Jesus’ Greatest Hits: 17 Jesus Quotes That Expose The Hypocrisy Of The Right-Wing

The right-wingers like their religion. They say they like their Jesus. But, do they really?

What did Jesus say about wealth and poverty?

The GOP’s answers to poverty are always the same. Let the rich get richer and let the desperation of the impoverished motivate them to claw their way up off the ground while firmly holding on to their bootstraps. It’s all about hard work and endurance, choices and personal responsibility. They want to cut food stamps, and cut luxury taxes. They want to cut opportunities for education, but block livable wages. Jesus, on the other hand, had quite a different view on how to care for the poor. Compassionate conservatism it was not.

Luke 6: 20-21

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

Luke 12: 32-34

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 4: 18-19

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Matthew 25: 35-45

35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’”

Matthew 19: 20

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.

What did Jesus say about greed?

There is no denying the right-wing conservatives are the political force of the 1%. Income inequality is a major issue for the nation, yet conservatives hold on to their bibles while rewarding, and *gasp* worshipping, the money hoarders. Pure capitalism is based upon self-interest, which is not inherently bad. Without a healthy dose of self-interest, we would be incapable of caring for ourselves or others, we would have a difficult time succeeding, and we would no longer grow as individuals. However, we are far beyond healthy self-interest. The wealth distribution in the United States is extremely top heavy – according to a video by Think Reality, the top 1% has 40 percent of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent share only seven percent of the wealth.

I don’t think “money hoarding” would be the answer to the popular question, “What would Jesus do?”

Acts 20: 35

35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Luke 21: 1-4

21 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Matthew 21: 12-13

12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

What did Jesus say about equality and discrimination?

Equality is absolutely not a value held by the right-wing. In fact, it’s nearly considered a “socialist dirty word” ranking right up there with “Obamacare” and “Satan.” They say affirmative action is wrong and cry reverse racism. They dig their heels into the ground against marriage equality, claiming religious freedom. And yet, Christ provided them with the “golden rule.”

Matthew 7: 12

12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Acts 10: 28

28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

John 13: 12-16

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example,that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

Matthew 10: 24

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

Luke 10: 27

27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12: 31

31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

John 13: 34

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

What did Jesus say about war?

I think very few would disagree that the GOP is an extremely pro-war entity. However, Jesus wasn’t all that into war and certainly not while playing offensive. Unfortunately, conservatives have redefined the idea of defense, while increasing the military budget and padding the pockets of their cronies (and themselves).

Matthew 26: 52-53

52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 5: 21

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Matthew 5: 43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

What did Jesus say about public prayer (like prayer in school)?

Ahhh, yes, and the topic of public prayer. While our constitution protects us from the establishment of a government sponsored religion, the GOP struggles with this concept. From attempts to make the bible a state book to teaching creationism in the classroom to cries for prayer in school – the right-wing struggles with the privacy in which sacred spirituality deserves and the protection provided to all of us through the U.S. Constitution.

Matthew 6: 5-6

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Jesus Christ was a pretty cool guy. He had some great ideas that were obviously very liberal in nature. A Republican Jesus ™ he was not.

All biblical verses are from openbible.info 

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