Jesus the Liberal


Where do the religious right get their self-righteous superiority from?  Their deep and unmoving belief in their own moral supremacy? 

I’m always confused when the Christian right-wing disparagingly blames every social ill on the liberal/lefties. They even blame acts of Islamic terrorism on liberal values.  Don’t they realise that their main man was the ultimate liberal progressive who would be mortified to know that people use his name to support their very un-Christian social attitudes; that persons of enormous power have used his name to go to war based on lies?

Jesus was the founder, albeit unwittingly, of a global religious movement based on those very liberal values that the Conservative Christians love to deride. The teachings he asked his followers to abide by were fundamentally liberal.  His life ethos was that of caring for the poor – the less fortunate.  Of healing and helping.  His whole philosophy for living was based on compassion and humanity.  Of pacifism and peace.  Of tolerance, inclusion and equality. 

He totally rejected the vengeful eye for an eye, judgemental attitudes that are, generally speaking, typical traits of the Christian right.  He opposed the massive wealth-building, power-wielding materialism that is much more natural to the evangelical right wing Bush-types.  He asked his followers to reject aggressive war-mongering and seek the non-violent peaceful path. 

None of us are perfect.  Not the Christian right nor the liberal/left.  We’ve all got it wrong. We all get taken up by self-absorbed materialistic pleasures which often make us selfish and mean individuals.  But whether we believe in a God or not…whether we follow a religion or we don’t – if we made efforts to abide by some of the social teachings attributed to Jesus it would be a pretty good life ethos to live by, wouldn’t it.  And the world would be a better place, wouldn’t it.

Jesus (and Gandhi) – if only.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Earthpal, I found you following links from Shirley and misslionheart (whom I don’t really know). And boy can you preach the gospel of peace! Thanks.

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  2. Thanks Helen.

    The “gospel of peace” is universal and simple. For me, it’s not religious or spiritual or secular even.

    It’s what it is.

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  3. Ghandi said something like “if more Christians were like their Christ then the world would be a better place”. Very true. I cannot think that Jesus looks down in pride when he sees the conservative right and the things they do in His name.

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  4. Great post, I really like it when the religious Christians rely on a bunch of Old Testament quotes for their arguments and mostly ignore the New Testament that their religion is founded upon. I guess if they tried to follow the teachings of Jesus from the New Testament they would not be able to get away with as much?

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  5. Posted by copacetic on July 28, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Now, let’s not over-generalize. A handful of bad apples always seem to spoil the bunch, as far as the media and ‘far left’ are concerned. There are a lot of us Christians who DO strive to live by Jesus’ teachings.

    As a matter of fact, the most far-right-wing people I know are not Christians, and they are greedy, selfish people whom I really don’t want to be associated with.

    Also, I know a good number of Christians who are democrats, and “almost” democrats, like me.

    I try not to ever throw the baby out with the bathwater, presidentially speaking – I always pray for our presidents, no matter who they are or what they believe. But, I can certainly say I don’t personally like Bush and I disagree with most of his policies.

    Anyway, I just wanted to put a plug in for the less-vocal (but probably the majority) of Chrisians who ARE good, loving, caring people.

    Very well-written blog, by the way.

    God bless. 🙂

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  6. Thanks for the comments.

    Hi copacetic – I acknowledge that most Christians are “good, loving, caring people” and not all right wingers are Christian. My main gripe is aimed at the Christian Right who, in are in my opinion, hypocritical to the extreme when their values are in total conflict with the very nature of Jesus and then claim they are acting in his name. And just to rub the salt in, they have the nerve to tirelessly deride and blame liberal values.

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