What Jesus never said

With the elections coming up in just a few weeks, John Fugalsang’s popular socio-political meme about the “Radical Revolutionary Jesus” is making the rounds and is a perfect example of man creating God in his own image.

Fugalsang asserts that Jesus was never…
• Anti-gay
• mentioned abortion or birth control
• justified torture
• fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest
• asked a leper for a co-pay. Continue reading “What Jesus never said”

Politicizing Jesus

The popular meme by John Fugalsang creates a Jesus made in his own image saying Jesus was “anti-wealth.” In another version, Fugalsang says Jesus was “anti-capitalism”. Fugalsang’s meme goes on to say Jesus “never called the poor lazy.”

Jesus never mentioned being for or against any form of economics. Jesus had no wealth while on earth, but there is no biblical text that says Jesus was “anti-wealth.”

Fugalsang interprets Christ’s silence on any issue in favor of his own views. If Fugalsang is for it, then Jesus’ silence is for it. If Fugalsang is against it, then Jesus’ silence is against it. Continue reading “Politicizing Jesus”

Hookers, crooks and the Great Physician

Rad JesusSeeking to co-opt Jesus’ moral influence to advance an agenda, a popular meme making the social media circuit asserts:

“Jesus hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks.”

No one hung around with lepers in the ancient world, they were isolated.

“the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and publicans, said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? And when Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:16 ASV)

His critics said he was hanging around with sinners, Jesus said he was there as a physician. Not to party, but as a physician. Continue reading “Hookers, crooks and the Great Physician”

The politically useful Jesus vs. the Jesus of the Bible

Rad JesusJohn Fugalsang is one of the political types – recognizing the powerful moral influence of Jesus – seeking to make Jesus useful for his own social/political agenda. Fugalsang, in seeking power and legitimacy for his own views, recreates Jesus in his own image.

Fugalsang has a popular meme going around social media that spins Jesus into a more politically useful mold. This man-made Jesus has just enough of the ring of truth to carry some weight. But is it the truth?

Fugalsang begins claiming Jesus was a “radical, non-violent revolutionary.” Continue reading “The politically useful Jesus vs. the Jesus of the Bible”