Thursday, December 30, 2010

Was Jesus really a liberal?

I am sure you have all heard the statements that come straight out of the liberal handbook, that Jesus was a liberal...or WWJD? (what would Jesus do?). I have to say that I have never heard anything so stupid as these two comments/statements.

I recently was part of a discussion on Facebook about the pro's and con's of liberalism v's conservatism. As is usual in these discussions the arguments went back and forth, with my liberal friend sometimes mounting what appeared on the surface to be logical, well thought out and easily understood positions. Unfortunately, not only were they wrong but they were based on such fundamental flaws that they were easily discredited.

It was then, quite out of the blue, that she made the outrageous statement..."anyway, Jesus was a liberal"!

Really? She was so confident that her claim was unassailable...after all everybody knows that Jesus was a liberal, right? And following that logic, conservatives must be something other than Christians...because if they followed Jesus they would ALSO be liberals.

My first thought about this outrageous statement and even worse implication was that my friend must be getting her facts and moral values from the same priests who diddle little boys when nobody is watching. I sure as hell can not find in my bible any reference to Jesus being a liberal...or conservative...or any other political "label" for that matter. I would not want to fall into the trap of thinking I know what Jesus may think about that, but I suspect he would abhor the labels that we apply to people. I don't know this for sure... I don't have a direct line to know what he thinks...and like everyone else on this planet my knowledge is restricted to what the Bible tells us about him.

My second thought was to challenge her to find some logical evidence that would lead one to the conclusion that Jesus was indeed a liberal. It has been stated so often and so loudly that surely the Bible would provide some evidence, right? Can't be too hard to show that this is a logical and truthful statement?

On a side-note, am I wrong in thinking that I do not recall any conservatives making the claim that Jesus was a conservative? I don't recall that claim being part of their playbook...and yet they are said to "cling to guns and religion" as one prominent person claimed about small-town America (who are largely conservative).

Anyway, back to Jesus and his leftist beliefs...where are they? I pleaded with her to show me some evidence...and she proudly responded with what she believed were inarguable facts, but in reality were nothing more than Bible texts taken out of context (which further supported my initial contention that she got her information from kiddy diddling priests rather than from an understanding of the teachings of Jesus).

Two of her arguments are included below:-

1. The story of the money changers as told in John 2:14,15 .

I am sure you remember this. It is, I believe, the only recorded time when Jesus became angry and stormed through the temple overturning the tables of the money changers and merchants. This clearly emphasizes that Jesus was angry and he did not support the merchants who were "stealing" from the worshipers by charging exorbitant amounts for the sacrificial animals and for the exchange of money. Jesus' statement was that"My house is a house of worship and you have turned it into a den of thieves" (Paraphrased.)

I remain unclear how this is an argument that Jesus was a liberal. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it. My understanding is that Jesus was not pleased with the worshipers being taken advantage of and having their "money" stolen by these merchants who preyed on them because they had no choice. In common parlance, we would call this gouging...and last I heard, conservatives and liberals alike are against that practice. Nope...this does not prove that Jesus was a liberal but it does prove that Jesus was capable of anger at the injustices that man is capable of.

2. So what about equity and social programs? The usual text thrown up about this is Luke 13: 13,14:- But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

Excuse me? This is an argument that Jesus is a liberal? How? This demands personal responsibility. This demands that you take responsibility personally for the poor, the maimed etc. This has nothing to do with being a liberal! In fact, it is the absolute opposite. Liberals want society as a whole, as a group, to carry the responsibility for the poor. Where does this quote from Jesus indicate it is a group responsibility? Where does it say that the government has that responsibility and all you need to do personally is pay your taxes and life goes on just fine?

Just another example of liberal spin.

I can go on and on about these so-called proofs. And I can shoot each and every one down in flames. If you do not believe me...leave a comment and I will show you the the fault in your thinking. If you suggested that Jesus was revolutionary in his thinking, I would support you 100%. He talked about personal responsibility, a personal relationship with God. This was revolutionary to a people who had previously believed that God was accessible only through the High Priests and that the Law set out their responsibilities. Oooops...doesn't that sound like a lot like the leftist philosophies of societal responsibility and government programs? Jesus changed all that...and you morons have the audacity to call him a liberal!!

The whole idea that Jesus is/was a liberal is simply a lie perpetrated by the left and swallowed hook line and sinker by people who are too lazy to discover for themselves who Jesus was.

