Why Evangelical Christians Hate Jesus

The Four Evangelists, by Jakob Jordaens

The Four Evangelists, by Jakob Jordaens

Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, reveals some wonderfully ironic facts about the loudest bible bashers, at Huffington Post:

The results from a recent poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveal what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus.

It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.

Jesus unambiguously preached mercy and forgiveness. These are supposed to be cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of the death penalty, draconian sentencing, punitive punishment over rehabilitation, and the governmental use of torture. Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. And yet Evangelicals are the group of Americans most supportive of easy-access weaponry, little-to-no regulation of handgun and semi-automatic gun ownership, not to mention the violent military invasion of various countries around the world.

Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of wealth was inimical to the Kingdom of God, that the rich are to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to the poor. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of corporate greed and capitalistic excess, and they are the most opposed to institutional help for the nation’s poor — especially poor children. They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. They despise food stamp programs, subsidies for schools, hospitals, job training — anything that might dare to help out those in need. Even though helping out those in need was exactly what Jesus urged humans to do.

In short, Evangelicals are that segment of America which is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while simultaneously claiming to be most ardent lovers of the Prince of Peace.

What’s the deal?…

[continues at at Huffington Post]

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  • Anonymous

    The prince O’ Peace wants to kick yer ass……

  • GoodDoktorBad

    The prince O’ Peace wants to kick yer ass……

  • Will

    Thats because Jesus was a hippie. Anti-war, long hair, peace and love, and sharing with others doesn’t sell well with conservatives.

  • Will

    Thats because Jesus was a hippie. Anti-war, long hair, peace and love, and sharing with others doesn’t sell well with conservatives.

  • Anonymous

    People want to be special, they want to feel that God has chosen them, so they judge and segregate each other. Pride and Ego is the killer of men, and those things will never go away.

  • Investinourftre

    People want to be special, they want to feel that God has chosen them, so they judge and segregate each other. Pride and Ego is the killer of men, and those things will never go away.

  • DeepCough

    Christians only like Jesus because “He” is willing to die for their sins, instead of them taking responsibility for their own sins.

  • DeepCough

    Christians only like Jesus because “He” is willing to die for their sins, instead of them taking responsibility for their own sins.

    • Getoveryourself

      YEAH go you telling people why they believe what they believe. SO insightful (sarcasm).

  • auh

    This is news?

  • auh

    This is news?

  • Getoveryourself

    YEAH go you telling people why they believe what they believe. SO insightful (sarcasm).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NGOWOKTAA5PI3WHOAZCY6XELGA DanielF

    Let us not forget to add the Jesus of Revelation to our image of Jesus. As Jesus said of himself, I am the same yesterday, today and forever. The Jesus of the Gospels reveals only half the picture, the Jesus of Revelation, the other half.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NGOWOKTAA5PI3WHOAZCY6XELGA DanielF

    Let us not forget to add the Jesus of Revelation to our image of Jesus. As Jesus said of himself, I am the same yesterday, today and forever. The Jesus of the Gospels reveals only half the picture, the Jesus of Revelation, the other half.

  • Whmclellan

    This is what happens when you create a dichotomy between the public/state/physical realm and the private/church/spiritual realm. Jesus gets a say in one but not the other.

  • Whmclellan

    This is what happens when you create a dichotomy between the public/state/physical realm and the private/church/spiritual realm. Jesus gets a say in one but not the other.

    • Laztronaut

      well…one is proven to exist and the other a theoretical foray into establishing meaning and purpose to a reality that seems to lack it

  • Liquidself2004

    I m not sure he was inimical to the pursuit of wealth actually, I guess this could be subjective but he always seemed largely indifferent to wealth. “Render unto Caeser” and such. (I know, I know the temple scene, but it was in a temple, after all.) I get the feeling it was just one more “way of the world” , he seemed to choose people of many different, sociallly santioned and/or hated professions (prostitutes, tax collectors, etc.) to hang with, quite possibly to make a point. I have always gotten the impression that he in fact was a disapointment to some of the socially justice minded in that he was not political or trying to right class inequalities.

