Daily Archives: November 16, 2008

Jesus Was Not A Capitalist

Sorry. He just wasn’t. I’m not a Christian, relapsed-never-going-back-Lutheran, but the Bible has always intrigued me. Especially Song of Solomon. That book perplexed my little 12 year old mind.

Ooops. That’s a topic for another day.

Let’s get back on track, shall we?

Quote 1# It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Think about that. Just why is it easier for a camel than a rich man (made rich by capitalism, mayhap?) to go through something? Could it be that the rich tend to hoard their riches rather than help the poor? Or exploit the unfortunate?

Hmm. I wonder.

Then there was the time Jesus got mad at all those people selling sacrifices in the Temple. These people were making money off people’s desire to do right by God. (I guess our equivalent would be those televangelists who cry out for money even as they are obviously wearing expensive watches. Oi vey.) As I think about it, selling things in what is basically a place of worship is fairly ….nauseating.

No. He was for sharing, helping out the poor, hanging out with women of ill repute. He did not just hang out with the religious elite. He made friends with the sinners, the homeless, the desperate. He loved people as they were.

I’m not religious, but I do believe Jesus existed.

As always, I welcome all thoughts and differing opinions—said in a respectful way, that is.