Yes...he cared for the poor, the sick, the injured, the meek. But he did not suggest that the government or society in general be responsible for their care. He demanded that the individual do so. And individualism is the enemy of the liberal agenda. all you folk who believe/think that Jesus was a liberal, I suggest you do some honest research and discover who Jesus really was. If your priest/pastor/spiritual leader ever suggests to you that Jesus was a liberal, demand the evidence. He was the Son of God. He was the revolutionary that challenged people on a personal level. No longer could people hide behind a facade of societal norms.

It is not hard. 10 minutes with a Bible and some honesty of thought and you will stop repeating the ridiculous claims that Jesus was a liberal. Moreover, you may start looking at your liberal friends a little differently.

Don't worry...if you stop believing that Jesus was a liberal, you will not become a conservative. That will take much more understanding. will make you more honest...and that is always a good thing.

Remember...Stupid is as stupid says.


Stupid is as stupid does....

In 1994, the classic movie Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, was released upon an unsuspecting public. Filled with memorable and quotable lines, this movie wowed the critics and the public alike, winning 6 Oscars and numerous other awards. In fact, this movie is considered to be one of the top ranked movies of all time.

The main character, Forrest Gump was prone to saying things, which, on the surface appear to be simplistic nonsense, but hold deep and potentially life-changing truths for any who care to take the time to listen.

One of these simplistic statements was "Stupid is as stupid does".

I don't know whether to blame Winston Groom (the novelist) or Eric Roth (who wrote the screenplay) for this terrible miscarriage of justice. Yes, there is no doubt that "Stupid is as stupid does"...this statement is supported by many other similar statements such as a "a mans actions are louder than his words"...but it leaves out perhaps the most powerful (and dangerous) aspects of stupidity.

If I had any say in the writing of this fine movie, I would have changed that statement to "Stupid is as stupid says"!

In this world of sound bites and limited concentration spans, of contraction of truth into bite sized portions that no longer hold any logical sense, what is SAID is equally as important as what is DONE. In fact, it is becoming more apparent that what is said makes headlines, while what is done makes headaches.

In fact words and actions have never been more separated.

A glance at any newspaper will detail for you the chasm between actions and words. Read about the priests who preach moral values and diddle little boys on the side. Read about the politician who speaks of fairness while accepting bribes from powerful lobbyists. Read about the business magnate who pledges to give his wealth to charity while outsourcing his manufacturing plants to third world countries providing cheap child labor under horrendous conditions.

These are the obvious things that anyone with a 3rd grade education can see...and that is where the problem lays with relying on the truth of "actions speak louder than words". As a society we have come to believe that words are no longer important. We have deemed words to have no value.

And that is a problem. A huge problem.

Words SHOULD and DO have value. A man's word should be the motivation for his actions. If he says he will do something, he should do it and he should be held accountable for his actions by referring to his words.

This is what Devereaux Daily Dose is about. It is about listening to what people say, and holding them accountable for it. It is about pointing out the stupidity in what people say. At times, it may be times it may reflect my anger at the stupidity of people.

I will not waste words on being politically correct. I will attack all sides of the political spectrum where I see stupidity, but I must warn you that as a conservative, I have a strong bias against the stupidity of the left, and the stupidity of those who refuse to see the truth of the socialist movement pushing this great country toward oblivion.

If you are a liberal, a progressive, or any of the other names used as an attempt to redefine socialist, you will most likely not want to read this blog. (Unless you enjoy being ridiculed, and having the lies spoken by the objects of your political devotion being exposed.) Of course, you may see the error of your thinking and come back to the fold of sanity, but I highly doubt that. Liberals and progressives are already a lost cause.

My objective is to help conservatives understand why they think the way they do. I plan to provide arguments that are based on sound logic to countermand the stupid statements of the left.

You are free to comment. I am a believer in the goodness of mankind and will provide an unmoderated forum for comments to start with. If I find that unsuitable or derogatory attacks are made on myself or my readers, the comments will become moderated. There will be no censorship of thought but abusive comments will not be acceptable.

If you are a conservative who is sick and tired of the stupid comments from the left, you may enjoy this blog.

An example of stupid comments that I plan to discuss are:-
- Jesus was a liberal
- Fox news makes you stupid

- and my personal favorite from today..."Conservatives have larger fear-center" claiming that Republicans have more of the "primitive" parts of the brain and Democrats have more of the parts responsible for "courage and optimism".

My sources for stupidity range from Facebook, to news articles to blogs and comments by commentators and reporters. The sad truth is that you don't have to look too far to find stupid comments and statements. Statements by politicians are one of the easiest places to find stupidity!

I hope my readers will like what I do...let me know your thoughts and tell me if you would like me to tackle something specific.

If you don't like what I say...suck it up because I am not going to change.

Look for my first attack on stupidity in the next couple of days.