1. Jesus met a group of angels in the desert, so yes, Jesus would be a libertarian. You’re welcome.


    1. I used the singular. He didn’t meet the angels, they met Him. He met Satan, once.


      1. Still, the Angels were good libertarians. I still with my story, you can stick with your false one.


          1. Oh Joel,

            Oh ye of left wing constantinian Christianity.

  2. Robert

    Colbert just handed O’Reilly his faith on a pike. Awesome.


    1. O’Reilly has never read St. Francis among the others of his own faith.


  3. Joel, this isn’t directed at you so much, since you’re more nuanced than this (usually…I think), but I’ve got to rant here. I probably could have written a post on this, but my readership would plummet 50% if I wrote this there.

    Why must Christians frame everything in terms of politics? Why can’t we be in favor of free markets because we are convinced that they work the best, that they raise the aggregate standard of living for all? That supporting a system that creates dependency is not in the best interests of the poor? Why is it always, “You think you follow Jesus? Jesus really was socially conscious; therefore, we look more like him than you do!”

    It’s one thing to think that statist solutions to social problems are the most practical way of going about fixing social ills. If you don’t believe free markets work, attack the theory — not those who are convinced by it. Why must politically liberal Christians uphold as an inviolable truism that conservative Christians are only so because they don’t care enough about the poor? Studies show again and again that Republicans give more of their incomes to charity than do liberals (for whatever reason, I’m not reading anything into it), so it’s patently false that not defending every single spending proposal by the Democrats in power means that we don’t love like Jesus loves. Yet as soon as a principled libertarian or conservative demands more fiscal responsibility – which is reasonable for anyone except the government, somehow or another – the sneers start rolling in from the enlightened left.

    If there’s anything I know, it’s that the Church could accomplish anything that needs to be done (that can be done with just money) voluntarily, by digging deeper in our own pockets, by calling out to the “haves” to soften their hearts, and by appealing to the sheep-and-the-goats social concern in the back of most Christians’ minds.

    Living like Jesus wants us to means giving our money, giving of our time and efforts, and if you want to go really hardcore, selling our possessions. It doesn’t mean self-righteously scorning the conservative Christian you just read about on your iPad who is against uncritically throwing money at whatever government programs the politicians tell us we need and who does not agree that we should demand that the government force other people to give more.

    Tell us, beg us to give more, to give ’til it hurts. But don’t think that our criticizing the politico-economic model of redistributionism is an indictment of our love for Jesus and our understanding of his ministry — it usually isn’t.


    1. First, I would urge you to note the tags.

      Second, I think that free markets are disastrous to the human condition.

      Third, as I said, Christ wouldn’t have been a liberal democrat either. I think we get caught up with the Jesus that we want on our side and recreate Him as we see fit. Conservative, as O’Reilly as done, and as Liberals often do. The fact, of course, remains, that Christ was socially conscious and Paul showed some hints of this as well, but to couch them in terms of liberal, democrat, conservative republican, and unemployment, etc.. removes what that were really saying and we become no better than those who use Christ to promote hate.


      1. Joel, of course it’s “humor”, and I enjoyed the clip. But knowing that it will be trotted out as serious and circumspect commentary (as I have already seen it done) is what set off my rant. I did appreciate your caveat about Christ, and your comment above. Sorry you happened to be standing nearby when I exploded!


        1. Nah… I can take it. One of the things that bothered me about the justice movement was their use of the Cross and Christ, which I found as blasphemous as those on the right who do it.

          I will say that I enjoyed the clip because it is Colbert schooling O’Reilly on their shared religion


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