Bernie Sanders Outrages Evangelical Republicans With The Idea Of A Socialist Jesus

We have seen how Bernie Sanders could reach out and change the thinking of at least one Liberty University alum. It is inspiring to know that even those educated by a propaganda factory like Liberty University, can have their eyes opened.

Most, unfortunately, have not been so moved. Interestingly, Christian columnist Chris Queen complained in a column at PJ Media Wednesday that,

“The glaring problem with Sanders’ remarks is that, for a speech intended for an audience at a conservative Christian school, the senator’s words sorely lacked actual scripture.”

You can even make a case against everything Bernie Sanders told the crowd at Liberty University. All you have to do is ignore everything Jesus said:

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24)

“Then [Jesus] said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'” (Luke 12:15)

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20-22) and an accompanying curse on the rich: “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:24).

Sanders is right in line with this thinking:

Yet ignore these words of Jesus is exactly what Queen did in response to Sanders Wednesday, writing that he “God of the Bible is not a socialist.” Because, he claims, Jesus was talking to people, not to governments. People, he fails to mention, who don’t give a sh*t what Jesus said.

Queen rejected Sanders’ embrace of socialism, writing that,

This may come as a shock to Bernie Sanders, but the God of the Bible is not a Socialist. He commands us to take care of the poor, but His commands don’t apply to governments-they belong to individuals, families, churches, and synagogues. We are to help those who need help out of the overflow of our love for God and for each other, not because a tax code or government entity forces us to do so.

I would disagree. Jesus was very much talking to governments, both to the priests who ruled Judea for Rome, and to Rome itself.

They killed him, after all, for sedition. For stirring up trouble.

At the very least, the failure of Christians, and as the Pope himself has pointed out, the churches, to follow Jesus’ teachings, is an indictment of 2,000 years of Christianity, which has always had an inordinate love of money. If Christianity won’t take care of the poor, socialism can and will.

If no socialist country today is a utopia, neither has been any Christian country that has ever existed. Not least because there is a price to be paid for Christian charity.

Throughout history, the Church has demanded, in return for its services, conversion to whatever form of Christianity is handing out the goods. All socialism requires is that you be breathing. I know which I prefer. After all, Jesus didn’t say only poor Jewish people were blessed. If he had, Christians today wouldn’t be such hypocrites when they reject the Pope’s words.

Queen says Jesus is not a socialist. No indeed. He is a capitalist. And not only that, but a capitalist’s capitalist. According to the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, Jesus had capitalism “in his DNA.”

And we shouldn’t forget Glenn Beck, who said social justice is, “a perversion of the gospel.”

Self-described “Christian, patriot and defender of liberty” Bill Flax said in a Forbes op-ed back in 2012 in response to President Obama citing Jesus that “Socialism renders workers slaves to the state.” I suppose that is supposed to be worse than being slaves to belief in the face of provable, contrary facts.

The arguments against a socialist Jesus are each more ludicrous than the last, for example, Jonathan Moseley writing in World Net Daily that Jesus can’t be a socialist because “By ‘socialism,’ we must understand ‘theft.'”

Leave it to those practical Pagan Romans to understand the true nature of capitalism: Caveat emptor – “Let the buyer beware.”

And it is facts, not ideological rantings, that are at issue here. Not only the facts Bernie Sanders lays out in his speeches, but the facts laid out by Jesus in his. You can believe what you want, but as Republicans have repeatedly been told, you are not entitled to your own facts.

The entire debate last night took place in an imaginary universe, as we listened to Republican presidential candidates rail against the situation as it existed at the end of 2008, as though it were Obama and not Bush who had created the mess.

Almost seven critical years were missing from that debate, and Ann Coulter showed what many conservatives actually feel about Jews like Jesus, when she complained in a tweet during the debate,

There are enough, and they mostly vote Democrat, but that’s hardly the point here. Coulter wanted the candidates to talk about how awful poor, impoverished refugees are. Jesus wanted to talk about the last being first, and the first, like her hero, Donald Trump, being last.

None of these people, who purport to champion Jesus’ teachings, get what Bernie Sanders is saying, even though he is coming from that same place Jesus came from, that same place Pope Francis is coming from now. They don’t get Sanders, and because they don’t get Sanders, they don’t get Jesus.

