…on mutating Jesus into a capitalist

I just read an opinion article on cnn.com that frankly, made me a bit angry.  In summary, some gentleman decided that “Jesus was a free market capitalist who would vehemently oppose the antisocial Occupy Wall Street lazy people who don’t want to work for a living.”  Aside from his detrimental judgmentalism and ignorance of OWS, as well as his poor theology that opposes Christians fighting for the in-breaking of God’s kingdom on Earth, I was particularly interested in his anachronistic and biased use of his biblical text.  He uses Luke 19, the very parable of Jesus I posted an exegetical paper on my blog.  In my paper, I warned of people making that very error… of using Jesus’ final parable to theologically promote capitalism, which if anything, the text argues against.

Check out the article!  Check out my paper!  (hyperlinks)

Now, don’t get me wrong, politically, I am a “capitalist”.  And I don’t necessarily stand behind everything with the OWS.  But I do, in a sense, stand with some of their ideals, like challenging those who are most responsible for the economic collapse.  And I did find Tony Perkins’ remarks absolutely ridiculous, and I presume most people who read the article did as well.

Jesus came to embody the Kingdom of God, not vouch for a particular

economic/ political system… much less vouch for one that wouldn’t come into existence for well over a thousand years after his death.  Jesus’ life certainly had vast political ramifications.  But I’m pretty sure that didn’t mean telling poor people to acquiesce to the rich or “endorse the principles of business and the free market.”

If Jesus were here today, would He stand in solidarity with the poor and challenge an oppressive and oligarchical economic system, or spray them with mace to chase them off public property?  Read the four gospels,  and consider it.

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4 Responses to …on mutating Jesus into a capitalist

  1. Middle Ground View says:

    Wasn’t Jesus a carpenter before embarking on his messianic career? Do you know how hard it is to run a small builder’s business in ancient Judea? All the taxes and legal permits? I hear he protested the Government so much they nailed him to something.

  2. Yeah I think a good deal of Jesus’ ministry was based off that… the poorest of the poor were being taxed 50% of their meager existence while an oligarchy ran off with all the money. But I would say the closest Jesus got to protesting the government was his violence in the government built Temple (ie photo above).
    Based off my reading of the gospels, it seems less likely that Jesus was pissed off that he had been taxed so much and was more driven by his compassion for the overly taxed peasants and anger towards the religious and economic elite.

  3. Andrew says:

    I saw this too, and I almost posted it to facebook as an example of idiocy…but I didn’t want ot make anyone mad. Thanks for being braver than me!

  4. Yeah Andrew I was pretty timid about it myself since OWS is such tricky and touchy subject.

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