Jesus was a Socialist

Today on the front page of the New York Times web site was a photograph of a crowd of angry right-wingers who had flown to D. C. to protest the health care bills currently before congress. One man was carrying a sign that said “No Socialized Health Care.” Well, I, for one, want socialized medicine, and something considerably more “socialized” than what is currently being proposed. But looking at that photograph, my strongest feeling was that the ideology of the men and women in that photograph needs to be thoroughly discredited. They call themselves religious, but they oppose real religious ideals whenever they encounter them. If he were one of their contemporaries, they would be calling their beloved Jesus a “socialist.” Jesus told the rich man to sell everything he owned and give it to the poor. If that’s not advocating redistribution of the wealth, what is?

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5 Responses to “Jesus was a Socialist”

  1. Piper Says:

    There’s a guy online who contemplates these same ideas. His name is Suelo. His web site is Living Without Money. http://sites.google.com/site/livingwithoutmoney/

  2. Truth Seeker Says:

    I totally agree with you. Jesus clearly thought it was wrong for some people to live in wasteful luxury while others starved. An example of his real feelings about this can be found at Luke 6:24, where he says “woe to you who are rich.” Why don’t we ask these “Christian conservatives” what they think about that statement?

  3. Margaret Says:

    I’ve noticed that genuine Christians (by this I mean those who are kind and good and actually follow Jesus’s teachings, not bullies and bigots) seem to be those who just quietly and instinctively do the right thing. They don’t blab away congratulating themselves about how devout they are. From this I gather that a person’s Christianity exists in inverse proportion to the amount of time he spends gasing on and on about it.

    • markbittner Says:

      Yes, and Jesus says the same thing when he talks about people who fast openly and pray in public so that others will notice them. The real people are always more modest about what they’re doing.

      I quote Jesus a lot because we live in a country of non-practicing Christians, people who would denounce Christ today if he came down the streets saying the same things he said back then, and I think that needs to be pointed out. But I spend much more time reading Buddha and the Tao Te Ching than I do the Bible. I find the Bible a highly unreliable mishmash of the true and the false. Someday I’ll do a long post about that. I’m too busy with my own book to go into that territory as deeply as I’d like to. And when it comes to the Bible and Christianity, if you don’t explain your stand thoroughly, some people have terrible fits.

  4. Thoma Lile Says:

    I don’t know anything about Jesus, but I am currently experiencing what not having enough money for health care is like, and it is bad. I fell down some stairs in November 2009 and tore both menisci and the ACL in my left knee. It is almost February, and I am still hobbling around on crutches trying to save the $3,000 the orthopedic surgeon requires before he will perform the surgery I need so that I can walk again. My insurance has paid almost nothing. All the insurance has accomplished is previously-negotiated discounted prices for a few expenses that still came out of my pocket, and none of this has gotten me closer to having surgery.
    What really troubles me about the current health care fiasco in the U.S. is that it is part of our cultural acceptance that to maintain our economy some of our citizens and residents will be sacrificed. The sacrifice is multifaceted. It happens when we allow otherwise productively employed and satisfied workers to be laid off as we outsource their jobs to other countries to pad corporate bottom lines. It happens when we allow people like me to go without medical care because otherwise the insurance companies would make less money. It happens when we entice undocumented workers to come here to work for low pay at menial jobs while denying them a voice in our society.
    The argument that we must protect our corporations to protect the people working for the corporations doesn’t hold water. Other countries are able to take care of their citizens while still upholding a decent standard of living, educating their people, and exporting their corporation’s products.
    Dogmatic economists, greedy capitalists, power-hungry militarists, fame-seeking talking heads, and hypocritical politicians continue to conspire to promote a fundamentally unhealthy American culture that allows its people to fall by the wayside not for the common good, but for the enrichment of a few. I am a victim of this conspiracy, one of many victims.

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