Modern Christianity, having lost sight of Christ’s teachings, has been sacrificed and squandered by Christians who have cozied up to power and wealth
The radical Jesus, the political dissident who took aim at injustice and oppression, has been largely forgotten today, replaced by a congenial, smiling Jesus trotted out for religious holidays but otherwise rendered mute when it comes to matters of war, power and politics.
Jesus spent his adult life speaking truth to power, challenging the status quo of his day, and pushing back against the abuses of the Roman Empire. For instance, recall the time when Jesus spilled money all over the temple floor, throws the furniture around, a whip in his hand. Quite a dramatic action for the Prince of Peace! Did you know the temple of Jerusalem in his day was the most magnificent building complex east of Rome? I didn’t. The high court sat there, the main bank and money exchange. You could say Jesus took on a combination of Washington DC, Wall St., the Vatican, and the military base in Qatar.
At the top of this edifice was a tight-knit coalition of the wealthy and powerful — in today’s parlance, the billionaires. And it was at that moment, according to all four gospels, that this cabal “started looking for a way to kill him.” That is, the billionaires murdered Jesus. Not the “Jews” — who were, in fact, his own community. Interestingly, it couldn’t be done just then, because he was surrounded by a cross-cutting coalition of that community.
So what are the lessons in all this? It’s clear the true gospel has been sacrificed and squandered by Christians who have cozied up to power and wealth. What they represent is a brand of religion that bears little resemblance to the teachings of Jesus Christ.