Jesus was Progressive AF!
What would Jesus do? The Book of Matthew is one of the best places to answer this question. In it, Jesus is often in his own words, so one need not guess. Like when asked for the most important commandment…
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
All you need is love? Really Jesus? What a hippie?!
Yup. Jesus was about that life. Careful examination of Jesus’s words reveal that Jesus was a progressive. He was an unapologetic pascifist who believed in animal rights. He rejected the death penalty and love of material wealth. He asked that his fellow men be received with kindness and he marveled at the hypocrisy of those who merely speak of such deeds. He even healed people for free?! What the fuck Jesus!?! Sounds like socialism to me.
If Jesus were alive today he would be a progressive. Don’t take my word for it. Read the Book of Matthew. Here’s ten Jesus quotes that one could easily mistake for Bernie Sanders stump speeches:
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9
- Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:26
- And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matthew 6:5
- Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35
- Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:1-2
- Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew: 11:28
- But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.” Matthew 12:7
- 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
- Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Matthew 23:28
- For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Matthew 25:34-43
On days like today I am reminded of my early education in Catholic schools. I am thankful that I was taught these principles as a young man. They have informed me and countless others through their lives and I sincerely believe that anyone regardless of their faith can live a better life through observing these principles.