Jesus… One of “Those” People….

September 29, 2013

  HomelessWhat do we do as Christians when confronted with these harsh realities? The Bible urges us to “remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself!” (Hebrews 13:3).  Jesus knew what it was like to have a loved one incarcerated. His cousin, John the Baptist, was falsely accused and arrested (and eventually executed).  Perhaps this is why Jesus, in Matthew 25, tells his disciples “when I was in prison, you visited me.”  As a victim of false imprisonment and injustice, Jesus entered into solidarity with the incarcerated and exposed the flawed justice system of his day.  Of all people, Christians should be the most skeptical of prisons.  A simple survey of prisons in the Bible will reveal that prisons were mainly used to oppress minorities, exploit the poor, and silence the prophets.  And the prison system today continues to do so.

SOURCE:  Shawn Casselberry: Children of the New Jim Crow | Red Letter Christians.

One of my favorite Christians and author is Shane Claiborne. Several years ago he established and still lives in a strong Christian community in a very poor neighborhood  in Philadelphia. He definitely takes the words of Jesus to heart both physically and mentally.  He also has a very unique sense of humor which makes his books and writing very appealing to me.  One of his books entitled Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals is much in the line with the words above.

Lets face it if Jesus were around today he would very likely be shunned by almost everyone including, and maybe even especially, the current Christian religious establishment and especially the conservative evangelical variety. He would be thoroughly trashed by the likes of Fox News Channel as being one of those dying heart liberals who care too much for those lazy people who won’t lift themselves up by their bootstraps. He would simply be too radical for most in those groups. He would be called one of “those” people.  You know what I mean.  This simple but obvious fact saddens me greatly. When did taking care of the poor and visiting prisoners go out of style with many of my conservative friends?

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2 responses to Jesus… One of “Those” People….

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    Why is this ONLY the conservative issue?
    Good News is rarely in the media. Who is taking in foster children, visiting the sick, feeding the hungry? Only the liberals? The people I know who do good works rarely publish their goodness.
    Mr Claiborne worked with Mother Teresa- whose order still works in the poorest parts of any civilization they can enter. They are considered one of the most conservative groups for they champion every living person- born and unborn.
    There are conservatives and liberals working everywhere. There is much work to be done. It takes all styles to move forward.

    Maybe you need to change your group of “conservative” friends? They seem to be complaining old men whom one could find in anywhere.

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      Yes, Janette some of my conservative friends are complaining old men but when I look at the conservatives representatives in Washington who just voted to severely reduce food stamps and have tried 40 times to take healthcare away from the poor and people who are already suffering from serious conditions I see less than Jesus following Christian acts. Like it our not those guys are the face of conservatism to many of us. If conservatives don’t like that fact they should quit voting for them.

      I don’t know if you have read any of Shane Claiborne’s books but if you had you know that he is anything but a typical conservative today. Unlike many conservative his is pro-life in all aspects. That is typical of many progressives I know (and I am one of them) they are against war, capital punishment, abortion and the totally unnecessary deaths due to our obsessive love of guns. To be only for life in its creation is not pro-life.

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