Jesus was a Socialist!

I might not believe in god but I reckon Jesus was a real historical figure. He is mentioned (briefly) in Roman historical documents from that time as being the leader of a small Jewish cult.

However I am not so much interested in the spiritual or religious aspects of Jesus as to his politics.

There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus was a Socialist. He preached equality. He said that it was harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. He overturned the tables of the money lenders.

Jesus was for the ordinary working man and against the wealthy elites. He extolled people to share, to help each other, to look after the poor, needy and sick. He was a man of the people.

Jesus did not offer people opulence, luxury, power or wealth. He rejected all that when offered by the devil. He believed in justice, equality and fairness.

A man after my own heart.

If Jesus came back and preached the same message now he’d be called a commie pig and they’d find a way of killing him, of that I’m sure.

Woody Guthrie summed it up for me with his song Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ –  Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land
A hard-working man and brave
He said to the rich, “Give your money to the poor,”
But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave

CHORUS:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot
Has laid Jesus Christ in His Grave

He went to the preacher, He went to the sheriff
He told them all the same
“Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor,”
And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

CHORUS

When Jesus come to town, all the working folks around
Believed what he did say
But the bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on the cross,
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

CHORUS

And the people held their breath when they heard about his death
Everybody wondered why
It was the big landlord and the soldiers that they hired
To nail Jesus Christ in the sky

CHORUS

This song was written in New York City
Of rich man, preacher, and slave
If Jesus was to preach what He preached in Galilee,
They would lay poor Jesus in His grave.

 

7 thoughts on “Jesus was a Socialist!

  1. Hi Opher, how are you?
    Sounds like you have read “Christ recrucified” by Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis!.. if not, then you definitely should, it is an excellent book…
    on the contrary, Dan Brown-like “the last secret” by Jose Dos Santos presents a very different version of Jesus as an extremist Jewish rabbi having wanted none of this… not sure how historically accurate but a very interesting point of view nonetheless….

    1. Hi Virginie – really good to hear from you. I hope you and your family are all well! All the best to you all!
      Yes I have read Christ Recrucified. Kazantakist is an author I particularly like. I haven’t read ‘The Last Secret’ though.
      What have you been up to? We’re just busy getting old and boring!

  2. Jesus was also a true radical. He couldn’t bear piety and hypocrites, and he infuriated the religious leaders by ignoring man-made creeds and rules. ☺

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