When Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” he did not mean “Let the government feed my sheep.”
When he instructed his Gang of 12 to distribute the loaves and fishes to the crowd, he didn’t tell them to run down to the food stamp office and then go use the EBT card at Safeway to buy Wonder Bread and fish sticks.
The people in the crowd VOLUNTARILY shared the food they had on hand and ultimately everyone was well-fed and happy. The Gang of 12 didn’t FORCE anyone to give up anything.
So as the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) grunge-fest marches into its 3rd or 4th week, I’m still flabbergasted by the seemingly prevailing notion that Jesus would actually approve of all this nonsense.
(Okay…it’s not ALL nonsense…. There ARE problems that need to be fixed, but abolishing capitalism is not going to help anyone….)
The 12 Apostles all worked for a living — most of them were fishermen. Jesus was most likely a carpenter just like his father. Heck, even Mary Magdalen had a job….
That’s not Socialism, that’s Capitalism! You know … running your own business … taking pride in your talents and skills!
Protestors and the “progressives” who say they support them (as armchair warriors hiding in their union-job cubicles) say they want to “level the playing field” for everyone.
And they say they want Socialism without having the foggiest idea of what that really means.
I have been acquainted with many liberal Christians who think that this whole Socialist/entitlement/tax-the-rich thing is better than, well … white Wonder Bread.
Now ain’t that ironic?? It is the followers of Christ who are supposed to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. To blindly advocate for GOVERNMENT services for the poor and the homeless is just not, well … “CHRISTIAN”!!!
Why the middleman? Why give the government your (tax) dollars to (most likely) waste when you can selflessly give to those who need help directly??
Maybe this is what comes from a liberal, “progressive” society that is okay with throwing parents into nursing homes and kids into daycare — the let-someone-else-deal-with-it mentality.
In my opinion, Jesus would NOT be marching with the OWS crowd. And if he tried to preach about the peaceful “love your neighbor” stuff, he’d probably get shouted down by the filthy finger-twinkling zombies.
If he were here now he’d probably be rather sad.
“Where did I go wrong?” he might say, shaking his head. “I told them to FEED my sheep, not to BE sheep.”
© October 2011 by Phyllis J Hanniver