Socialist Jesus.

Via on Oct 30, 2011

What kind of government or society would Jesus support? A kind, compassionate, generous, loving one that cared for its sick, elderly, and poor. Kinda sounds like he’d support Social Security, Medicare, Universal Healthcare?

Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys…

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It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of my father. Sound familiar? Or when Jesus attacked the money changers on the temple steps? If you are against welfare programs you are against the teachings of Jesus. The Jesus that’s presented in the modern bible didn’t care about how well your stock portfolio does or how many mills you have to pay on your property tax. And I’d love for you to cite examples of a capitalist/free market social programs that help people in need? Like say unemployment programs for those who’ve lost jobs? Wait that’s socialist. What about Medicare for the elderly folks who need access to healthcare and have reduced insurance benefits? Wait that’s socialist too. What about tax exemptions for religious organizations that aid and assist the poor. Damn that socialism. Socialism is the boogeyman of corporations today, much like the antislavery movement was in the prewar South. Slavery kept a few wealthy, and to enforce the ideal that it was right, they encouraged the belief, widely supported at the time in most of America, that blacks were inferior and incapable of acting like human beings. I am not anti capitalist or pro socialist. Neither am I pro capitalist and anti socialist. There is a middle ground between the 2 that most of the modern world accepts as socially beneficial. I went way off base and my writing is inelegant and perhaps inarticulate but the point still remains that the core philosophy of Christianity is wholly incompatible with capitalism, which at it’s core promotes private ownership for the benefit of those who all ready have, and through the process of market competition alienates the have nots.

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Acts 4:32-5:11

The early Christians, we are told, lived together and held all their goods in common. From each according to his means, to each according to his need. Now a man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold a piece of land, and gave some, but not all, of the money to the apostles. Jesus, it seems, does not like people holding out on him: thus when Peter confronted Ananias and Sapphira about their counter-revolutionary petty bourgeois ways, both of them were miraculously struck dead on the spot.

It seems Jesus does indeed support Socialism, complete with a classic Socialist method of enforcing cooperation.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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8 Responses to “Socialist Jesus.”

  1. Mike says:

    Excellent.

  2. Luis says:

    Socialism is about forced charity. Christianity is about voluntary charity.

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  4. Lisa says:

    Ananias and Sapphira died because they lied about the amount of money they brought in, giving people the impression that they were donating the entire proceeds of their land when they were only donating a portion. It wasn't because they held something back. They were free to donate whatever amount they wanted. Peter made that clear when he confronted them on the lie that the money they brought was the entire sale price of the land. They died because they lied.

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  6. Mike says:

    I'm not sure I've ever seen the teachings of Jesus more twisted than I have here. Congrats "elephant journal". The #1 Heresy Award goes to you.

    "Thou shalt not steal". The Bible is very clear on the importance of the concept of private property.

  7. download says:

    Great post. I am going through a few of these issues as

    well..

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