’s money to create a bloated nanny state with big salaries and fat pensions, then take care of special interests and, if any money is left over, let it trickle down to the needy. (Just a side note…have you ever wondered why you never hear liberals cite 2 Thessalonians 3:10 when using the Bible to justify their cause:
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
Now before you liberals get all up in arms about how cruel this verse is, please note it says those “unwilling” to work, not those unable to work.)
At the same time, I don’t think He is saying the benefits of Big Business will trickle down to the poor and it will all be good.
If I am reading His book correctly Jesus says His people are to care for the poor, regardless of their religious belief. It is a personal and voluntary distribution of resources. Jesus was in opposition to the Powers of this earth, counter cultural so to speak. Be it Big Government or Big Business Christians should be resisting the oppressors as a power under (Check out Walter Wink, The Powers That Be).
Anyway, my point is that I don’t think Jesus would be a member of either party. His people are to care for the poor, not the powers and principailties. He said “Feed my sheep” not “Caesar, why are you not feeding my sheep?”
I gotta go…