Yes, what American culture needs is a lot more Jesus. But before you start cheering (or clicking away because you think I’ve become a religious bigot), let me explain what I mean.
Although we’re allegedly an extremely Christian country (even though that was never what the Founding Fathers intended) and 70% of Americans identified themselves as Christian in the 2020 Census, you would never believe it by the things we do or the policies we support.
What Jesus is not
Jesus is not celebrating migrant people drowning at the border, including an infant. I can’t say what his view on immigration would be, but I know it wouldn’t be that. I also highly doubt Jesus would support Greg Abbott’s practice of setting up buoys in the Rio Grande to deter more people from crossing the river.
It’s almost like I remember quite a few stories from the Bible that involved crossing rivers…I wonder if there’s any significance in that. Nah, probably just a coincidence.
But anyway, yes, this is going to be another one of those articles that reminds you that Jesus was actually a long-haired hippie of Middle Eastern descent with strangely socialist values (not a blond-haired, blue-eyed white, conservative and judgmental man.) Talk about making him an idol in your own image.
Jesus would not demonize anyone in any community; he regularly ate with sinners, including prostitutes and people whom society considered untouchable and unclean.
He definitely would not support the American government’s decision to refuse to condemn the attacks in Gaza. He would be absolutely horrified by the fact that we were funding the people of Israel to bomb thousands of Palestinians and would probably be the loudest voice in the “free Palestine” campaign. (Yet conservative Christians are the loudest in the pro-Israel camp because they think it’s going to be the site of the final battle that will finally reward them with going to Heaven. They are so certain they would make the cut that they haven’t considered the alternate possibility. I don’t know why more people aren’t scared of the fact that they are literally rooting for the destruction of the human race.)