I haven't been to church in a couple of weeks. My back has been giving me serious grief. That's also why I haven't been blogging much. I can't sit more than a few minutes. So this post has taken me MUCH time to write.
Elseweb, I saw a silly pic of Jesus saying, "Get real. Like Jesus would ever own a gun or vote Republican." Someone replied, "Sorry, Jane, but 'teach a man to fish' is a conservative value". I laughed and wrote, "No it isn't. Teach a man to fish suggests universal education, and that's a liberal value". Heh. I told MrFCS, who by the way, I'm going to call "Tony" here, because Snap, Crackle and Pop's Dad should totally be Tony the Tiger. And hello, he's GRRRRRREAT!. Anyway, Tony said, "No, a conservative value is to make it illegal for a man to fish, selling all the fishing rights to a foreign corporation, and then selling the fish back to the man at a premium." He's right, of course. In some places it is illegal to collect your own rainwater. Thank you ever so much corporate greed. I know someone's going to say that corporate greed isn't a conservative value, and it didn't used to be. But it is now.
So I got thinking about it. I've often joked that Jesus was a socialist. I don't believe that, but I suspect he'd have been a lot more sympathetic to the socialist cause than the libertarian cause, which couldn't be more anti-Christian if it tried. Their basic tenet is that I am not my brother's keeper. You don't have to get too far into the Bible to see what God thinks of that one!
Jesus: Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.
Corporate: I've got mine, fuck you.
Jesus (in the story of the Prodigal Son): If you screw up, come home to your father and you'll be welcomed home with open arms and celebration.
Corporate: You made your bed, lie in it.
Jesus: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength... You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
I could go on, but I've been attempting to write this post for 3 weeks. It's getting sent.
And just for fun, some bible literalism amusement: