I am having one of those weeks wherein my overriding goal is to get enough work off of my desk by COB Friday, so that the weekend cleaning crew can actually do their job. Not much time for blogging, or coherent thought that doesn't involve work, but...
On the way to the office this morning I saw a bumper sticker that said 'Jesus was a liberal'. That phrase is a sentiment so ridiculous, on so many levels, that one is basically left speechless and shaking their head. Do people really believe it? Obviously they must, as bumper stickers have been manufactured and sold.
Why would anyone believe that Jesus was a liberal - and by what definition? Now, in this case, I had context. Forgive my mass generalizations, but, hey, she is the one with the misguided bumper sticker - short hair, no makeup, Prius driving masculine female - one can surmise that the intent is to compare Jesus to a modern day liberal by political definition.
Does she/do they believe that Jesus should be classified as a liberal because he was charitable? Because he fed, clothed, educated, and ministered to the poor, homeless, criminal? Do they not appreciate the difference between charity and forced re-distribution of wealth by taxation?
Jesus certainly didn't believe or teach that government was the answer to anything - he didn't travel around telling people to rely on their government for their needs.
While Jesus was tolerant, forgiving and loved all - I believe that the general message was something along the lines of, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' Not exactly the same as, 'Your belief/religion/diety is just as good as mine.'
There are theological arguments to be made for days - but why bother? Liberals are stupid. That is what the bumper sticker should say.