  • Liquidself2004

    I m not sure he was inimical to the pursuit of wealth actually, I guess this could be subjective but he always seemed largely indifferent to wealth. “Render unto Caeser” and such. (I know, I know the temple scene, but it was in a temple, after all.) I get the feeling it was just one more “way of the world” , he seemed to choose people of many different, sociallly santioned and/or hated professions (prostitutes, tax collectors, etc.) to hang with, quite possibly to make a point. I have always gotten the impression that he in fact was a disapointment to some of the socially justice minded in that he was not political or trying to right class inequalities.

    • Guest

      And when they were come, they say unto him, “Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”

      “Shall we give, or shall we not give?” But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, “Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see.”

      And they brought it. And he saith unto them, “Whose is this image and superscription?” And they said unto him, “Caesar’s.”

      And Jesus answering said unto them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marvelled at him.
      -Mark 12:14-17

      Taken, of course, to mean that Jesus supports one paying taxes (something else conservatives always grumble about).

      “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
      -Matthew 19:24 (he also says it in Mark 10:25)

      Another:

      Jesus said unto him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.”
      Matthew 19:21

      “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.”
      Luke 12:33

      And finally:

      And a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

      And Jesus said unto him, “Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

      “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.”

      And he said, “All these have I kept from my youth up.”

      Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.”

      And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

      And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!”
      Luke 18:18-24

      I would like to to know how emphatic the man needed to be. . .

  • Laztronaut

    well…one is proven to exist and the other a theoretical foray into establishing meaning and purpose to a reality that seems to lack it

  • Hi_2k

    What a twisted up mess of words. This is just taking the tag of “evangelical” and applying to anyone who calls themselves a Christan. Which more than who actually are followers would say they are. Taking extremist labels, applying them across a single genre. Sad really.

  • Hi_2k

    What a twisted up mess of words. This is just taking the tag of “evangelical” and applying to anyone who calls themselves a Christan. Which more than who actually are followers would say they are. Taking extremist labels, applying them across a single genre. Sad really.

  • WhiteRose

    My grandmother said Jesus had nothing to do with it!

  • WhiteRose

    My grandmother said Jesus had nothing to do with it!

  • Anonymous

    Jesus told the rich man to sell everything and give it to the poor if he were to enter the Kingdom of God. Xians don’t like that much.

  • vexact

    Jesus told the rich man to sell everything and give it to the poor if he were to enter the Kingdom of God. Xians don’t like that much.

  • Mr Willow

    And when they were come, they say unto him, “Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”

    “Shall we give, or shall we not give?” But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, “Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see.”

    And they brought it. And he saith unto them, “Whose is this image and superscription?” And they said unto him, “Caesar’s.”

    And Jesus answering said unto them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marvelled at him.
    -Mark 12:14-17

    Taken, of course, to mean that Jesus supports one paying taxes (something else conservatives always grumble about).

    “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
    -Matthew 19:24 (he also says it in Mark 10:25)

    Another:

    Jesus said unto him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.”
    Matthew 19:21

    “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.”
    Luke 12:33

    And finally:

    And a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

    And Jesus said unto him, “Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

    “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.”

    And he said, “All these have I kept from my youth up.”

    Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.”

    And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

    And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!”
    Luke 18:18-24

    I would like to to know how emphatic the man needed to be. . .

  • Mardy

    They are the ones who know what Jesus teaches but do not follow it. Why? Because they know it takes work and giving and helping others is not in their future, they have to make money for themselves. And God says to give to others of what you have,and help the needy.

  • Mardy

    They are the ones who know what Jesus teaches but do not follow it. Why? Because they know it takes work and giving and helping others is not in their future, they have to make money for themselves. And God says to give to others of what you have,and help the needy.

  • Anonymous

    These people only believe in Jesus’ message when it doesn’t interfere with their capitalism.

  • Laws456

    These people only believe in Jesus’ message when it doesn’t interfere with their capitalism.

  • Guesswhoo76

    I hear all of our comments. As an “evengelical” Christian, I do take offence that other Christians ( if they truely are born again) deny the commands of Jesus. To those who are skeptics of Jesus, know that I do not rush to the defence of other Christians. I do not uphold their ways, and it is wrong. You may mock them (however rude it may be). We are humans, too. Also know that this may not be true. Bias is real.
    To those who know the LORD, why do you do this? Isn’t Jesus enough? The birds that have to place to go to are fed every day. He will feed you too.

