Jesus was a liberal??
October 6, 2009
Oh really?? A lot of the liberals I know are fond of saying this.
This, from some of the same people that mock Jesus and Christianity.
But in fact, Jesus was not a liberal at all.
Why you might ask?? I’ll tell you why. You see, there is a huge difference in willingly giving your money versus being forced to give it to someone.
Read these two passages and it will explain why Jesus was not a liberal.
Acts 4:32-36 (New Living Translation)
The Believers Share Their Possessions
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.
33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.
34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them
35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
They willingly shared what they had! People willingly sold their land to help others, they weren’t forced into it. They willingly brought money to share!
Matthew 19:16-24 (New Living Translation)
The Rich Man
16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher,what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”
21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
And this is the best reference for working for your food.
2 Thessalonians 3:8 (New Living Translation)
8 We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you.
Notice in verse 21 above that Jesus tells the rich man to sell his possessions to share with others and that he will have treasure in heaven. Sharing is the key word here.
Taking money from one person under threat of prison, to give to others is not biblical and Jesus would not agree with that.
We need people to give more voluntarily, to charities, churches, missions, and local food shelves.