Sunday, January 10, 2010

What Would Jesus Do?

As my primary education consisted of 12 years of Catholic school I believe that I can speak with a small bit of authority on this subject. Of course, it appears my opinion is in direct contradiction to many of those far right wing persons who identify themselves as Christians, but seem not to follow Christ's teachings. They appear to be Christian in name only.

First off, I do not understand why "Christian in name only" people consistently want to tell me what Christ "really meant." I did not know that God had difficulty communicating. When Christ says "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of my father" I believe him. Do not try to justify certain behavior by saying "well, there was this rock formation which they called the eye of the needle...." The quotes are simple. The meaning is simple. The truth is easy. Lies are hard.

Second, I do not know why the "Christian in name only" people want to cite the old testament as authority for their opinions. Christ stated "I am the new covenant, everything before me is past." Simple. Here are the new rules. Ignore the old rules. If you want to follow the rules set forth in the old testament then call it the Torah and become Jewish. Nothing wrong with that. Well, except that Judaism is not a proselytizing religion and they may not want you.

Third, understand that it may be more important that Christ was a human being than that he was divine. Why? Because he lived his life as an example as to how we are supposed to live our own lives! If Christ were only a divine spirit then we could not be expected to live our lives the way that he did. Who could live up to the example set by a divine spiritual being that did not have the desires of the flesh? The answer is nobody. Even if you do not believe that Christ was God, you can believe that here was a man that was able to live his life in a certain way, and even sinned, but could ask for, and receive, forgiveness.

Fourth, we come to the question: what would Jesus do and why? As is most common regarding the truth, the answer is simple. When asked a straight up question He gave a straight up answer: Question: Lord, how do I enter the kingdom of our Father? - Answer: You must love yourself, as you love God, and your neighbor.

Let's break this down a little. In order to love God you have to love yourself first. Once you learn to love yourself, then you can learn to love God, then you can learn to treat all others in the same manner that you would want to be treated, because you love yourself in the same way that you love God. Okay, a little complicated but the bottom line is simple: Treat everyone the way you would want them to treat you, and treat yourself with the same love as if you were God.

If you are not sure what this entails let's look to the examples left to us by Jesus, the person for whom we are asking what would he do:

He would/we should heal the sick.
He would/we should feed the hungry.
He would/we should clothe the naked.
He would/we should forgive those that sin against us.

"Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, so you do unto me."

So, what should we do? We do what Jesus would do. Or at least as close as us mere mortals can come. We need to change the Constitution so that the government is returned to the people, not the corporations,so that we can pass laws and administer programs that benefit everyone, not just benefit corporations and their billionaire CEOs.

We have to remind those of us who call themselves Christians that we need to start acting like it, not just in church, but in life. And we have to realize that all major religions have at their core a mandate to treat everyone the way they way they would like to be treated.

But most important, we have to get moving and do what needs to be done to help ourselves and our fellow man.

My name is Miguel A. Muro and I approved this message.

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