  • Guesswhoo76

    I hear all of our comments. As an “evengelical” Christian, I do take offence that other Christians ( if they truely are born again) deny the commands of Jesus. To those who are skeptics of Jesus, know that I do not rush to the defence of other Christians. I do not uphold their ways, and it is wrong. You may mock them (however rude it may be). We are humans, too. Also know that this may not be true. Bias is real.
    To those who know the LORD, why do you do this? Isn’t Jesus enough? The birds that have to place to go to are fed every day. He will feed you too.

    • chubby

      its because in their heart of hearts, they do believe in God…

      • chubby

        do not I meant

  • daMamma

    I have an Evangelical friend, who is also a Pastor. She fully believes that God wants us all to be rich. That as we fill our heavenly wealth so shall we become wealthy here on earth. The proof of which is that Jesus was actually a very very wealthy man.

    When the 3 wise men came at his birth, it was not just 3 guys but a whole caravan of wagons loaded down with 300 years worth of gold saved up by eunuchs just for the coming of the saviour. This is not just how his parents could afford to flee to Egypt, but also how Jesus could support his disciples and all of their families.

    People didn’t live on charity and someone had to pay all the bills for lodging and food. And remember of course the sermon where he fed all those people. Food isn’t free and had to be bought somewhere.

    Ugh! I just don’t understand the thought process that justifies such things. Yes, this article while quite full of generalities, does hold true to the thinking/actions of the Evangelical folks I know. (they all seem to be under the same or similar belief as the Pastor)

  • daMamma

    I have an Evangelical friend, who is also a Pastor. She fully believes that God wants us all to be rich. That as we fill our heavenly wealth so shall we become wealthy here on earth. The proof of which is that Jesus was actually a very very wealthy man.

    When the 3 wise men came at his birth, it was not just 3 guys but a whole caravan of wagons loaded down with 300 years worth of gold saved up by eunuchs just for the coming of the saviour. This is not just how his parents could afford to flee to Egypt, but also how Jesus could support his disciples and all of their families.

    People didn’t live on charity and someone had to pay all the bills for lodging and food. And remember of course the sermon where he fed all those people. Food isn’t free and had to be bought somewhere.

    Ugh! I just don’t understand the thought process that justifies such things. Yes, this article while quite full of generalities, does hold true to the thinking/actions of the Evangelical folks I know. (they all seem to be under the same or similar belief as the Pastor)

  • http://twitter.com/jennydevildoll Jenny DevilDoll

    Jesus was saying to me the other day he says his Dad actually has a lot of gay friends. They all sit around the clouds, smoke out , pass around a bottle of Jack and talk about how much he actually hates Fred Phelps.

  • http://twitter.com/jennydevildoll Jenny DevilDoll

    Jesus was saying to me the other day he says his Dad actually has a lot of gay friends. They all sit around the clouds, smoke out , pass around a bottle of Jack and talk about how much he actually hates Fred Phelps.

  • chubby

    its because in their heart of hearts, they do believe in God…

  • chubby

    do not I meant

  • http://www.gospelanswers1.com Adan700

    Phil and Cady do not know the Jesus of the Bible, and it is clear they don’t know the Bible or evangelicals. The article is full of straw man arguments and deception. It is yellow journalism.

  • ScriptureStudy

    This is old news, true Christians look and act like hippies. Just like Jesus

  • ScriptureStudy

    This is old news, true Christians look and act like hippies. Just like Jesus

  • Anarchy Pony

    God sucks, jesus sucks, and their idiot followers suck. Go away and ruin someone elses planet.

  • Don’tLikeYou

    God sucks, jesus sucks, and their idiot followers suck. Go away and ruin someone elses planet.