Queen condemns “Bernie Sanders and his ilk” for failing to understand the gospel, and in doing so, condemns “Jesus and his ilk” who, contrary to Evangelical teachings, actually condemned the rich people Evangelicals support. I think somebody is missing an important lesson here – one Jesus clearly taught – and it’s not me.

Or Bernie Sanders.

31 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Outrages Evangelical Republicans With The Idea Of A Socialist Jesus”

  1. But he can he can get the fake Jesus ball washers vote. We were told that. Next I will be told since Cornell West anointed him he has the black vote

  2. As much of an avowed atheist as I am and will always be I have always been a fan of the REAL Jesus the HUMAN not the divine comedian that we are deluged with today. And as far as written scripture you can take the entire Bible and file 13 it, all we need to follow is the sermon on the mound minus the magic sky dude parts.

  3. I am old enough to remember how, in the mid- Fifties, there were similar conservawonks who wanted to censor both the New Testament and Robin Hood because of their socialistic tendancies.

  4. So corporations are people but not government? Seems like I read somewhere that it was government of, for and by the people.

  5. Of course Jesus was not socialist. He had no economic policy at all. How silly. He was talking about values, not systems. Capitalism has reduced extreme poverty in the world far more than other economic systems, so the values of Jesus are well represented in global capitalism, although it is far from perfect.

  6. Scott. Socialism predates Capitalism by many Centuries at least and even Jesus himself. Capitalism did not even exist until the collapse of the Middle Ages/Feudal System.

    Capitalism required cheap resources and labor to even startup. Examples: What would have happened to Capitalism if the English, Spanish, French and Dutch had not been able to “colonize” resource rich territories and were forced to “pay” for the resources fairly; not taken at gun point.

    What if those same Countries had not relied on Slavery for labor and were forced to pay for the labor; especially Southern States in the Americas.

    BTY. I was raised Southern Baptist and Presbyterian and am completely disgusted with the idea of praising the rich at the expense of the poor, the lame or the sick. Values indeed.

  7. ” no public man in these islands ever believes the bible means what it says: they are always convinced that it means what they say” George Bernard Shaw

  8. Jesus and his diciples lived in a communist fashion, that is to say, they pooled all their money and used it to pay for all needs. This worked well, even with a Treasurer who was dishonest. But, the Christ centered majotity of this commune had a leader who was perfect, was infallable. It worked. But lets look at recent history: How well did it work for the poor of USSR? China? How do the poor of Capitalist Nations compare to those in Socialist Nations? We all know, We all remember lines in USSR just to get staples of food. The misrepresentation here is two-fold. No, Jesus did not favor the poor over the rich. He favores everyone. He disliked those who were greedy, those who used power to ruin other people. Secondly, the writer assumes that those who prefer Capitalism do so to support the rich, when, in fact, they only have an opinion, supported by recent history, that Capitalism works better for everyone. In the end, Jesus would perfer what works best for everyone in this World.

  9. So Brad:
    “No, Jesus did not favor the poor over the rich. He favores everyone. He disliked those who were greedy, those who used power to ruin other people.”

    So in other words, he disliked the rich, as they were greedy and kept the money, rather than using it to help others, and used power to create an oppressed worker class, or in fact used slaves if they didnt even want to pay for workers….

    WHY do people need to be billionaires?
    Answer. They dont.

  10. An unsaved writer reporting on what an unsaved JEWish politician says Jesus or the New Testament says?

    That carries a lot of weight.

    Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13

  11. Republicans have a Jesus made up in their minds to suit their agenda. Unfortunately its not the same Jesus from the King James Bible.

    GOP loves war- Jesus hates war.

    GOP loves guns- Jesus said, “you live by the sword, you die by the sword”.

    GOP loves Billionaires- Jesus said, “Its easier for a rich man to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven”.

    The Bible will always show that the Republican party is not the party of Jesus. Don’t be fooled by the GOP’s rhetoric.

