By Doug Newman
This picture has been making its way around recently. It was posted by a Facebook group called “American’s Against the Tea Party.”
Jesus was not a socialist. He condemns theft and covetousness, i.e. the twin pillars of socialism, as evil – Mark 7:22. Other than kicking the moneychangers out of the Temple, He never initiated force.
Indeed, He had no political agenda, either left-wing or right-wing.
When Satan, the prince of this world, offered Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world,” Jesus rejected the offer – Matthew 4:8-10. Hence, He would have been appalled by America’s troop presence in 140 countries, and its endless aggression and warmongering.
Jesus would not fit into either the left-wing or right-wing mold. His Kingdom is “not of this world” – John 18:36.
Left and right? Liberalism and conservatism? These are worldly philosophies and thus doomed to failure – I Corinthians 1:19-20. Christians are not supposed to yoke themselves unequally with worldly political factions – II Corinthians 6:14.
Stop trying to fit Jesus into your partisan political box. Instead, examine your own worldview and political beliefs. If they don’t measure up to Christ’s Teachings, change how you think.
I have had to do this many times in my life.