A Gospel for Liberals
Considering the historical     Jesus in light of today’s most controversial social Issues
 

Jesus Was Political

Jesus was a liberal, and if he were alive today in the U.S. he would most certainly vote Democrat!  Then again, his staunch refusal to participate in unjust systems may preclude him from voting at all, but if he were to vote, given the limitations of our two-party system, his values would leave him no choice but to vote Democrat, and all true followers of Jesus ought to feel morally compelled to do the same!  This may not have always been true, and may change in the future should other viable political parties emerge, or should Republican and Democratic values reverse as they have in the past.  But given the GOP’s current platform generally favoring laws against abortion, flag burning, habeas corpus, marriage equality, the separation of Church and State, the environment, and welfare, and those supporting corporate greed, an elitist economy, capital punishment, war, torture, and imprisonment without due process, it seems impossible, given his teachings, that anyone professing the name of Jesus could vote Republican!
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By telling seditious parables like these, Jesus, often satirically, tried to expose the causes underlying the many social, economic, and political injustices of his day.  Since it was unlikely most of those being exploited would ever have the real opportunity to confront the invisible elite responsible for their harsh circumstances, he allowed them to do so, vicariously, through his many mutinous stories.  His Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, in which a rich man suffering in Hell begs for a drink of water from a poor man he had exploited in life, further develops Jesus’ theme concerning the impossible chasm between the elite and those they disenfranchise.  The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, in which a man, desperate to pay his debts, takes his frustration out on those who owe him money, illustrates the perpetual injustices stemming from “trickle-down economics.” The Parable of the Talents pertains to those who are constantly under pressure to increase the profits of their superiors, and exposes the plight of those who don’t.  There’s also his Parable of the Unjust Judge, about a destitute widow who must fight for justice from a man who expects a bribe.  Stories like these abound in the Gospels.  It is difficult to accept that Jesus would have so habitually alluded to examples of corruption, greed, exploitation, and injustice, merely to make some esoteric or otherworldly point!  He was clearly political—a fact, that ended up costing him his life.  The only real question for us today regards the true nature of his politics.  Did he represent the conservative ideas of fundamentalist Christianity that twist his teachings to prop up the exploitative system he died fighting against?  Or were his values more progressive?  It is the aim of this book to show that he was decidedly liberal and, if he were around today, given the limited choices, he would, undoubtedly, vote accordingly!