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Why I Believe That Jesus Was Not A Liberal, A Social Activist, or A Middle-Class Conservative

“‘My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.’” – John 18:36

This post is bound to offend about everyone who is reading. That’s not very exciting to me, but it’s just how humanity is wired. I’m not really sure I can summarize my thoughts on this matter in a brief post, but I wanted to at least start the conversation. No, I’m not looking for controversy, but I am getting very, very tired of seeing Jesus portrayed as a good dude who is merely a puppet for our own causes and political agendas.

As a Twitter-dweller, I follow many different people from various walks of faith, including both liberal and conservative Christians. I love hearing differing opinions, as it often helps me expand my own perspective as a follower of Jesus. Yet, even with the beautiful conversations taking place in the twitter-sphere, there are often more damaging exchanges than there are edifying discussions.

There are some Christian leaders who want to talk about nothing other than defending American Christianity, their moral outrage at social trends, and the liberal agenda to destroy all that is held dear in this great land.

Then, there are the Christians who only want to talk about the evils of white America, social matters being overlooked in conservative churches, and their adherence to relative morality.

Oh, the fun in being a follower of Jesus in 21st Century America…

Let me get one thing straight: Jesus served the poor, cared for the broken, and lived with a desire to bring hope to a darkened world. He was very socially active. Yet, He was not merely an activist leading a revolution in the Roman empire. In addition, Jesus loved truth, stood for morality, and didn’t waver in adherence to moral relativism. He was not merely a God of love who accepted everything in our lives without requiring repentance.

Who was Jesus? Let’s revisit the verse above:

“‘My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.’” – John 18:36

Jesus wasn’t here to make the world a better place through activism or to make America great again (at that time, Israel). The Kingdom that poured from His life was one that was not of this world…

“Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’” – Luke 5:31-32 

Jesus isn’t just about feeding the poor (which is absolutely a part of His teachings). He is the Son of God, pouring Himself out to bring us redemption from our sin-sick lives.

Jesus isn’t just about maintaining morality in a sinful world (although, that is something that he addressed in His ministry, as well). He came to bring us back to life that goes well beyond moral considerations!

Jesus was not a conservative, a liberal, or a Dallas Cowboys fan (thank goodness). We are so small-minded that we conform Him to our own image, rather than conforming our lives into His image.

What if we started accepting that the Kingdom of God is far greater than we can even comprehend?

What if we started taking care of the poor, standing for morality in a darkened world, and seeking to be Kingdom-minded, all at the same time?!?!

What if Jesus doesn’t look like the Jesus you’ve created in your own mind?

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