Ask A Christian, Part VI: No, Christ Wasn’t an Anti-Government Agitator Murdered by Police Brutality

It’s Sunday, and I’m seeing more ridiculous and blasphemous shoehorning of Jesus Christ into political issues by people who hate Jesus Christ and God the Father who sent him, so I think it’s the perfect time for another installment of Ask A Christian. Because the world has seen too much of this guy as of late:

It could be some moron of any political stripe, but if you’re honest with yourself, you know that in America, while not perfect Christians (because nobody is), the American political right is mostly Christian and the American political left is not only mostly not Christian, there is a large and vocal element that hates Christianity and Christians.

Don’t argue with me on this because it’s true. The four or five exceptions you can think about prove noting. It is as impossible to graft Christianity onto radical leftist reality-denying libertine communist politics as it is to Mammon-worshipping Austrian economic Ayn Randian/William Buckley-style “greed is good” conservatism. We’ll come back to this.

Anyway, here are some gross–and I do mean gross–misconceptions I’ve been seeing about Jesus Christ and His followers lately. They’re really stupid and really infuriating.

“Jesus was a brown-skinned Jew!”

First, look at this picture:

Who do you think this is? I’ll bet you said “Jesus.” If you did, you’re wrong.

A forensic anthropologist created a model, basically an artist’s interpretation, of what a typical Galilean might have looked like from an actual Galilean skull. It was not intended to be a recreation of Jesus, just a typical Galilean.

Don’t lie though–you probably said “Jesus.”

That’s the power of media mind control: at the time, every headline screamed “SCIENTISTS RECREATE WHAT JESUS LOOKED LIKE!” and that falsehood became the story everyone remembers.

Fact is, nobody knows exactly what Jesus looked like.

Fact is, Jesus probably wasn’t “brown-skinned” as low-IQ race-obsessed Americans conceptualize “brown skin.” I have basically the same skin tone as this image, maybe a hair darker . . . and when I’m in the sun a lot, I get a lot darker. And I neither Jewish nor Arab nor Hispanic nor any other kind of race we call “brown skin.”

So this is just a stupid “own” by idiots who hate Christians because they assume all Christians are racist and:

(a) Don’t realize Jesus was a Galilean;

(b) Don’t understand He likely didn’t look like how he’s portrayed in a lot of Western iconography; and

(c) Would be somehow bothered by the fact that Jesus was a Jew of the Levant.

Fact is, nobody seems to care exactly what Jesus looked like except for evil idiots who hate Him. So if you’re using this talking point to insult Christians, you’re just an asshole.

“Don’t you realize Jesus was an anti-Roman, anti-government rebel who was murdered by an oppressive state for trying to bring power to the people?”

Here’s an accurate representation of the kind of people who make statements like this:

This is so unbearably moronic on so many levels, the people who say stuff like this are either really, really stupid, are liars, have never read the Bible, or are really, really stupid liars who have never read the Bible. Everyone from Internet progressives and atheist edgelords to libertarian and conservatives weenies to Christ-haters like Ben Shapiro parrot variations of this theme.

They’re all wrong, and they’re liars.

For starters, Christ cared little for the Roman occupation of what once was Israel. He has shockingly little to say about the Romans aside from Mark 12:17. Jesus was pretty cordial to the Romans He met, like the centurion whose servant He healed. Jesus said nothing about “freeing” the Jews, He said nothing about fighting Roman occupation, and He was not executed for being an anti-Roman rebel.

Jesus was not a criminal in the eyes of the Romans.

If anyone has actually read the Bible, they’d know that Roman governor Pontius Pilate did not want to execute Christ! Pilate tried everything–appeasing the Jews, having Herod deal with Him, beating the hell out of Him hoping that this punishment would appease the Jews.

But no. So finally, in order to avoid rioting from the contentious citizens of that occupied land, Pilate agreed to crucify Christ–at the Jews’ behest!–and then washed his hands of it . . . literally.

So, who was Jesus really against? His own people, the Jews! That’s right: Christ’s ire was directed at the corrupt chief priests and scribes of the Temple, the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Jesus Christ had nothing to do with politics, nor was he against “the state,” unless you consider the religious authorizes “the state.”

Ben Shapiro apparently does though, since he thinks Jesus Christ was just a criminal who got executed “for his troubles.”

“Don’t you think if He were here that Jesus would be marching with Black Lives Matter?”

No. He is the Son of God, and if He were here, we’d know.

I’ll indulge this idiocy for a moment though: no, Christ wouldn’t be involved in wanton violence and property damage. End of story. He’d probably tell all the rioters and all the cops to go home and pray to God for forgiveness of their sins.

Let’s go one step further though: Jesus would hate all American politics.

Seriously. Democrats are pro-abortion, so that’s a non-starter right there. But Republicans aren’t off the hook either, because love of money is also a form of wickedness God most certainly does not love.

That’s just scratching the surface.

He wouldn’t be Libertarian either, because Libertarianism’s satanic, Crowley-esque “Do what thou wilt” form of morality is antithetical to Christian teaching.

So we’re all out of luck.

The Bottom Line: Stop shoehorning Jesus Christ unto your awful politics, especially if you’re not even a Christian.

It’s very telling that anti-Christians still feel the need to wrap their awful decisions and life choices in the mantle of Christian morality, twisting and subverting Christ to make it seem like He totally approves of their vices and sin.

Almost as if they . . . fear His judgment.

The next time some dork tries this on you, administer the Witch Test.

Thanks to Brian Niemeier, we have a near foolproof way to see if your assailant is sincere or not. Simply demand that they confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God the Father raised Him from the dead.

