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Attaching the Christian label

It is an unfortunate truth that various organizations may all co-opt the term “Christian,” and many use the term without, apparently, knowing what it means. It has reached a point where even serious Christians cringe when they hear the word in political commentary.

It might now be worthwhile to appeal to the Bible, to see, as closely as possible, how Jesus Christ, whom these worthies purport to follow, either did, or might have, responded to today’s issues.

Firstly, the learned religious and political leaders at the time of Christ were shocked that he associated with ‘sinners’ and society’s outcasts.

One such ‘sinner’ was the woman caught in adultery. Rather than accuse her, he accused her accusers. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8; v. 7). When her accusers slunk away in humiliation, he spoke tenderly to her, and offered his divine forgiveness. “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8; vs. 10 -11).

Beggars, some blind from birth, some lame, deaf or mute, approached him, and were not rejected. He did not, like some ‘Christians’ did during the health care debate, shout them down, or spit on them. Rather, he brought them to him, and healed them.

This writer invites readers to show him where Jesus Christ ever opposed helping anyone in need. Where in the Bible is it recorded that he held himself aloof from any common sinner? Where did he court the favor of the rich, and turn his back upon the poor?

The christian right (the lower-case ‘c’ is not a typographical error; this writer is seeking some way of distinguishing those who demonstrate true Christian values from those who use the name but lack the values) is often angry about a range of subjects.

When did Jesus get angry? There are few, but notable, recorded evidences of his anger in the Bible. One situation was when calling out the religious leaders of his day, for their hypocrisy. “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation” (Matthew 23; vs. 13 – 14).

Might he not have something to say about today’s hypocrites, among whom are politicians who are forever quoting the Bible, attending prayer breakfasts and disdaining all ‘sinners’ at the same time that they are having extra-marital affairs?

Another time Jesus became angry was when finding merchants in the Temple; they had, he said, made his house a den of thieves. He forcefully and physically ejected those who had done so. “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”  (Matthew 21; vs. 12 – 13).

Based on this episode, one might logically consider that Jesus Christ was not as enamored with the almighty dollar as many of his alleged followers today appear to be.

[Excerpt of CounterPunch article by Robert Fantin]

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One Response to “Attaching the Christian label”

  1. Agree, agree, agree! Thank you for stating the case simply and concisely.


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