What Did Jesus Say and What Did He Do?
Followers of Jesus?
Some Christians, especially many political Christians, are the most intolerant people in the world. They don't believe in free speech. If you went into a church and critiqued the bible or Jesus, you would encounter a level of anger and hostility hot enough to burn the church down. They only believe in believing and taking everything in the bible at face value, not critiquing it, or discussing any contradictions or highly unlikely occurrences depicted in the Bible.
They say they're followers of Jesus but are they really?
Take the issue of being gay or lesbian. Some of these people hate gays so much, that just the sight of someone openly gay, sends them into a fit of intense hostility. Just the sight of a effeminate gay man, makes some of them want to attack him, kill him or make him wish he were dead. They say it's a sin and I guess they think the sinners need to be punished.
But what did Jesus do when he was asked about punishing a "sinner" the woman caught in adultery?
He said" “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” After everyone dropped their stones and walked away because they had all sinned. What did Jesus say to the woman? Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)
Do those Christians who are intolerant, act that way toward those gay people, they see as sinners? I think that answer would be a resounding no! They even want to deprive gay people of their rights as American citizens.
Helping the Poor
And what's the attitude of those ultra conservative Christians toward the poor?
They don't want the "government' to help those in need, because they should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, even if they don't have any bootstraps! Lol!
But what was Jesus' attitude toward the poor? "The crowd replied, "What do you want us to do?" "If you have two coats," he replied, "give one to the poor. If you have extra food, give it away to those who are hungry." Luke 3:10-11.
Are they really Christians, in more than just name, if they don't do what Jesus said they should do about sharing what they have with the poor?
The conservative Christians, complain, that the poor don't pay any taxes or very little taxes, and seemed to have a strong, hostile aversion to helping the poor or those less fortunate than they are.
Who Pays the Most Taxes?
But what did Jesus say about who really pays the most taxes? "And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-43)
Do the conservative Christians share Jesus' assessment about who pays the most taxes? I don't think so.
Thinking You're Better Than Others
What did Jesus say about those who think they are better than others, and want to be looked up to, and like to sit in the best seats in the house? He said "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.”
Does this mean you shouldn't sit in the best seats or be appreciated for your accomplishments. No it doesn’t. It means you shouldn't "lord it" over others. Or have the need to look down on others, because you're been more fortunate than they are.
What Jesus Did and What He Said!
It’s popular to hear many people saying “What would Jesus do?” When being perplexed by some issue. I thought that writing this, would be a good way to remind those who, pay lip service, or who espouse to being followers of Jesus; not only what he did, but also what he said!
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Do you follow what Jesus says you should do in this hub?
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