For about five decades now Adolf has watched a passing parade of NZ Presbyterian and Australian Uniting Church political activists disguised as clergymen usurping their respective parish pulpits to push their particular political agenda du jour, usually in the name of social justice.
Today's cause is the treatment of illegal immigrants by the Australian authorities; the 1970s issue was the Noonkenbah shenanigans north of Perth and in NZ I well recall the thunderous warnings on the evil of man made global warming.
In all cases pulpit usurpers falsely invoke the example of Jesus Christ who, they say, was a political activist who sided with the down trodden - or words to that effect. Of course, all the usurpers were and are lefties.
Well folks, Jesus Christ certainly was an activist but the downtrodden people he sided with were those who were down trodden upon by the established church of the day as exemplified by the Pharisees and Sadducees of the Jewish synagogues scattered about the place
The political force of the day was in fact Rome which occupied the homelands of the Jews and Jesus was careful to avoid criticism of Rome..
There are two vivid extracts from the New Testament which make it clear that Jesus avoided getting involved in secular politics.
The first was where he was challenged about paying gummint taxes. His reply is famous:- " Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's."
The second was the occasion on which he was dragged before Pontius Pilate by his enemies within the church. Pilate was no fool and he concluded:- "I can find no wrong this man has done."
The long and thee short of it is, there is not one shred of biblical evidence to support the notion Jesus was a political activist because, plain and simple, he was not.
These same political activists spend their lives bemoaning the declining membership of their churches, which decline is accelerated by their own dishonest tub thumping.
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