25 October 2008


I’ve recently read a lot of articles, blogs and post stating that a certain tax plan proposed by a certain candidate has all the makings of a Socialist platform, because it will “spread the wealth around”. Of most concern to me is that this message is being promulgated by a party, that in all due respect, garners the most attention (and donations) from conservative Christians. My reason for concern is that is seems to be antithetical to the preaching’s of Christ. (In the hopes of preventing any misrepresentations I have included the entire excerpt from the New International Version (NIV) Bible):

Luke, Chapter 19 
18A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'[b]" 21"All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. 22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" 27Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." 28Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!" 29"I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."

My struggle comes with the comments of what I consider to be good, upstanding Christians making disparaging remarks about their fellow man and countering the Teacher of their faith. In the parable before this, Christ talks about children.

Luke, Chapter 19 
15People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

If a child were to read the first parable and relate that directly to today’s situation, what would they say? Children have a very unique perspective on the world: right and wrong. That doesn’t mean they always do right, but they know the difference and it is simple. Which is what Jesus was talking about in the latter example: We must take these truths as simply as a child or we will never enter Paradise.

How can Christians be at odds with their beliefs? If anything, shouldn’t the more liberal party be the one that eschews the teachings of Jesus for their own worldly beliefs? Please understand, these are rhetorical question. There is no right answer, so please don’t post. All I ask is that people think before they act.



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