Stop Trying to Fit Jesus into Your Partisan Political Box

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.

"These be thy gods, O Israel..." - Exodus 32:8


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About Food for the Thinkers

My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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6 Responses to Stop Trying to Fit Jesus into Your Partisan Political Box

  1. Blake4Liberty says:

    Excellent post!

  2. Erin Dunn says:

    Thank you for making an effort to educate Christians about Libertariansim and Libertarians about Christianity. I have only recently learned what it means to be Libertarian, and I find that it fits better with my Christianity than any other political ideology. Although I think that, as with any other group, Libertarianism isn’t a rigidly defined set of ideas, I think the overall ideas are what most accurately represent my views. Keep up the good work.

  3. Jin says:

    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. Sounds more like capitalism. And Jesus was socialist =P.

  4. Earl says:

    the idea that theft and covetousness are the twin pillars of socialism only shows your ignorance and bias, and the fact is while he long precates socialism as an ideology there is a considerable overlap between his teaching and it’s tenets.

    • Where does Jesus ever advocate forcibly taking from one person to give to another, under penalty of fines prison or death? This in a nutshell is what taxation is. This in a nutshell is socialism.

      If socialism is not the forced redistribution of wealth and property, then what is it? Again, where does Jesus ever advocate this.

      • Ben Korsmo says:

        I see neither one of these nitwits has been able to reply coherently, even though they have had 6 months to do so. Keep up your excellent work. Some of us still have the ability to understand the obvious.

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