If Jesus Were Alive Today
It is interesting to calculate whether Jesus, if he were alive today would be a liberal or a conservative. Through comparative
analysis and an examination of historical data, we can certainly make some plausible and persuasive points in that regard. But,
while I believe some worthwhile ideas have been put forth in the course of what is certainly a stimulating thought experiment,
I know in my heart if Jesus were bearing witness in the world as it is today, if he walked among us in sandals and smock he
would want us to take care of each other; he would, in so many words want us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
He would be in the street marching with his brothers and sisters for health care and a living wage.
He would be raising his voice and his fist on behalf of those who claim the right to marry regardless of gender.
He would be raising his voice and his fist on behalf of an earth already dealing with the ravages of climate change.
With fires that consume entire states, continents that are melting, hurricanes that wash away cities and towns.
I know in my heart that if Jesus were bearing witness in the world as it is today, he would march with those who are
protesting against racial injustice, not with those who are protesting against the wearing of masks.
He would seek a middle ground that respects the life of the unborn and the life of those who actually give birth.
He would be a "terrorist" pulling down the statue of a confederate general because people who fought their countrymen for
the right to keep slaves, should not for that reason be honored in the public square. Similarly, he would fight for the retitling
of schools, boulevards and military bases because the ordinary places in which we live our lives should not be named after the
champions of servitude. Should not be daily reminders of a past for which some still secretly yearn. Should not be used to
inspire fear in those for whom the past betokens the whip and the chain.
Likewise, I think we can safely say he would NOT support kidnapping children from their parents and holding them in cages; or
the barring of refugees who are fleeing conditions most of us can barely imagine.
That he would not support using Gods name (or for that matter his), to legitimate conspiracy theories that demonize political
opponents... That legitimate homophobia, Islamophobia or anti-Semitism.
Indeed, if Jesus were alive today no doubt Steve Bannon would want to cut off his head, stick it on a pike and plant it on the
White House lawn next to Dr Fauci. Something like that actually happened to him once, didn't it?
I know these things in my heart and I know them because like many, for me Jesus is alive today, alive in spirit, and alive in my
dreams and it is in my dreams that he told me this:
"There's a lot of minds to change,
a lot of music to make,
a lot of hearts to open with song."