Why Jesus is not a liberal…

I feel somewhat embarrassed that this discussion even has to be entered–anyone who would claim Jesus as a part of any earthly contrived orthodoxy shows just how little the one making the claim really knows about the tenets of His teachings and Christianity.  But since they brought it up, it can’t hurt to look at His teachings and see what His true intent was and why any kind of coercion from government or any other entity is antithetical to Christ’s teachings and Christianity.

I have studied religion, in school at Texas Christian University, and as the son of a Methodist minister.  I have searched for any hint that Jesus would be for the forced confiscation of people’s property for redistribution–to the poor or anyone else.  His exhortations relate solely to the individual and his/her relationship with God. He does indeed instruct that the rich will have problems entering the Kingdom of Heaven–but he never exhorts Rome or Herod to confiscate all the wealth in Judea and redistribute it to the poor or criticize them for not having done so. Nor does he ask that the rich give Him their money for redistribution He and/or His disciples would find acceptable. His lessons all revolve around the voluntary charity of individuals, selling what they have and helping others on a personal basis–not instituting some confiscatory scheme that would merely move the money from the pockets of the rich to some central figure or organization for redistribution. That defeats the entire purpose of His teachings and provides a coercive force no better than Rome’s. It removes any sense of obligation or morality as a human being and replaces it with a formula that homogenizes all giving and replaces an obligation to God with an obligation to the government.

These facts alone provide as much proof as is possible that Jesus did not seek to collectively confiscate individuals’ property for redistribution–but relied on the conscience and humanity of the giver to do what was right without any threat or coercion.  And this is completely antithetical to leftist/liberal doctrine.


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