Supply side Jesus

When George W. Bush said his favorite philosopher was Jesus, I was floored. How could this be, given Bush’s views? Well, now I am enlightened. He was obviously talking about “Supply side Jesus” — the clear inspiration for so many conservatives.

This fantastic bit of satire is making the Facebook rounds, but a flap of the early bird’s wings goes to Scott Russell.

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2 Responses

  1. Phil Snyder says:

    Too many people want to claim Jesus as their own. The liberals want a “socialist” or “communist” Jesus who wants the government to guarantee everyone’s needs.

    The conservatives want a free market Jesus who supports “family values” and moral living. Jesus came to set us free, not to enslave us to the government.

    The truth is that Jesus is very hard to pin down economically. He was as harsh to the government of his day as we was to the religious establishment. I support “Social Justice” but I do not trust government to be an instrument of Social Justice. As I have often said, the difference between a burro, a burrow, and a bureau is taht the first is an a$$. The second is a hole in the ground and the third is a place filled with people who don’t know the difference between the first two (grin).

    But, then, how do we care for the poor and those who cannot care for themselves? We do it personally. We do it by getting our own hands dirty and not by forcing others, through the threat of jail, to pay for our charity. In the government “charity” model, neither the giver nor the receiver are helped by the charity. Government has no soul. In personal charity, both the giver and the receiver and changed and can be brought closer to God through charity. Would Jesus be a Republican or a Democrat in our country today? I submit that he would be neither. He would be angered by the Republican’s trust in individuals who cannot be trusted and he would be angered by the Democrats trust in government that cannot be trusted. He would be angered by the Democrats willingness to keep poor people poor and to refuse to change their policies in the face of unintended consequences. He would be angered at the Republican’s focus on rugged individualism and the Democrat’s identity politics.

    I wish people were more focused on being on Jesus’ side (and learning what that side is) than Jesus being on their side.

    Phil Snyder

  2. liz says:

    Just because someone does not like George Bush for whatever reason, how can he make the statement that he is not a Christian, unless he knows him on a very personal level. One cannot make that judgement easily. You must know the person intimately to know that. Claiming Jesus does not make one a Christian. One must behave as a Christian [in a Christ like manner] to actually be a Christian. You will know a Christian by their actions. George Bush does try to live by these examples. There are many who call themselves Christians, but do not follow the examples of Christ in their lives.