  • david rossin

    Fruits of the spirit, not connected the the true vine, a good tree produces good fruit, a bad tree dosnt, they have lost there first love, they believe god has chosen them , and think they are better than the sinners, some and the pharasies of today, the blind leading the blind, but because the say they can see they will be they will be judged guilty, they forget they were/ are still sinners, God want everyone to be saved , middle class church club… the problem comes done to their hearts , they get teachers that say what they want to hear, not what it really says.. read revelation letters to the seven churches, i believe talks about the many church denomination today , possibly ephersus

  • david rossin

    Fruits of the spirit, not connected the the true vine, a good tree produces good fruit, a bad tree dosnt, they have lost there first love, they believe god has chosen them , and think they are better than the sinners, some and the pharasies of today, the blind leading the blind, but because the say they can see they will be they will be judged guilty, they forget they were/ are still sinners, God want everyone to be saved , middle class church club… the problem comes done to their hearts , they get teachers that say what they want to hear, not what it really says.. read revelation letters to the seven churches, i believe talks about the many church denomination today , possibly ephersus

  • Rossindjros

    real christians show their faith by their fruits of the spirit, and works also, my sheep know my voice, many will come in my name , but test their spirit , , jesus stated that some people who thought they were of God , he will say i do not know you , your works were your works of man, not of me, some christians are not christians lukewarm, you are neither hot or cold i will spew you out

  • KingLouie

     Jesus preached mercy and forgiveness, but for the unrepentant he peached damnation in Mt 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
    Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. He was also very interested in Justice; In Mt 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
    The rich are to be condemned? Jesus’ followers taught that 1Ti 6:10  “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  There is no condemnation for simply being rich.  
    They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. In fact Christ’s follower clearly taught 2Th 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
    Without understanding the totality and context of Jesus’s teachings it is easy to see him as a communist pacifist, but I don’t think he was either…… 

  • KingLouie

     Jesus preached mercy and forgiveness, but for the unrepentant he peached damnation in Mt 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
    Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. He was also very interested in Justice; In Mt 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
    The rich are to be condemned? Jesus’ followers taught that 1Ti 6:10  “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  There is no condemnation for simply being rich.  
    They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. In fact Christ’s follower clearly taught 2Th 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
    Without understanding the totality and context of Jesus’s teachings it is easy to see him as a communist pacifist, but I don’t think he was either…… 

  • Tim Drost

    There are some
    inaccuracies in this interpretation of Christ by Phil Zuckerman & Dan
    Cady…

    They say, “Jesus unambiguously
    preached mercy and forgiveness.” But the Bible actually teaches a duality in
    this.  Most popular is Matthew 18:21-22

    21 Then Peter came to Him
    and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?
    Up to seven times?” 

    22 Jesus said to him, “I
    do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven

    This is probably where
    the “unambiguously” part comes in. This seems to hint at neverending
    forgiveness, which would make Christians into pushovers. However, context is
    important. Just before these verses Jesus speaks about how to rebuke someone. Matthew
    18:15-17 (parallel in Luke 17:3-4)

    15 “Moreover if your
    brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him
    alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.16 But if he will not
    hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two
    or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if
    he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax
    collector.

    Therefore, we are to
    rebuke those who sin in hopes of bringing them to correct thought. While I will
    not say that every evangelical follows this, I would not say that most of us
    try.

    [Tim Drost]: They say, “Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of
    wealth was inimical to the Kingdom
    of God, that the rich are
    to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to
    the poor.” First,
    yes Jesus did speak of alms giving, mostly in regards to doing so privately and
    in secret (Matt 6:16-23). These things should apparently be done responsibly as
    we build our own savings according to Proverbs 6:6-11. Paul says in 1 timothy
    6:10 that the love of money is the root of all kinds evil. It is important to
    notice that all of these verses are talking about personal action and personal
    deeds not social programs. The Bible does address social welfare. Throughout
    the Old Testament (Leviticus 25:35-37, Deuteronomy 23:19-20, etc) the Bible
    talks about one of two programs for the poor. This one is again personal; it is
    a no interest loan to help a person in need. While the New Testament especially
    speaks of giving as one is led or sees the need to. The other way to help the
    needy in the agrarian society was the concept of leaving some of the grain or
    produce in the field to be gathered by those in need (shown in the Torah and in
    Ruth). So in conclusion, the Bible does not push social welfare as a government
    system; but rather a person choosing to give freely, offer a loan, and to leave
    behind the some produce for others.

     

    [Tim Drost]: They say, “Evangelicals are that segment of America which
    is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun” as if it were a thing against Christ. Luke
    22:35-38

    35 And He said to them,
    “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack
    anything?” 

    So they said, “Nothing.” 

