posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 09:01 PM
Why is it that so many Christians in America are conservative? Isn't this completely antithetical to the teachings of Christ? I have seen some
liberals go so far as to call Jesus the first communist. I understand that a core principle of Marx is that religion is the opium of the people
however there are many similarities.
I realize Jesus never directly advocated tax and spend or the forced redistribution of wealth although he clearly was an advocate of altruism in
it's purest form.
I just don't understand how a self proclaimed Christian can not be an altruist or at least have altruistic principles. I understand that there are
many conservatives who donate generous amounts to charities and this is an altruistic act, however they remain radically opposed to the distribution
of wealth on a larger scale.
You cannot serve both God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]
I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God [Matthew 19:23-24]
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the
things that are God's. [Matthew 22:21]
If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39]
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed,
because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]
In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and other
sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle;
he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.]
Watch out! Be on your guard against
all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.]
So to sum it up, here is three questions.
-Do you think Jesus was a liberal?
-If not, can you provide evidence that he was a conservative?
-How do you justify your own wealth or conservative princicples with Christian ideology?