Judas Was a Liberal
It is time for some truth here, truth that many may find painful. Tough. When Christ came here to bear witness to the truth, Pontius Pilate gave a typical liberal response by saying, "What is truth?" John 18: 36-38 --
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.[Emphasis mine.]
Pilate therefore said to Him, "So, You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?"
Notice Pilate's response. Christ has just said that everyone who is of the truth hears him. Pilate, in his blindness does not even know what truth is. Was Pilate of the truth? No. Christ had just said so.
So here is some truth for non-Christians (which is to say more accurately anti-Christians) and self-proclaimed so-called"liberal Christians":
When you claim that you are fulfilling your Christian duty by mandating higher taxes for social programs, you haven't the faintest idea what charity is. Voting for higher taxes or voting for social programs or even paying higher taxes does not fulfill your obligation to God. God's kingdom is not of this world. Which part of that do you fools not understand? Who has blinded you and deceived you so much that you believe you can buy your way into heaven by voting for higher taxes or paying higher taxes? All you have achieved by doing so is that you have "rendered unto Caesar." But by doing so you have NOT given one iota of what you owe to God.
Have you, as an individual, enough money to help the poor, the widowed, the orphan, the sick? Have you, as an individual, enough money to donate to help victims of natural disasters such as the victims of the earthquake and ensuing tsunamis in Asia? If you have such wealth, then surely give. If you have time to volunteer, give of your time. If you can make sacrifices, make them. But this crap of it being the United States' responsibility to "give 'til it hurts" has got to stop. Period.
I have had more than enough of listening to lying liberals who claim Christianity as theirs and who say that "Jesus was a liberal." That is an utter crock and it stinks. If I recall correctly, La Shawn Barber did an excellent piece on her blog debunking the myth of "Jesus was a liberal." If I can find a link to it, I will post it here as an update.* See Update at the end of this post for the link. I would that I had her grace to put things so succinctly! As it is, I must simply say that the closest example of a liberal that I have seen in the New Testament was Judas Iscariot. John 12: 3-8 --
Mary therefore took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.[Emphasis mine.]
But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said,
"Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to poor people?"
Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. [U.N. oil for food program anyone? ed.]
Jesus therefore said, "Let her alone, in order that she may keep it for the day of My burial.
"For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me."
I don't know how to express any more clearly to non-Christians (i.e. anti-Christians) and "liberal" Christians any more clearly these two precepts:
1. If you don't know what "truth" is, if you consider it subjective, changeable, vague and indefinable, then you are as lost as Pontius Pilate was and in Jesus' own words, you are not of the truth.
2. If you are big on "social programs" and "socialism" you have not rendered one cent in the spirit of Christian charity and have not fulfilled any Christian obligation whatsoever. When you give of yourself, not because of a government mandated law, but when you give and give quietly, what God has seen you do in secret, He will reward openly. Beware of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees! Beware of being a Judas Iscariot who presumed to tell everyone how money which was not his own should be spent.
There is no such thing as a liberal Christian. One must decide to follow Christ, whose kingdom is not of this world, or one chooses to follow the liberals whose kingdom IS of this world. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot by human means make this world a paradise. Presuming to do so always guarantees that you will make of this world an even bigger hell than it already is. Taxes and social programs do not qualify as charity.
Get yourselves right with God. Stop breaking one of the 10 commandments by coveting that which is not yours (i.e. the wealth of others), and stop breaking another commandment about "Thou shalt not steal" by seeking to "redistribute wealth." Stop believing that you will buy your way into heaven by fighting for social programs. You can't afford heaven. No one can. I can't. But Christ paid the way for us.
It is no coincidence that the word "liberal" contains the letters that spell "liar." It is also no coincidence that the Latin word for left is "sinister." If you want examples of liberals in the Bible, look no further than Pontius Pilate with his still soiled hands, or Judas Iscariot with his feigned concern about the poor and his advice about how to distribute wealth that was not his own.
You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.
Update: La Shawn Barber graciously provided me with the link to her superb piece regarding the "Jesus was a liberal" myth. It can be found here. Thank you, La Shawn! You're a gem.