Facts about Jesus that are Inconvenient for American Liberals and Progressives
A refutation of various things said about Jesus by people with “progressive” or “liberal” agendas who follow Jesus only when it is convenient to them.
Jesus was a radical, a revolutionary, a progressive. Jesus was (or claimed to be) God. Any rational human being would find that to be radical.
Jesus was nonviolent and preached non-violence. Wrong. Jesus promised war, violence and division. Matthew 10:34–36: Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
Unity of humanity, world peace, a brotherhood of man… all pipe dreams. Even Jesus recognized this. He knew that his message would result in sons turned against fathers, daughters turned against mothers, brothers against brothers.
Because that’s what happens. Wrong rebels against right. Special interests find enmity among those who oppose those interests.
Not to mention that time that the “nonviolent” Jesus overturned tables in a temple and chased people with a whip.
Jesus denounced wealth and demanded the redistribution of wealth. The person claiming this will point to Luke 18:18–27. Jesus tells a young man, “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me.” The wealthy man walks away, saddened at the prospect of sacrificing his wealth. Jesus thus observes, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Jesus did not order this man to sell his possessions. This is much unlike the progressive who would impose a hefty income tax or confiscate wealth from those who had acquired it rightfully. This man can choose to divest his possessions and follow Jesus. But he doesn’t want to. He cannot bear to part with his wealth, even to follow Jesus. This passage isn’t about wealth but about materialism; it is the love of money and things that keep us from salvation.
Jesus promised inequality of wealth and income. He told his followers that those who used and invested their resources would receive more, while those who greedily protected theirs would lose it (Matthew 25:14–30).
Jesus did not judge, condemn or shame people for their sins. (Matthew 7:1–2) Ah yes, that statement that is so often taken out of context and used to admonish others: Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. People take this statement and then use it to lecture others not to judge. But that’s not what Jesus is teaching. The verses that follow clarify that Jesus does allow us to judge others:
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” and behold, the log is in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
“Take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Not “leave the speck in his eye because you are not qualified to take it out because you had a log in your own eye.” In other words, clean up your own situation first. Then you will be qualified to help your brother clean up his situation. And in fact you should do so. However (going back to verse 2), if you choose to judge others, you will be held to the same standard that you hold others to. Which is completely reasonable.
By the way, when Jesus forgives the harlot, he tells her to go and sin no more. No shame, but a clear instruction to change.
Jesus never mentioned abortion or birth control. The Bible doesn’t indicate that Jesus made any sort of effort to address every social or cultural issue that would arise in the millennial after his departure. Instead, Jesus delegated that task to the apostles and their successors. He gave the church that would succeed him the right to address social and cultural issues that would arise.
Jesus never fought for tax cuts. He said in plain language to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. He also never said to delegate our job of caring for humanity to the government. This talking point needs to be turned back on the point of the talker, who usually insists that individuals remit their resources to the government in the name of helping the poor.
Jesus never called the poor lazy. Once again, see Matthew 25:14–30. The lazy person who does nothing with what he is given gets punished. The people who made money got rewarded. (Also take a look at 2 Thessalonians 3:10. No freebies there, even from the government.)
Jesus never asked a leper for a copay. Being God, Jesus could give out all the free health care that he wanted. As for the rest of us, that health care never invents nor administers itself. Someone has to pay for it.
Jesus denounced public prayer. (Matthew 6:5) Wrong again. This particular verse specifically addresses making a spectacle of oneself with one’s prayer.
Jesus wasn’t American and never spoke English. Just like 96% of all people who ever walked the earth. So?
Jesus was a Jew. Western intellectuals stood by and watched while Hitler slaughtered the Jews. Modern elitists stand by and write garbage about Jesus while Christians do, and continue to do, the real work of saving and redeeming humanity.