Jared Witt l December 7, 2017
Jesus was not a socialist.
Not so fast. Jesus was not a capitalist, either.
I haven’t said much at this point. It should take no more than 26 consecutive seconds of thought to figure that much out. And yet his name gets roped into supporting one of those two options all the time. Sometimes his unqualified support for the one or the other is assumed as if it were the most basic thing about him.
Here’s what we can say about Jesus, at least from the teachings given to us in the four gospels:
If the jury is still out as to what Jesus would advise for our 21st century macro-economic system, he is extremely clear about one thing regarding our micro-economics. Enough is enough.
When you have enough, give the rest to someone else.
This simplifies a lot of questions.
How much should we give?
Whatever is more than enough.
Should we give taxes to Caesar?
Sure, if you already have enough.
Was eco-justice, let alone climate change, a timely topic, that Jesus would’ve thought to comment on?
Probably not. So just take from nature whatever is enough and preserve the rest.
Are there modern day politicians, oil industrialists, and pizza moguls who disagree on how much is enough? Absolutely. But no follower of The Way is really fooled by them.
And besides, who cares what the pagans think? You are an instrument of change. You have a wealth of resources to draw from and make the world around you better for others. The lilies of the field have been clothed in splendor just as the hairs on your head have been counted. You can be freed from this shameful and anxious lie that life is not more than things.
And the point is not that there is a magic number which we all need to agree is enough. The point is that once you start to look at life like this, that number for you will gradually decrease as your gratitude for what you have increases. If you’re a liberal, give. If you’re a conservative, conserve. Greed is neither conservative nor liberal. And gratitude can be both.
Give thanks for enough. And give the rest away.
Cheers and Peace,
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