“Mixing religion and politics is like mixing ice cream and manure. It doesn’t do much to the manure but it sure does ruin the ice cream.” Tony Campolo
Was Jesus A Liberal Or A Conservative?
Well, claiming Jesus for one side or the other is absolute foolishness. He rules outside of all our boxes; religious and political alike. Assuming that he thinks like us proves that our opinions are our lord, not him.
A 2012 study found that U.S. Christians on both sides of the ideological divide believe Jesus is more compassionate than they are.
Liberal Christians tend to believe that Jesus is more conservative than they are on moral issues, while conservative Christians believe he is more liberal.
The survey and study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that, “Liberal and conservative Christians also tend to believe that the matters most important to Jesus are the same ones most important to them.”
I’m glad there’s a study to prove this, but I’m sure Facebook and Twitter have demonstrated this to you already.
The key is this, to assume that one agenda represents him better than another one, dismisses the fact that Jesus works for one agenda, and one agenda only… the Kingdom of God, manifested in His love.
When we pray, “Let your kingdom come” we are likewise praying, “Let my kingdom go.”
So, in order to deconstruct the lie that lives inside all of us, which screams, “I’m RIGHT!” …
Here are the 5 Quotes That Prove Jesus Is A Liberal:
1. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
No to war.
2. “Love your enemies.”
All your enemies.
3. “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24
Careful with prosperity.
Give to the poor.
4. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21
Don’t complain about taxes.
Be cool with the separation of church and state.
5. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:34-36
Give to the needy.
Here are the 5 Quotes That Prove Jesus Is A Conservative:
1. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” Luke 19:8
Giving is voluntary, not forced.
2. Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” Matthew 19:5
Man and women marriage.
3. “Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” John 5:14
Sin is serious.
Beware of its consequences.
4. “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:30
5. “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Not “A” way but “The” way.
The ultimate truth, in love.
Listen, the words of Jesus could be interpreted as both liberal and/or conservative in one single verse. Seriously, when he saved the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, he said to her: “Neither do I condemn you (liberal), now go and sin no more (conservative).” John 8:11
Yes, Jesus cares about politics.
But not our kind of politics.
Our liberal and conservative agendas are in opposition to the agenda of Christ. We want to make it work… but it just doesn’t. Neither the elephant nor the donkey can represent the lamb.
It’s up to us.
Not to create a new way to be politically Christian, but to follow the politics of Christ.
Come on church, we have to stop this ridiculous battle to try to prove how much better we are at interpreting scripture. We need to eliminate the small divisions of politics and focus on the greater works of Christ. We can be family… even while voting differently.
Just ask the disciples of Jesus.
You had Matthew the tax collector who worked for the Roman empire and Simon the Zealot who wanted to destroy them. Jesus loved them both. Chose them both. Empowered them both.
The key is conversation.
The need is honor.
The time is now.
The issues of abortion, racial inequality, gun violence and terrorism (and all others we care about) are radically important, that is why we need Jesus to save us.
Yes, the Gospel is the good news for all involved these issues. And if that’s not the news you want to hear, then stick to NBC or CNN or Fox, and leave the Kingdom of God above it all.
Because trust me (and I can guarantee you this one)… Jesus is already above.
“The kingdom of Christ is the most revolutionary politics — perhaps the only truly revolutionary politics — the world has ever seen. Unlike all other political agendas, the supreme value of the politics of Jesus is not power, but love. Jesus rejects the politics of power for the politics of love.”
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