  12. I hate to have to say this but ignorance seems to be spreading: Corporations are made up of people who have values. Jesus was a Jew. Bernie is a Jew, although he doesn’t say much about it. I would have been disappointed if, in going to Liberty university which is a strange name for an conservative evangelical organization of any kind, and quoted the NT Scripture. Practical application of the words and teachings of Jesus is a good idea. Bernie has good ideas.

    I make my voting according to the Christian Gospel, not just the scriptures quoted above. I preach the word ‘context’ often.
    I look at ideas of the political party, PAC, person and philosophical ideology. I compare it/them to that Gospel (that’s good news, huh?). Particular issues might not fit. but that’s the way it goes. I vote accordingly. I don’t know anyone who likes paying taxes. I earned it, I should get to keep it. But I’m willing to give it for the greater good.

  13. It’s not that hard to read the Bible, and discover that Jesus Christ’s values were pretty much the opposite of Pat Robertson’s values. One doesn’t have to be a Christian to do that.

  14. “He commands us to take care of the poor, but His commands don’t apply to governments-they belong to individuals, families, churches, and synagogues.” Does he think that without people the government would still exist? A government is just a group of people running things for yet more people. So when you speak to all people YES you are speaking to governments. BECAUSE THEY ARE PEOPLE.

  15. No socialism has NOT done Christianity better. Christianity was never meant to create a dependent class whose votes can be bought by raiding the national treasury on their behalf as socialism does. This goes for corporate welfare as as well. Christianity was never meant to run up trillions of dollars in deficits in order to keep the people trapped in a lifestyle of dependency and poverty as socialism does wherever it is tried. If we had a growing economy, there would be less of a need for Christian charity. But alas, socialism is against growth because it lessens peoples need for THEM. So please stop comparing socialism to Christianity. Now if you want to correct the church, tell them to stop blowing money on fancy buildings.

  16. Wait… “He commands us to take care of the poor, but His commands don’t apply to governments-they belong to individuals, families, churches, and synagogues.”

    Then why are “Christians” forcing their god into my laws? If god wasn’t speaking to governments then why am i forced to wait for an abortion? Why is “in god we trust” on my money when i do not trust in any god? “Christians” certainly think the hate in their religion was commanded of governments so why isn’t the nice stuff also commanded of governments?

  17. Your examples of socialism are communism. Both China and the former USSR are/were Communist nations. Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist. NOT a communist.

  18. Evangelicals are Christian? They do not sound like they know the Christianity (love, tolerance & compassion) I was taught, or any part of the philosophy the Christ espoused.

  19. Jesus clearly taught to take care of the poor, the sick, the unemployed and to provide a respectable wage. A laborer is worthy of his hire, he taught.

    He did in fact tell government to provide health care in the Good Samaritan parable. The lawyer, the lawmaker of that time, after hearing what the Samaritan did, was told by Jesus to go and do likewise.

    Benjamin Franklin recognized this about the public hospital in Philadelphia, and he even cited the Good Samaritan parable. In fact, the logo on the hospital was of the Good Samaritan.

    Republicans like to use the pejorative term “Obamacare” when it could more properly be called Good Samaritan Care. For them to do so would undermine their religious right base. Unfortunately, too many Democrats don’t seem to understand this.

    The fact is, Republicans don’t like the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus because those teachings are too liberal for them.

  20. I think this is the best article I have ever seen here. It is quite simply breathtaking. Thank you, Hrafnkell Haraldsson

  21. I’m an atheist and even I know the story of Jesus entering the temple and overturning the tables of the moneychangers (bankers, basically – apparently ‘too big to fail’ hadn’t been invented yet).
    All 4 gospels mention it:
    Mark 11:15-19
    Matthew 21:12-17
    Luke 19:45-48
    John 2 13-16

    Yes, I read.

    The values of today’s supposed ‘Christians’ are in no way a reflection of those of the biblical Christ that they purport to follow.

  22. Jesus was clear about greed: it is spiritual disaster. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven…. because the rich put their faith and trust in money, power and wealth — not God. He condemned the hypocrisy of the high priests who dressed lavishly in long robes, ate the best, sat in the best seats and made long prayers in public, all while foreclosing on widow’s homes. Their pseudo piety was going to land them in Hell. Just sayin….

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