Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Jesus Christ, the first Socialist
Read all about the Socialist Party in Oklahoma.
Byzantine Christianity was another. Celtic monastic society still another.
But if we rub them like polished worry stones, we are only masturbating nostalgia.
Christians are not called to such. Globalization of economy, environment, and human rights calls for new things built on the capitalist reality with critical thinking that draws on many ideas. Social security and health makes a ton of sense. But it will be in different dress than overalls or kaftans.
That's going in the direction of those who say jeans and a brown hoodie is the way a VP represents.
I don't want to chain the critter to a stake. I do want to keep it in a cage, a big one maybe, but a cage nonetheless.
Capitalism rockz. So does social legislation to mitigate its extremes.
As an individual Christian, I *am* called to use all of my resources to advance the Kingdom, including my vote. It's the entanglement of political alliances that brings downsides as well as upsides.
And, maybe because 'tis almost the season, I'm reminded again of Ebenezer Scrooge's spectral visitations, among them ghosts chained together to represent corrupt governments.
What happens in New York today will happen in Tulsa tomorrow.
Debs and Kant can be picked up while reading the living.
As for Oklahoma Social/Populism see the Railroad. Thus our Constitutionaly created Corporation Comission with elected Comissioners.
Early Christians were not socialist, they were in fact communist,the establishment of an egalitarian, classless society based on common ownership of the means of production and property in general.
That said, the stories of Jesus display him as a better role model than Abraham Moses or Joshua.
2000 years ago in Rome, I might have disagreed - such is the changing moral zeitgeist