Jesus was not Karl Marx in sandals

Caption: Jesus, Communists: can you spot any difference?

One of the most annoying things about social justice warriors ? just one? ? is the way that they spend so much time rubbishing Christianity, but then try and co-opt it when it suits them. Of course, their actual understanding of Christianity is almost exclusively limited to a few pedestrian arguments they?ve glommed from Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris memes, so their arguments are rarely less than risible.

One of the most egregiously stupid is that ?Jesus was a Communist!? Quote:

Definitions are important. A quick dictionary definition of communism tells us that it?s a theory or system of social organisation in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs. We?ve all heard that before.

It?s not a bad idea in theory, but of course, we know that in practice every manifestation of communism in the world has ended in a bloodbath. So I?m dubious that Jesus was a communist. End of quote.

Foolish arguments have never stopped the contemporary left before, and they?re not stopping now. Quote:

Recently I was directed to the following comment on Facebook:

Jesus was a homeless Palestinian anarchist who held protests at oppressive temples, advocated for universal health care and redistribution of wealth, before being arrested for terrorism, tortured, and executed for crimes against the state. Now go ahead and explain to me why he?d vote conservative. I?ll wait.

Well, that?s not snarky at all is it? It?s also not entirely accurate. For a start Jesus wasn?t a Palestinian. He was Judean, and under law he was a Jew. He advocated for a structure of leadership under God, with God being the highest authority, though He was close to being an anarchist in that he did not advocate for coercion. He held one protest at a temple. And he certainly did not advocate for universal health care. End of quote.

The claim that Jesus was a Communist is even more flimsy. While the idea of communal property might sound similar, there is a crucial difference: membership of the Christian community is voluntary; communism is not. Collectivism at the point of a gun is not Christian charity. Quote:

The following is probably the best Biblical evidence supporting the idea that Christianity could be a communist system. It?s from the Book of Acts and describes the activities of the early church:

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions were their own, but they shared everything they had?from time to time, those who owned land or house sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it all at the apostles? feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

That very much sounds like communism in theory, but the crucial part here, as always, is: can I opt out? Is it voluntary or is it enforced by violence? Did the apostles demand at gunpoint that these members of the church sell their properties? Certainly not. End of quote.

Considering how much the left hate Christianity ? every time Communism has achieved power, brutal repression of the churches has followed ? why are they so determined to exploit it? Quote:

People exploit the figure of Jesus in order to pursue their own ends. Why? If you can co-opt Jesus as a spokesperson for your movement, then you can play to the emotions and spiritual desires of Christians everywhere. Or even people who are sympathetic to Christianity, or even people who are cultural and nominal Christians who grew up knowing about the love of Jesus and thinking he?s a pretty good guy. He was the most excellent example for humankind, and everyone wants a piece of that for their movements?

Communism banks on love. It borrows from the altruism and the loving kindness of Christianity, but it only pays out death in reality. The reality of communism is that it?s a tyrannical movement enforcing so-called kindness..If you meet people who are communists wanting to claim that Jesus is on their side, ask them to show you in the Bible where Jesus endorses the state as the intermediary for charity. They won?t find it. You won?t find it. And it?s because Christianity is about individualism. End of quote.