Thus Speaketh the good Prophet Colbert…

Via Roger Wolsey
on Dec 17, 2010
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A prophetic home run.

“Because if this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus is just as selfish as we are or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

“It’s time to take baby Jesus out of the manger. Replace him with something easier to swallow. How about a honey baked ham?”

… on a related note,  – World, meet the Tea Party Jesus!

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About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


14 Responses to “Thus Speaketh the good Prophet Colbert…”

  1. Roger Wolsey says:

    Be sure to click on the words "Prophetic Home Run" in the first line to see the video clip that is the source of this gem.

  2. Grand slam! Thanks so much Roger!

  3. elephantjournal says:

    It's interesting: the Tea Party actually brags about not being the party of compassion (food stamps). Last I checked, they'd ruined our economy, and along with it many paychecks. ~ Waylon

    From a press release in my inbox:


    Conducting interviews on this topic is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Senior Managing Director in the Financial Services Group at Gilford Securities as well as a senior staff writer for, Dr. Jerome Corsi.

    Author Profile and Information, Click Here:

    By Dr. Jerome Corsi
    (c) 2010

    Nearly 17% of citizens rely on government aid

    A new record number of Americans on food stamps has been set once again, confirming yet again Newt Gingrich's admonition that the Democrats are the party of food stamps, while the Republicans are the party of paychecks.

    The number of Americans receiving food stamps is now at a 27-year high of 42.9 million people, according to statistics released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    What this means is that approximately 14 percent, or one of every seven Americans, is now receiving food stamps.

    'Food Stamp Nation'

    In his column published by WND, Pat Buchanan called the United States a "Food Stamp Nation," pointing out that 1.7 million people in New York City, one in every five in the city, rely upon food stamps for daily sustenance.

    "A less affluent America survived a Depression and a world war without anything like the 99 weeks of unemployment insurance, welfare payments, earned income tax credits, food stamps, rent supplements, day care, school lunches and Medicaid we have today," Buchanan wrote. "What we have accepted today is a vast permanent underclass of scores of millions who cannot cope and must be carried by the rest of society – fed, clothed, housed, tutored, medicated at taxpayers' expense for their entire lives."

    He noted that we have a new division in America, "those who pay a double fare, and those who forever ride free."

    Still, with hunger, poverty homelessness on the rise, Red Alert is reminded once again just how unsuccessful social welfare programs are at providing a government-aid solution to an economic problem that truly can only be resolved with jobs.

  4. Roger Wolsey says:

    I finally found what may be the basis of Colbert’s gem of quote. Turns out, it was in my book! (will be available Jan 2. 2011

    “It is impossible to have a man sit by you as your brother and let him go hungry while you feed. Therefore as a usual thing we do not let him sit by us or we deny that he is our brother.” Walter Raushenbush

  5. tamingauthor says:

    Roger, there are days when I have more affinity for Muslim extremists anxious to behead me for my beliefs than I do for your tribe. At least they are honest and straightforward in their anti-Christian agenda.

    It always amazes me to see this corrupt liberal game play itself out. Extreme liberals do everything they can to destroy the system so that people do not have jobs and the dignity that goes with a job. Then they show up to "save the poor," using money stolen from others to make themselves appear Christ-like in their charity.

    Their idea of helping the poor amounts to placing them on permanent dependent status—and cynically using their dependent status to maintain corrupt power. Judas was an amateur compared to this cynical crowd.

    Jesus did not teach this liberal big government nonsense. It was the Pharisees who went to big government (aka Roman Empire) for help in carrying out their devious false witness against Jesus.

    Jesus did not collect taxes from the tax collectors. If one reads closely, one finds he converted them and brought them to change their ways.

    And there is the old parable about teaching a man to fish, which spoke to the dignity of man that Jesus honored. The liberal agenda strips people of such dignity.

    The continual alteration of the faith to support Marxist nonsense and liberal cynicism is disgusting. One can view history and it tells us how this story ends… with the impoverishment of entire populations and the death of millions.

    The division built on deception and envy that started in the Garden continues today in the class warfare rhetoric of socialists and Marxists. The serpent is alive and well and doing his best to cause unrest and strife.

  6. Roger Wolsey says:

    Taming, it seems to me that you see Marxism wherever you turn. If my observation is accurate, this says more about you than what you look at. As Anais Nin put it, "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
    Moreover, in your last message to me on the other thread, you stated that you had never stated that you weren't a Christian, and yet, here you are saying that. Which is it? Your conflictedness is glaring. Well, at least you're still (very much) engaged and wrestling. Peace.

  7. Roger Wolsey says:

    Taming, BTW Jesus never taught any parables about teaching men to fish for fish; i.e. that's not a Christian parable. Jesus did, however, teach some fishermen how to fish for people. That said, it isn't an either/or situation. It's a both/and situation. You, seem to only see one side of it.

  8. AngelaRaines says:

    I love this so hard. Well done, Colbert, and thanks Wolsey for bringing it to us with your thoughts.

  9. […] love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don?t want to do it.Stephen Colbert…wrote something a while ago called Compassion Can Be Complicated…(the title got changed […]

  10. patrick says:

    i guess you weren't around when Obama said we are not a Christian Nation but we are a Muslim, Budha etc etc nation.

  11. patrick says:

    oh yes and most importantly stated we are an athiest nation

  12. randolphr says:

    Patrick, he was talking about inclusion, he was talking about Freedom of Religion.

    It's one of those important things called Rights.

    They were even collected and written down …. a long time ago.

    They form the very basis of our nation.

    Can you guess what I'm referring to ?