If they refuse or try to dodge by saying “That’s between me and God” or “Judge not lest you be judged,” you’ve got a witch on your hands and have no obligation to take them seriously or sincerely.

Unless you’re actually in favor of a Christian theocracy–which actually seems like it might beat the alternatives presented to us–keep Christ out of your awful, awful politics.

16 comments

  1. Maybe OT, but I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’d like to hear your thoughts on it, AH.

    A lot of Christians put their faith into action by empathizing with people who struggle with racial anger. This segues easily to knee-jerk support for false narratives about race in America that can be debunked with a Google search (or a Tom Sowell lecture). When truth is offered in response, the reaction often is that the speaker is ignorant or privileged.

    But if a brother or sister was terrified an alien invasion is imminent, would our first response be to validate that belief with empathy, or restore a sense of truth to the person’s mind? Evidence, or lack thereof, must be considered when forming the basis of belief. That’s how I came to Christ: I accepted the truth in who Jesus was and what He did, and I answered God’s call.

    Christians should be about truth as well as reconciliation with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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    • We should be about truth. But so many American Christians were raised either biblically illiterate, or taught false doctrine, so we get a lot of this touchy-feely of the world stuff that is far removed from the Word of God.

      Case in point, conflating the BLM nonsense with actual biblical commands to live thy neighbor. I think pointing out what BLM actually stands for, and how it’s anti-Christian, is a good place to start.

      Beyond that, I’m not so sure anything CAN be done about Christians who freak out after being called on the falsehood of their claims. Maybe they’re following someone else, namely the prince of this world.

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  2. Alexander

    I laugh my head off as I’m a blond haired blue eyed mediterrean while my sister is typically mediterrean.
    In Spain when I was kid some people spoke to me in German and then testily replied on Catalan why are you speaking to me in German?

    The reactions were just utterly priceless.

    On to the main post, yeah I hate this coloring. How about remembering the Jesus is king who incarnated preached and died for our sins so we could be reconciled.
    That’s so mindblowing it’s cringeworthy gauche to reduce our Lord to some pedestrian rabble rouser.

    His message is so radical St Paul defines it as the scandal of the Incarnation.
    So yeah let’s think what His true message is.

    xavier

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    • I laugh too. I mean, my wife is full Greek and she’s blonde and fair. My kids are also light skinned, light eyed, and light haired. Yet here I am darker of hair, eye, and complexion that most Jewish people I’ve met. Hell I’m darker than a lot of Hispanics I know. I’ve had people just start speaking Spanish to me, people mistake me for Arab, and most interestingly, for Samoan.

      In Greece, everyone speaks to me and not my wife, assuming I’m fluent and she’s not. Hilarity ensues.

      Caring about what Christ physically looked like is the province of spiritually dead, race-obsessed modernists for whom all that matters is bashing Christ and his followers. Don’t fall for it!

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  3. Alex wrote:

    “Jesus Christ had nothing to do with politics, nor was he against “the state,” unless you consider the religious authorizes “the state.”

    —I’m no religious scholar but my impression is the state or government what have you is just part of the physical world. People here need to eat, breathe and so on, along with that is how humans exist together and the different types of society that are formed. It’s background.

    At that time, my impression is you either dropped what you were doing and followed Christ or did your best to follow what He preached if you were blessed enough to hear.

    And after that period of time, you either did the same by renouncing the world (monks, priests, nuns) or tried to live as best a Christian life as possible while existing in the world, paying bills, taxes, holding a job, etc. as most Christians do.

    cheers

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  4. “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.'” John 18:36

    Jesus Christ also refused to bend the knee to the devil in exchange for all the kingdoms of this world.

    These discussions remind me of Edward Leen’s WHY THE CROSS:

    “The function of Christianity is not to reform or devise economic or social systems: her function is to reform and to transform the economists themselves. … a change in social conditions unaccompanied by a change in the dispositions of men, will but result in the substitution of one set of wrongdoers for another.”

    I don’t fault That Guy for warping the Gospels to support the narrative-du-jour of the heretical death cult; rather, Christians should summary reject That Guy’s frame, hence the effectiveness of the witch test.

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    • “Jesus Christ also refused to bend the knee to the devil in exchange for all the kingdoms of this world.”

      That’s GREAT rhetoric. Jesus didn’t bend the knee to the devil, so why do Christians have to bend the knee to anyone? Perfect!

      That quote from Why The Cross is also beautiful. I love the “reform the economy, not the economist.” That is perfect and accurate.

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  5. I think that the divine rule of a king is the best system of government: there is no system in which corrupt men cannot rule, but trusting in the good Lord to provide us with a just ruler seems like a better chance than voting for whichever wretched politician the bankers select for us.

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    • Jacob B

      Nope. Absolutely not. In fact the divine right of kings is contrary to natural law. The Spanish bureaucrats under Felipe II (the Spanish Armada king) actively suppressed the School of Salamanca’s anti-tyrant writings and heavily censored the economic writings to the point that Europe lost a cogent alternative to both Adam Smith/Ricardo and Marx. Only now is there a concerted effort since Grace Hutchison’s doctoral dissertation published as a book, to rehabilitate the School. Further for Spain, Like in France, the divine right has provoked an overbearing centralism where Madrid is nothing more than a millstone on Spanish development, the crushing of regional languages to the point they were prohibited and regulated to the home and even then.

      The divine right of kings in France led to perpetual warfare, an overbearing centralization crushing local/non elite languages, and unsustainable debt culminating in the French revolution. And subsequent French history has been to perpetuate the divine right whether it’s jacobin, bonapartist, orleanist, republican gaullist, etc rather than return to the decentralized regionalism of the medieval period

      xavier

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