Jesus sought to save the lost, not reform politics

December 12, 2013 

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John Roberge color illustration of Jesus atop a donkey with palms on each side. Contributed by the Tallahassee Democrat.

JOHN ROBERGE — KRT

Regarding the Dec. 5 column by Reza Aslan, both the editorial and the Morin cartoon above it were sadly representative of the moral, political and religious profligacy of the liberal left.

Morin needs to mature, set aside his leftist anger and realize that political cartoons need to be subtle to win over people. He also needs to take a course in Economics 101. It is the 1 percent that create jobs for the rest of us.

And this basic truth needs also to be understood. All economic systems are "trickle-down." Under socialism, the meager benefits "trickle down" from the state. In a free enterprise market, the abundant benefits "trickle down" from the system (large and small businesses) itself.

Azlan's column was typical of those who would make Jesus into a political reformer. The writer begins by setting up "strawmen" (most of us "uninformed" have been deceived by believing Jesus' primary concern was people's spiritual life, with no concern for the cares of this world) and then attempts to "enlighten" us.

She begins by misquoting scripture, a typical strategy. In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus does not say "Blessed are you who are poor." He said "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Jesus does not say "Blessed are the hungry." Jesus said "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."

Jesus' primary concern was not "the rich and poor switching places" as Azlan erroneously asserts. His primary concern was to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). He wanted all of us to be born anew spiritually (John 3:3) and to thereby be "turned inside out" to become those who are servants, like Him; who would love as He loved (Mark 10:43-44; John 13:34-35).

Jesus also famously said, "Mine is not a kingdom of this world."

Paul Scheele

Bradenton

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