    36 Then He said to them,
    “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a
    knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that
    this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered
    with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.” 

    38 So they said, “Lord,
    look, here are two swords.” 
    And He said to them, “It is enough.”

    Christ is clearly not
    out to form a militia or army, but He is also not against an individual protecting
    themselves.

     

    [Tim Drost]: They say, “…as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core
    teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most
    Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain.”

    This then is the core problem with their argument. They have apparently
    looked at a few select verses, and then used them as a proof text for their
    argument. Jesus DID value and preach peace, but not at the sake of
    righteousness and truth. Jesus and the Bible say NOTHING in promotion of social
    justice, but rather a personal responsibility for those who can to honor God by
    helping those in need. Goodwill yes, but that goodwill involves helping those
    in sin repent and come to the Father; anything else is hardly goodwill
    considering where we believe they will spend eternity.

    It’s a shame that two professors would use such a biased demagoguery. 

  • Tim Drost

    There are some
    inaccuracies in this interpretation of Christ by Phil Zuckerman & Dan
    Cady…

    They say, “Jesus unambiguously
    preached mercy and forgiveness.” But the Bible actually teaches a duality in
    this.  Most popular is Matthew 18:21-22

    21 Then Peter came to Him
    and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?
    Up to seven times?” 

    22 Jesus said to him, “I
    do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven

    This is probably where
    the “unambiguously” part comes in. This seems to hint at neverending
    forgiveness, which would make Christians into pushovers. However, context is
    important. Just before these verses Jesus speaks about how to rebuke someone. Matthew
    18:15-17 (parallel in Luke 17:3-4)

    15 “Moreover if your
    brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him
    alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.16 But if he will not
    hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two
    or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if
    he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax
    collector.

    Therefore, we are to
    rebuke those who sin in hopes of bringing them to correct thought. While I will
    not say that every evangelical follows this, I would not say that most of us
    try.

    [Tim Drost]: They say, “Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of
    wealth was inimical to the Kingdom
    of God, that the rich are
    to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to
    the poor.” First,
    yes Jesus did speak of alms giving, mostly in regards to doing so privately and
    in secret (Matt 6:16-23). These things should apparently be done responsibly as
    we build our own savings according to Proverbs 6:6-11. Paul says in 1 timothy
    6:10 that the love of money is the root of all kinds evil. It is important to
    notice that all of these verses are talking about personal action and personal
    deeds not social programs. The Bible does address social welfare. Throughout
    the Old Testament (Leviticus 25:35-37, Deuteronomy 23:19-20, etc) the Bible
    talks about one of two programs for the poor. This one is again personal; it is
    a no interest loan to help a person in need. While the New Testament especially
    speaks of giving as one is led or sees the need to. The other way to help the
    needy in the agrarian society was the concept of leaving some of the grain or
    produce in the field to be gathered by those in need (shown in the Torah and in
    Ruth). So in conclusion, the Bible does not push social welfare as a government
    system; but rather a person choosing to give freely, offer a loan, and to leave
    behind the some produce for others.

     

    [Tim Drost]: They say, “Evangelicals are that segment of America which
    is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun” as if it were a thing against Christ. Luke
    22:35-38

    35 And He said to them,
    “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack
    anything?” 

    So they said, “Nothing.” 

    36 Then He said to them,
    “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a
    knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that
    this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered
    with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.” 

    38 So they said, “Lord,
    look, here are two swords.” 
    And He said to them, “It is enough.”

    Christ is clearly not
    out to form a militia or army, but He is also not against an individual protecting
    themselves.

     

    [Tim Drost]: They say, “…as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core
    teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most
    Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain.”

    This then is the core problem with their argument. They have apparently
    looked at a few select verses, and then used them as a proof text for their
    argument. Jesus DID value and preach peace, but not at the sake of
    righteousness and truth. Jesus and the Bible say NOTHING in promotion of social
    justice, but rather a personal responsibility for those who can to honor God by
    helping those in need. Goodwill yes, but that goodwill involves helping those
    in sin repent and come to the Father; anything else is hardly goodwill
    considering where we believe they will spend eternity.

    It’s a shame that two professors would use such a biased demagoguery. 

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