(On the heels of the World discovering Pope Francis subscribes to a very Old concept of Religion as Government and Redistribution as Law combined with a doomed to obscurity no-nothing like Ed Schultz on MSNBC proclaiming direct access to God and what God would approve of in terms of Insurance being Forced Upon Human Beings, I thought this might be worth a repost.)
How can any right-wing idiot disagree with such an obvious statement?
OK… I’m going way out on a limb here.
Theology is not my area of expertise, but I’m willing to bet it’s not yours either. I have read both Testaments front to back. I refer to them and many other works often, most of the time to correct my thinking in regard to what they actually “said”. (Yes, I too fall into the trap once in a while of believing what other people tell me instead of reading it for myself. I think this is an epidemic problem but I digress.) I have learned to trust… but verify.
So let’s work through this, shall we?
Jesus believed we should be charitable.
Jesus believed we should care for the poor.
Jesus believed we should treat others the way we would wish to be treated. (History has never shown Socialists to be particularly tolerant and if they treated their opposition the way they wished to be treated they never mentioned it. I know a WHOLE lot about this… but I’ll save you for the moment. Refer to “Killer of Men.”)
Jesus believed in his Father, God, as the highest power known to man. (Socialists do not subscribe to a power higher than the State. All faith must be placed in the communal system. If the State is your God then you are good to go! If not… then Your quest with spirituality is your and yours alone as an individual.)
Jesus believed you should and have to be Forced to “do the right thing”. (That’s right! He.. uh.. wait… I can’t seem to find that last one in the gospels. At least not the synoptic texts. Anyone? Tossing some tables of intruders who set up shop in your house does not count. I throw people out of my house all the time… they’re free to stand out on the sidewalk.)
This is the problem with what sometimes seems an obvious statement, it is often wrong. Very wrong.
Socialism/Statism requires Force. It’s fine to think others SHOULD do something (as Jesus did), but that does not make you a Socialist, Theocrat or Communist etc. It is when you seek to apply Force, which we have reserved to government, to MAKE people do what you think is right that elevates you to one of the aforementioned classes.
I am open to being corrected, preferably by someone with a Theological background. But until I can be enlightened, so to speak, I have to simply reply to such a statement as “Jesus was a Socialist!” with “No. He was not.”
However, We can ask Him when he get’s back.
(Originally posted 020612)