Jesus as Obama

I saw the statement below and thought that it fairly well fits the images of both men.

Many of the regular readers and contributors of this blog know that I have been searching for the meaning of religion in the lives of The People for some time- especially in the lives of Americans. I have been examining the paradox I see in the people who belong to Christian churches here in the U.S. and their political views and I find a great disconnect. That list of beatitudes in Matthew and Luke as well as the commandment to ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ do not seem to be reflected in the politics of many Christians- and woefully so the further to the right one moves on the political spectrum.

I am reminded of the artist’s composite of the face of Jesus and I think of what right-wing Christians might think of a man like this walking through their neighborhood.

Would a neighborhood watch team call the cops?  Would the police ask him for his citizenship papers? Would the TSA take him to a holding room at the airport for further questioning?

A foreign-born socialist giving away free health care! A revolutionary! Communist! “Get a job!”  “Go back where you came from!” “You don’t belong in this neighborhood!”

How can groups of Christians have such diverse views of the man called Jesus of Nazareth? What’s up with that? Why would one group of Christians cheer the Affordable Health Care Act while another group of Christians disdain it and call for its repeal?

Why would one group of Christians wish to give unemployed workers benefits during their time without work while another group of Christians want to cut those benefits?

Why does one group of Christians wish to protect the well-to-do while another group of Christians wish to make sure that all of the citizens share in the accumulated wealth?

Why does one group of Christians make laws and vote to ban the civil rights of the citizens?

Why do groups of Christians promote destruction of the earth and its environment?

Why do groups of Christians want less education for children and less protection for their parents at the workplace?

Why do groups of Christians want to build fences and walls to keep ‘those people’ out?

Why do groups of Christian support the death penalty?

Why indeed?

Are there 2 separate and diverse versions of the gospels? Does it all depend on interpretation? Does it depend on the viewpoint of the reader? The reader’s personal circumstances?

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Jesus as Obama

  1. Luckily for Jesus that he was born years before and far away from Florida in the 21st century, of he might have had someone pull a Castle Doctrine defense on him because of the way he was suspiciously holding some some loaves and fishes.

    1. …and if one loves the neighbor as self, then one would want for that neighbor what one has for himself. But that’s way-too difficult and thus, worshiping the Christ is a hell of a lot easier than following Jesus.

  2. “That list of beatitudes in Matthew and Luke as well as the commandment to ‘Love one another as I have loved you’”

    Per our previous comments about what the words are that Jesus
    supposedly said, is the above considered his words, or are they
    words put into his mouth by his followers? Is Jesus’ scruples real or myth? Secondly, my friends, if we don’t accept christianity then why are we still quoting it? Are we saying that we cannot have any
    ethics or morality without christianity, therefore, a religion? Is humankind unable to distinguish right and wrong on their own?

    1. Well, who knows what his words really were? As I pointed out several months ago, the Jesus Seminar [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Seminar] ‘settled’ on a few hundred quotes probably directly attributable to Jesus. That’s all I know.

      But to your second point, ‘why are we quoting it?’ I suppose because ‘they’ are and if ‘they’ are then we have to have a common language if we wish to engage in dialogue or debate.

      Your third question: Is humankind unable to distinguish right and wrong on their own? Sans religion? Yes, I believe, because socialization is key to humanness and the ‘requirement’ of living in community is that children are taught how to act within the community and one does not need a Deity and such to do that. [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/magazine/can-you-call-a-9-year-old-a-psychopath.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120513]

  3. “Obama is not a foreign-born socialist giving away free healthcare.”

    That’s true. Obamacare isn’t “free” and Obama isn’t the one giving it away. It comes at a tremendous cost, and that cost is to be borne by certain taxpayers. Obama is merely taking credit as if this was a personal gift from him (or maybe you’d like to share a link to the speech in which he gratefully acknowledges the source of funding for his “signature legislation. No?).

    One has to wonder how many people could be given health insurance if the Obamas were to offer up their millions and live as simply as Jesus did. I don’t think we’re ever going to find out. So much for the comparison.

    1. It comes at a tremendous cost, and that cost is to be borne by certain taxpayers.

      Certain taxpayers? Like…

      One has to wonder how many people could be given health insurance if the Obamas were to offer up their millions

      …or Charles & David Koch? Now with these BILLIONS, everybody in America could have free health care.

      Sorry to argue against you CW, but you can’t have it both ways– Jesus never coddled to the rich, but rather, he spend his years with the poor, the downtrodden, the sick and the powerless. Maybe you didn’t know that; maybe you aren’t a follower of Jesus.

