It sickens me to see these “progressive Christians” abusing Christianity and the Bible completely beyond recognition when it comes to building a political philosophy. There is a political philosophy within the Bible. It is neither inherently Republican nor Democrat. Rather, it is simply “put not your trust in princes or in the sons of men” (Ps. 146:3). Hence, why I am a Libertarian and not a Republican or Democrat. But even the Libertarian party is not the Biblical version or the Christian version of politics. For Jesus’s kingdom is “not of this world” (Jn. 18:36). In fact, the politics of Christianity is a spiritual struggle between the secular forces of the world, the spirits aligned with the devil, and the Holy Spirit and the saints in Heaven led by Christ the King (Eph. 6:12).
But nevertheless, let’s take the Christian left to task here in its effort to de-stabilise the Christian religion and turn it into the latest secular fad.
1. The Good Samaritan is not about immigration illegal or legal
First, the Christian left conflates the government’s assistance to refugees and immigrants with a moral virtue. It is not. It is an issue of the government establishing order and civility in a just society and as such, the government is given full right to determine who does and does not come into its country (Rom. 13:1-4). The story of the Good Samaritan begins with a man questioning Jesus on what law he must follow (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus tells him to love his neighbour. The man demands to know who his neighbour is so he may fulfill this law. Jesus delivers the story of the Good Samaritan who is a foreigner from a group of people that has been in conflict with the Jewish people. A priest and a Levite both pass by a man who has been severely wounded by a group of thieves. The only person that will help this man is the foreigner who the Jews are in conflict with. The “bad guy” is given the status of “hero” in the story. Jesus then tells the man questioning him to do the same as the Samaritan. This is not about immigration. This is about helping and providing aid to people in need regardless of whatever existing quarrels, religious laws, or class status. The priest and the Levite are involved in the category of people who are such sticklers for religious laws and class status that they want to preserve what they have over the needs of the man at the time. The Samaritan is an enemy and has every reason to kick the man while he is lying on the ground just for insult. But he doesn’t. This is not the same thing though as giving a homeless man money or water whenever. If you have no water, there is nothing you can do but say a prayer or be friendly and give him a smile of recognition. If you even have money, it may not be best. But if you have at least water, give it.
2. Christians were communists
This is one of the most nutty things that is constantly thrown out by “scholars” of early Christianity. Because the Christians were giving and sharing their possessions in the book of Acts and sacrificing their property (Acts 4:32-35), the first Christians must have been communists. Actually, the parable of the talents describes something that is quite capitalistic as well (Matt. 25:14-30). One man is given five talents, the other two, and the third one. The man with the five bags doubles his amount, the second likewise, and the third buries his in the dirt refusing to use it lest he lose it. The master returns and scolds the third for he did not risk what he had to gain more of the master’s treasure. While indeed, this is quite capitalist, the money involved in the story is metaphorical of heavenly riches. Christians are baptised and then confirmed in order to be enlisted as soldiers. This means going out into the spiritual battlefield for Christ. Being subjected to temptation as Christ was. And even going so far as to die for him. He is our treasure where no moth and rust can destroy (Matt. 6:19-24). He also states “blessed are the poor” (Luke 6:20) signifying that the class system of rich against poor is meaningless. A man given to voluntary poverty has accumulated more treasure than a man who has accumulated earthly material goods. Those who give in generosity and give much receive much. Giving much is giving all such that the widow who gave two coins did (Luke 21:1-4). When we give we receive back from God who is our only treasure. So it was not that Christians were communists but rather that Christians have a different treasure which is a heavenly treasure.
3. Taxation is Godly
Romans 13:6-7 and Matthew 22:17-21 are abused beyond recognition to justify taxation as anything other than governmental theft. The only problem is that both of these verses declare that Caesar’s authority and the government’s authority are actually derived from God. Meaning that paying taxes willingly is a form of giving back to God and acknowledging order that God has established. Incidentally, this also means that the government is supposed to give that tax-payers’ money to God and use it for good things but they rarely do this. Further, Jesus specifically called his Apostle Matthew when he was sitting at a tax collector’s booth (Matt. 9:9-13). St. Matthew was led away from his life of sin to Jesus. Another man, Zecchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), the “wee little man” who “climbed the sycamore tree” in order to receive Jesus was also a tax collector who upon being visited by Jesus, St. Zacchaeus immediately gave back the wealth he had taken from everyone.
People who want to abolish governmental charity systems are abusing the poor
This one is simply moronic and a straw-man. People who want to abolish governmental charity programs want to rid charity programs of governmental corruption plain and simple and they want the Church to actually take over charity programs.