That’s the advice I would give to whomever it was who came up with the following inaccurate-on-oh-so-many-levels sanctimonious Liberal claptrap:
Sigh. Honestly, the lenses through which this person views Jesus is so burdened with not just modern interpretations and ideologies, but a serious, serious lack of basic Biblical knowledge.
I know there are other things going on, especially the recent terror attacks occurring in our country – again. Of course, these same people are often apologists for those who wish to do us harm, getting on their high horses and demonstrating that, just like with Christianity, they don’t know squat about radical or fundamentalist Islam. But still, this grabbed my attention.
Lets take a look at this claim from the beginning. Jesus was not homeless. His home was in Capernaum. Just because he was, in essence, an itinerant preacher does not mean he was homeless. That is a logical leap that ends in a fall.
Next up is the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian. Jesus was NOT a Palestinian. Palestine as we understand it today did not exist in the same way in the day of Jesus. But then there is this: Jesus was a JEW, a glaring fact the author missed COMPLETELY, from Nazarene, as well as being of the line of King David and Abraham (in accordance with the prophesy about the Messiah). So, yeah – he wasn’t a Palestinian as we understand them today.
Jesus was NOT an anarchist. An anarchist, by definition, does not abide any authority. Jesus routinely affirmed the Ten Commandments, his Father’s authority, as well as adding commandments of his own (“love thy neighbor as thyself,” for instance). And according to the Apostle Paul, adhering to the laws of government was expected and required of Christians and non-Christians alike.
The charge that the temples were “oppressive” and that Jesus “protested” against them is quite the stretch. The salient event to which this person was referring was the story of Jesus overturning the money tables at the temple. Just the one, I might add. His point wasn’t the “oppression” as I suspect the person who came up with the pithy exclamation above meant it. It was more about how the temple was being defiled. From John 2: 13 – 16:
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Uh, yeah – that doesn’t sound like an anarchist or someone protesting an “oppressive temple,” but one righteously angry that the Temple was being used like a farmer’s market as opposed to a place of worship.
And it was the event at the Temple that led to Jesus being arrested and handed over to the authorities. But to call him a TERRORIST is just a tad (read: tremendous) bit of a stretch. He was taken by the Jewish authorities and handed over to Pontius Pilate. From Matthew 27: 15 – 23:
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.[c] 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.
19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
Hardly the trial of a terrorist charged with crimes against the state. Even Pilate knew that the clamoring horde was acting more like some groups today rather than adhering to the law – nowhere close to the same thing as being “executed for crimes against the state.” Pilate famously said he washed his hands of the crucifixion of Jesus, and the mob gleefully claimed they would take it on (Matthew: 25 – 26).
And the claim about “universal healthcare” is just silly. Equally silly is the claim that Jesus called for the “redistribution of wealth.” Such a claim is indicative of the dangers of putting 21st century ideologies onto exhortations based on Jewish law from two thousand years ago. That is to say, the pithy liberal does not understand the societal, cultural, historical, sociological, and historical times in which Jesus was speaking. No doubt, the Biblical verse used to support that claim is from Matthew 5: 38 – 42:
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
This is not a call to “wealth redistribution,” but for a change in Judaic law and the code of Hammurabi. That is to not retaliate when someone does something to you (this excellent Commentary goes into much greater detail than I can here. I highly recommend it to further explain the language Jesus was using and why.). And the admonition to help the poor is to make the point that it is not the job of the Government, but of the people and the Church/Temple/Community (a point about which I was reminded this morning). That is the exact opposite of wealth redistribution.
The bottom line is this: if you are going to concoct some ideologically based statement to try and make a political point using Jesus, try doing some research first instead of just making crap up to suit your political bent.Heck, you don’t even need to have a seminary degree like I have. You can use the Internet to do some searches to make sure you aren’t making a complete fool of yourself.
Oh, wait – I forgot. Why let facts influence opinion? I imagine that the person who said s/he would wait for the answer wouldn’t listen to it anyway because it doesn’t fit the preconceived, fact-less meme they are pushing. But hey, I had to try.
I could go on, but I’ll leave it up to you now. Thoughts? Quips? This is an Open Thread, so have at it about this or all that is going on in the world these days.