      Are you?

      1. “Certain taxpayers? Like…”

        Like the ones who will be paying the bill. Or did you seriously think it would be “free?”

        “…or Charles & David Koch? Now with these BILLIONS, everybody in America could have free health care.”

        Correction – everybody in America could have health care at the expense of the Koch brothers. That’s not the same as free. But why bring the Koch brothers into this (other than the fact that they are the Left’s favorite whipping boys)? They are not the ones trying to socialize healthcare. If Obama wants to “spread the wealth around,” why shouldn’t he start with his own wealth? And whether or not the Koch brothers have millions or trillions, you are not entitled to their money.

        “Jesus never coddled to the rich, but rather, he spend his years with the poor, the downtrodden, the sick and the powerless. Maybe you didn’t know that; maybe you aren’t a follower of Jesus. Are you?”

        Whether I am or not is irrelevant.
        How do you define “coddling to the rich?” Not stealing their money? By that definition I think we’d all like to be coddled. I’m no expert on the bible but did Jesus use the power of the government to forcibly take money from some folks in order to satisfy his own ideals? Did Jesus claim to have some ownership of people’s labor, such that he could take their earnings and distribute only as he saw fit? Would Jesus have said that those who are required to give should be denied the opportunity to decide who is worthy of their gift? Was Jesus a leftist who didn’t understand that when you reward people for failing to take care of themselves, you exponentially multiply the number of people who suddenly can’t? I doubt it.

        1. Did Jesus claim to have some ownership of people’s labor, such that he could take their earnings and distribute only as he saw fit?

          Surely you jest or is it an attempt by a right-winger to twist and turn, bob and weave??

          Would Jesus have said that those who are required to give should be denied the opportunity to decide who is worthy of their gift?

          I’d imagine that, if he were to have been asked, he would have directed those ‘gifts’ to the poor, disadvantaged, sick, needy and hungry.

          Where do YOU think Jesus would have directed the money from the wealthy? To the golden parachutes of the CEO’s?

          Was Jesus a leftist who didn’t understand that when you reward people for failing to take care of themselves, you exponentially multiply the number of people who suddenly can’t?

          A ‘leftist?’ No, he was apolitical, but he did have an agenda- an agenda that did look socialist or, less pejoratively, communal. Neighbors, to be exact.

  4. “…is it an attempt by a right-winger to twist and turn, bob and weave??”

    You are the one who failed to answer – not me, so that would make you the bobber and weaver. It’s a simple question with a simple answer.

    “I’d imagine that, if [Jesus] were to have been asked, he would have directed those ‘gifts’ to the poor, disadvantaged, sick, needy and hungry.

    And who gets to decide who qualifies as “poor, disadvantaged and needy?”
    While there are people experiencing rough times due to unfortunate circumstances out of their control, MANY others are poor as a result of the bad choices they’ve made in life. Leftist policies you like to compare to the teachings of Jesus make no attempt whatsoever to distinguish between victims of circumstance and those whose actions have led to their own poverty. It is an invitation to those who have made poor decisions to keep doing so – to the detriment of the entire society. I don’t believe Jesus would have been on board for that.

    Where do YOU think Jesus would have directed the money from the wealthy? To the golden parachutes of the CEO’s?

    I don’t think Jesus would have presumed to have the right to forcibly take other people’s wealth, because that’s called stealing. I think he would have ASKED people to give, and I think he then would have helped those who – because they are disabled or in crisis – truly need assistance. And he would have been the first to abide by his own teachings.

    “Neighbors, to be exact.”

    You have a strange idea of what it means to be neighborly. Yes, Jesus would have been a good neighbor. But Obama? When was the last time your neighbor forcibly took your money because he decided that he knew better how to spend it? That’s not a neighborhood I want to live in. Neighbors ASK for help.

    How many stories have we seen depicting the massive fraud, waste and corruption that is ingrained in our welfare programs? While just a tiny fraction of Americans are truly in crisis and unable to help themselves, the numbers of people lining up to receive benefits is staggering. The tragedy of the liberal agenda is that IT IS RESPONSIBLE for the cynicism that makes people reluctant to share, and this has endangered the people who TRULY need the help – the ones that Jesus would have been looking out for.

    1. Well, CS, we still disagree not only on politics but on what it means to follow Jesus. But then, I’m betting that you worship the Christ while I follow Jesus.

      So, that pretty well ends our discussions.

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