Jesus Would Never Be Found Among Today’s Typical Evangelical Christians
Yes, my friends, the brown skin (Christ was not White) itinerant preacher/philosopher of the Middle East of some 2000 plus years ago would never place himself in league with right wing, White Nationalist, antichrist Trump following “Christian” evangelicals.
The core of Jesus’ message to his followers was directed against xenophobe, “love your neighbor as thy self,” and by neighbor he meant strangers, the “other.” Only a blind man can fail to see by Christ’s words in the New Testament that he was a diehard, inclusive liberal, not some excluding White Nationalist hater.
No person who truly loves Jesus could ever bring himself or herself to be counted among the MAGA hats. Yet many do. This can only mean that belief totally trumps’ message. In other words, according to the words and deeds of today’s Christian right, believing in Christ as God far exceeds following Jesus’s actual message. This is another way of saying that emotion far supersedes logic. Alas, it also means that deep down in the human psyche hate is a far greater unifier than love — the right and the very far left are always powerfully unified by hate.
And of course because Jesus’s radically liberal message of love was seen as a threat by the conservative religious powers of his day, he was crucified.
A new book, Christ in Crisis by Jim Wallis, drives home the point that Christ preached an inclusive love not an exclusive brand, and for America to survive and prosper as a multicultural nation the country needs to turn away from Trump’s White national hatred and rather take up Christ’s original, inclusive message of love.